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EU food safety commissioner says science must prevail


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Editor’s note: These are the prepared remarks delivered by Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 2014-2019, this past week. Many of the challenges and actions he describes mirror situations in the U.S. with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other initiatives regarding food additives and labeling. Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: It’s not people, it’s algal flour and soy protein



When the recall alert for Soylent brand “Food Bars” hit my email a couple of days ago I would have thought it was a colleague pulling my leg but for the standard coding and language from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The thought of the name Soylent applied to an “engineered food” designed to “expand… Continue Reading

Before you cast a ballot, find out how they voted on food safety


To view an interactive map that includes how all 535 members of the U.S. Congress have voted on key food issues, please click the above image.

Editor’s note: Food Policy Action (FPA) issued its National Food Policy Scorecard for the 114th Congress on Oct. 17, revealing how members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted on key food issues. The organization released this statement with the scorecard, which is presented in the form of an interactive map on its… Continue Reading

Restaurant study group calls for back-to-basics approach


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A record setting number of attendees for the National Restaurant Association’s Quality Assurance Study Group’s annual session filled the Millennium Conference Room at Loews Philadelphia Hotel this past week for a three-day introspection of the industry’s food safety policies and practices. Day 1 was headlined with a keynote address by Frank Yiannas, Wal-Mart’s vice president… Continue Reading

From the ‘What were they thinking?’ files


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Note on content: Doug Powell originally published this photo and column on BarfBlog.com under the title “Killer of old people and ‘everyone’s too anal’ about produce given awards by Canadian grocers” Pete Luckett (right in photo) and is one of this year’s recipients of the “Life Member Designation,” awarded for lifetime contributions to independent grocery… Continue Reading

Food safety tips for those in path of Hurricane Matthew


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Editor’s note: The USDA posted this information Wednesday in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center expects that Category 3 Hurricane Matthew will affect Florida’s Atlantic coast Thursday evening… Continue Reading

Take care with traditional fare during the High Holidays


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Editor’s note: Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown today and continues for two days. It marks the beginning of the New Year on the Jewish calendar. Among its many highlights, autumn ushers in the Jewish High Holidays. While this is a time of celebration and prayer, it also means cooking meals for family and friends. To… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: More may be joining us “lab rats”



After 2012 when Colorado voters adopted Amendment 64, the state said we were all “lab rats” in the big new experiment  to see what happens when recreational marijuana becomes legal. We weren’t alone as “lab rats” for long as Washington State quickly joined us, and then the Evergreen State was followed by Oregon, Alaska, and… Continue Reading

Fear-based safety messages may be hurting poorest consumers


New peer reviewed research published in Nutrition Today shows fear-based messaging tactics used by activist groups and some organic marketers that invoke safety concerns about non-organic produce may be having a negative impact on consumption of fruits and veggies among low-income consumers. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Center for Nutrition Research surveyed… Continue Reading

The food police are coming — liability and DOJ enforcement


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The notion that “the food police are coming” motivated attendees at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference earlier this month to attend a session featuring Jeffrey Steger, assistant director in the Consumer Protection Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, and prominent attorney Doug Fellman, a partner, at Hogan Lovells US LLP. There have been many… Continue Reading