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Helena Bottemiller

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FDA Expands Outreach to Farmers Concerned About FSMA Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday stepped up its outreach to small- and medium-sized growers by launching more resources to help explain the sweeping new food safety rules. The move comes after several news outlets ran stories highlighting farmers’ concerns about the costs of the regulations, which were mandated by Congress in the… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Limit for Arsenic in Apple Juice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed a limit for arsenic in apple juice, two years after testing by Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports spurred widespread consumer concern about the presence of the compound in juice products. The Environmental Protection Agency already has an arsenic limit for tap water, but the FDA’s new… Continue Reading

House Clears Portion of Farm Bill with Provision Aimed at Delaying FSMA

The House took a new approach to passing the long-stalled farm bill on Thursday: it passed a version that included farm programs, but left off the nutrition section, which represents 80 percent of the bill’s price tag. While much of the focus in Washington is on the political implications of splitting the farm bill into… Continue Reading

Smithfield CEO Tells Lawmakers Shuanghui Deal Won’t Impact Food Safety

American consumers will not be impacted and the safety of pork products will not diminish if Smithfield Foods is acquired by Shuanghui International, Smithfield’s CEO Larry Pope told the Senate Agriculture Committee at a hearing Wednesday. The assurances come as the proposed $4.7 billion sale, which would be the largest ever Chinese acquisition of an… Continue Reading

Fast Response May Limit Scope of Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cheese Sold Nationwide

The rapid detective work that linked a four-state Listeria outbreak — which has killed one person, caused a miscarriage, and hospitalized four others –- to cheese sold nationwide could prevent many illnesses, according to health officials. Dr. Barbara Mahon, deputy chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told… Continue Reading

HACCP Validation: A Long Road to Clarification

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has been requiring meat and poultry plants use Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, or HACCP, systems since the late 1990s, the details of how exactly plants validate those systems to ensure they work has been a topic of recent debate and increasingly a… Continue Reading

Investigation into Hepatitis A Outbreak Is ‘Very Complicated,’ Says FDA

Figuring out that pomegranate seeds from Turkey are likely what is responsible for infecting at least 132 people with Hepatitis A was unusually difficult, according to investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The ongoing investigation into the outbreak, which spans 8 states, is “very, very complicated,” said Carla Tuite, the lead on the… Continue Reading

FDA to Block Pomegranate Seeds from Turkey; Townsend Recall Expands

Updated July 30 with expanded recall information: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Saturday it will detain shipments of pomegranate seeds from Turkey as health officials have narrowed the likely cause of a Hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened at least 127 people in 8 states. On Sunday, one of the frozen berry… Continue Reading