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Moving Codex out of FSIS will boost trade, not food safety

Opinion

Editor’s note: This guest opinion column by Dr. Richard Raymond was originally publish on MeatingPlace.com and is republished here with permission.  The U.S. Codex Office is moving from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to USDA’s Trade and Foreign Affairs Office and that may not be such a good thing. The Codex Alimentarius, aka… Continue Reading

Court says San Francisco’s soda pop warnings unconstitutional

Sweetened beverage advertisers in San Francisco won’t be forced to add an obesity warning to their labels and advertisements. A federal appellate court has ruled the warning mandate violates the U.S. Constitution. The City and County of San Francisco enacted the local law two years ago, requiring advertisers of certain sugar-sweetened beverages to include this statement… Continue Reading

Cyclospora cases through the roof; CDC can’t find source

Previous outbreaks were traced to fresh produce, ranging from imported cilantro to berries

Almost 1,000 people in the United States have contracted infections from  Cyclospora parasites since May 1. Health officials are baffled, saying they haven’t been able to discover the source of the microscopic creatures, which infect humans via contaminated food and/or water. There were 988 laboratory-confirmed victims in the ongoing outbreak, spread across 40 states, as… Continue Reading

Inspector General again finds weaknesses in organic imports

Consumers buying pricey organic produce would likely be upset if they knew the imported fruits and vegetables they pay premium prices for are sometimes doused with chemicals when they reach the United States. A new report by USDA’s Inspector General looks at the National Organic Program’s international “arrangements and agreements” and finds them badly in need of… Continue Reading

New York finds Campylobacter bacteria in Yoder Farm raw milk

Unpasteurized, “raw” milk from the Martin Yoder Farm should be immediately discarded because it is contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. New York officials have prohibited the farm from selling raw milk until further notice. The farm immediately stopped selling the unpasteurized milk on Sept. 13 when state officials notified the owner of a preliminary positive… Continue Reading

FDA’s Gottlieb tells state ag bosses how FSMA is going to work

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb  talked about compliance with new food regulations at the Annual Meeting of the influential National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in New Orleans. Compliance deadlines are on the minds of those in American agriculture as 2018  approaches, making Gottlieb’s appearance before the state officials possibly the most… Continue Reading

Food Safety Month: Memories and myth busting

Opinion

Growing up, September always meant the beginning the school year. But now, entering my 16th year of schooling, September has taken on a new meaning as a graduate student who is passionate about raising the awareness for the FDA‘s National Food Safety Month. The second of four children, I was fortunate enough to have parents who educated me on the importance… Continue Reading

Abusive veterinarian turns FSIS Billings District into his own fiefdom, paper charges

In a two-part series, a daily newspaper in Montana documents 12 years of harassment by a vindictive federal supervisory inspector of some of the state’s small meat plants. In “Feds admit harassing small Butte meat plant, but take no action” and “‘Legg regs’ take their toll on plants throughout Montana,” the Montana Standard newspaper shows… Continue Reading