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President Trump likely to sign popular agro-terrorism bill

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President Donald J. Trump is shortly expected to sign H.R. 1238, also called the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act,” to coordinate efforts to defend U.S. food, agriculture and veterinary systems against terrorism. Congress sent the bill to the White House for the President’s consideration on June 27. The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of… Continue Reading

Rhode Island lawmakers plan vote on raw milk before last gavel

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Ahead of its plans at week’s end to adjourn sine de di, the Rhode Island General Assembly will vote, as early as today, on Senate Bill No. 247, which would establish rules and regulations for raw milk sales. It is one of a handful of bills that the General Assembly said it would vote on… Continue Reading

FDA warns shell egg facility to step up Salmonella prevention

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A shell egg production facility in Puerto Rico is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of food safety regulations regarding the prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis during production, storage and transportation. Officials from the FDA’s San Juan District Office inspected the Cidra, Puerto Rico, location of Avicola Santos Inc. on Aug. 8-24, 2016, and discovered the company’s shell eggs were prepared, packed or held… Continue Reading

Disparagement trial begins week 4; ABC News stands ground

Network's lawyer asks Beef Products Inc. witness about 60% sales drop preceding ABC reports

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The jury trial involving the South Dakota Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act continues today, beginning its fourth week of courtroom action in Elk Point, SD. Dakota Dunes, SD-based Beef Products Inc. (BPI) is suing Disney-owned ABC Television and reporter Jim Avila under the Disparagement Act for calling its beef product “pink slime” on more than… Continue Reading

Toddler foods, chicken bites recalled because of bone fragments

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Overhill Farms Inc. has recalled more than 57 tons of frozen, organic chicken bites, including Yummy Spoonfuls branded toddler foods, because of consumer complaints of bone fragments in the products. No injuries or illnesses had been reported in relation to the chicken products as of the posting of the recall notice Saturday on the USDA’s… Continue Reading

More than 30 tons of Sam’s Choice ravioli recalled nationwide

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Sam’s Choice brand beef ravioli distributed to Walmart stores nationwide is under recall because it may contain milk, which is a known allergen and is not declared on the product’s label as required by federal law. Cincinnati-based Wornick Co. posted the recall of more than 61,500 pounds of the ravioli with the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

More independence for the European Food Safety Authority

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Ever since the European Food Safety Authority was founded 15 years ago, it has claimed to operate independently of its European Union funding sources, including the legislative and executive institutions of the Commission, Council, Parliament and EU Member States. The Authority is an agency of the EU, but one that is housed in Parma, Italy, not Brussels,… Continue Reading

FDA, U.S. Marshals raid Minnesota warehouse, seize food

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Professional Warehouse and Distribution Inc., a repeat offender on the FDA’s books, won’t be storing food for human consumption any more according to the owner who spoke after U.S. Marshals seized food from the rodent-infested facility. The marshals went in on June 15 after the U.S. Department of Justice, working at the request of the… Continue Reading

Organic dates, snacks recalled for Listeria risk from HVF plant

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United Natural Trading LLC in Edison, NJ, has joined the list of companies recalling food because it contains ingredients from Hudson Valley Farms Inc., which found Listeria monocytogenes in its facility. Hudson Valley provided dates to United Natural Trading. Hudson Valley Farms notified United Natural Trading of the potential contamination, which impacts several brands distributed by… Continue Reading

Gov. LePage signs Maine food sovereignty into first-of-its kind law

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Maine has officially withdrawn state regulatory control from 20 or more local communities that have passed so-called food sovereignty ordinances. Additional cities and towns have only to adopt such ordinances to fall under the local control act that has been signed into law by Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Adoption, however, may be more symbolic than… Continue Reading