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Pesticide data report starts new debate cycle on fresh produce

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It’s the silver anniversary for the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which marks 25 years with results from samples collected in 2015. It’s a comforting report because it shows American-grown fruits and vegetables are safe because pesticide levels are kept below levels permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has the most stringent restrictions in the… Continue Reading

Meatloaf recalled because of undeclared allergens, wrong labels

recalled Taylor Farms Northwest meatloaf

Taylor Farms Northwest LLC of Kent, WA, is recalling meatloaf products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. There is concern consumers may have the improperly labeled products in their homes because they have sell-by dates of Dec. 10, according to the recall notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. People with allergies… Continue Reading

Publix recalls mixes; cites powdered milk Salmonella problem

Publix pancake mix

The Publix Super Markets grocery chain is recalling some of its pancake and waffle mixes because powdered milk in them may be contaminated with Salmonella. Publix officials initiated the recall after the supplier of the powdered milk notified them about the possible contamination, according to a notice posted on the grocery chain’s website Wednesday. Consumers… Continue Reading

Top food safety prosecutor continues accountability approach


The Justice Department’s top food safety prosecutor says the year-old “Yates Memo,” about holding individuals at corporations accountable, is “still evolving.” In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer said  “the memo’s changes in emphasis are yet to… Continue Reading

Clif Bar & Co. recalls energy bars because of plastic pieces

recalled Clif Nutbutter Filled bars

Clif Bar & Co. is recalling an unrevealed volume of its energy bars because fragments of plastic have been found in some chocolate hazelnut Nut Butter Filled bars. Only the chocolate hazelnut butter flavor of “CLIF Nut Butter Filled” energy bars is under recall. The recall covers individual bars, 12-count “caddies” and cases, according to the… Continue Reading

Chipotle CEO sets a bad example in ‘Today Show’ segment


Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

Editor’s note: This column was originally posted on barfblog.com on Dec. 7 under the headline “Chipotle CEO Ells uses the bare hand touch test for meat doneness.” Chipotle, one of our favorite barfblog topics, is in the news again as CEO Steve Ells appeared on the “Today Show” to talk woes associated with recovery from 2015’s… Continue Reading

New release of ‘Food Safety Law’ by McGuireWoods’ Jim Neale and Angela Spivey

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McGuire Woods LLP

McGuireWoods’ food and beverage industry team is proud to have written the nation’s leading treatise on “Food Safety Law.” Jim Neale and Angela Spivey co-authored the authoritative work, which should be on the bookshelf of anyone practicing in the areas of regulatory compliance or food safety litigation. The treatise includes a foreword by Bill Marler, one of… Continue Reading

Cold plasma proving to be hottest new food safety treatment

cold plasma blueberry research

Described as a “purple blow torch” by food safety scientists, cold plasma treatment can kill 99.9 percent of norovirus on blueberries without damaging the delicate fruit, giving a food safety boost to the so-called superfood. Brendan Niemira, a microbiologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, PA, and a team… Continue Reading