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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fresh Produce at Farmers Markets Exempt from New Food Safety Regs

For farmers who sell fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, food safety will be business as usual, despite the federal Food and Drug Administration’s new proposed rules governing produce. “Business as usual,” because most market farmers are exempt from the new rules, just as they’re exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed… Continue Reading

Farm Protection Is Not “Ag-Gag,” Says Animal Ag Spokeswoman

The introductions of new bills in Arkansas and Indiana bring the number of states where legislatures will be considering measures about interference with livestock and poultry operations to five. A national spokeswoman for animal agriculture says such legislative proposals should be labeled as “farm protection” measures, not “ag-gag” bills as opponents call them. “Nothing gets… Continue Reading

Japan Agrees to Ease Mad Cow Restrictions on U.S. Beef

For only the second time in ten years, Japan on will further ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports starting February 1 to allow entry of beef and beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age. Previously, a 2006 restriction limited U.S. beef imports to products from cattle less than 20 months of age…. Continue Reading

Adulteration – In the Eyes of the Beholden?

Opinion

“Salmonella on a raw uncooked product is not, in and of itself, a public health risk … Salmonella on a raw uncooked hamburger does not make it adulterated. It does not mean that the plant is not operating in an unsanitary way.” – Patrick Boyle, CEO of the American Meat Institute, in a 2002 Frontline interview… Continue Reading

Sprouts Recalled in Pacific Northwest Over Listeria Concerns

Sprouters Northwest of Kent, Washington is recalling 1,953 pounds of alfalfa, clover, brocco sandwich sprouts, and spicy sprouts due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only… Continue Reading

Government Reports Foodborne Illness Stats for 2009-2010

CDC reports 299 outbreaks; raw milk rising as cause

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have analyzed data on all foodborne illness outbreaks that occurred in 2009 and 2010, pinpointing the pathogens and foods that were most frequently the source of outbreaks. While many figures matched those from previous years, CDC found that outbreaks linked to raw dairy had increased, and the number… Continue Reading

Last of Canada’s E. coli Victims Discharged From Hospital

Not a single E. coli O157:H7 outbreak can be considered a good one, but when everyone recovers it is about as good as it gets. And that’s how Canada’s January E. coli outbreak –sourced to California lettuce– is ending. “The last patient was discharged,” John Gillis, media relations advisor for the Capital Health District Authority… Continue Reading