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Vermont Legislature Approves GMO Labeling Bill

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With the opportunity to make a little history on the line, the Vermont House of Representatives decided not to quibble about its original GMO labeling bill. Instead of asking for a conference committee with the Vermont Senate to work out their differences, the House on Wednesday just passed the upper chamber’s version on a 114-30… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Gets Rare Hearing Today in Baton Rouge

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Two Democratic state lawmakers representing mostly rural parishes are getting a legislative hearing today on a raw milk bill. If that does not sound like much, consider that Baton Rouge political watchers say it’s been more than a decade since raw milk has come up for discussion in the Louisiana Legislature. The Committee on Agriculture,… Continue Reading

Missouri Mulls Food Safety Exemptions for Home Kitchens, Nonprofit Events

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Nonprofit events in Missouri would be able to serve food prepared in unregulated home kitchens exempt from food safety regulations, and home kitchens would be able to make and sell cottage foods worth up to $50,000 a year under legislation before the Missouri Senate. Missouri House Bill 1100, which passed the General Assembly on a… Continue Reading

CDC: Listeria Outbreak Linked To Roos Foods Appears Over

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The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak earlier this year that killed one person and sickened seven people in Delaware and one in California appears to be over, according to a final update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The victims were all of Hispanic ethnicity, CDC’s update noted, and five of the illnesses… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Pesticides, Mycotoxins, Adulterated Dietary Ingredients

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published nine warning letters it issued to two dairies, a vegetable farm, an orchard, a bakery, a sunflower-seed manufacturing plant, a seafood facility and two dietary supplement manufacturers. Doughty Valley Holsteins of Millersburg, OH, and North Florida Holsteins of Bell, FL, received warning letters after selling a calf… Continue Reading

Kraft Recalls Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners for Packaging Mix-Up

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About 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners were recalled Sunday by Kraft Foods Group Inc. of Columbia, MO, because of a packaging error. Classic Cheese Dogs are contained in packaging for Classic Wieners. The packaging error means that the ingredients are not properly listed and a known allergen, milk, is not listed. The U.S…. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Health Department: Discard Raw Milk From Greenfield Dairy

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Raw milk from Greenfield Dairy near the central Pennsylvania town of Middleburg is likely contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and should be discarded immediately, state officials say. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized. The Greenfield raw milk has not yet been associated with any illnesses. The dairy’s  milk collected for routine sampling by… Continue Reading

Food-Safety Tips for Easter Eggs

Easter egg safety tips: wash hands, discard cracked eggs and keep eggs away from pets

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Easter Sunday is coming right up, so here are some important food-safety tips to remember this time of year when you’re decorating, cooking and/or hiding Easter eggs: Be sure and inspect the eggs before purchasing them, making sure they are not dirty or cracked. Dangerous bacteria may enter a cracked egg. Store eggs in their… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Salami Products Recalled for USDA Misbranding Problem

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Bolzano Artisan Meats LLC, of Milwaukee, WI, is recalling approximately 5,723 pounds of salami products for misbranding and because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. Products produced under the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) inspection… Continue Reading