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Trump’s budget — Does FDA get a 9% increase or 31% cut?

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This was originally published May 26, 2017, on the website of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. The alliance is committed to an ongoing, multi-year effort with two specific goals — to assure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sufficient resources to protect patients and consumers, and to maintain public confidence and trust in… Continue Reading

Instant coffee ‘aphrodisiac’ recalled by Caverflo; death reported

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An instant coffee marketed as a “natural herbal” aphrodisiac is under recall nationwide after the report of one death and a finding by the FDA that it contains prescription drugs for treatment of erectile dysfunction. Caverflo.com posted the recall of 25-gram packets of “Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee” Thursday with the Food and Drug Administration. “FDA… Continue Reading

Appellate judges won’t release Wilkerson while awaiting appeal

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The extended visiting hours for Memorial Day weekend at Federal Correction Institution (FCI) Marianna probably won’t be much consolidation for 43-year-old Mary Wilkerson, who was denied in her second request for release on bail. She remains incarcerated at the western Florida panhandle federal prison. It’s about an hour from Wilkerson’s home in South Georgia. Circuit Judges… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak

Opinion

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I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading

Presidential bribes likely to slow JBS USA’s independence day

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When Federal Police in Brazil moved on several meatpacking plants on March 17, where meat inspectors were suspected of being on the take, no one could have predicted the probe would shortly be felt as far away as Northern Colorado and other North American locations with JBS USA facilities. But that’s where it’s landed, after two… Continue Reading

Supreme Court will not review DeCoster sentences in egg cases

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Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 83, and his 53-year old son Peter DeCoster are not going to get their day in the Supreme Court after all, but instead are likely to spend their summer and fall taking turns doing 3-month prison sentences at the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, SD. The DeCosters had petitioned the U.S. Supreme… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters target French, Portuguese companies

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A French company that packs olives and garlic and a sardine packer in Portugal are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for food safety violations at their facilities. In warning letters dated May 5 and recently made public by FDA, the agency outlined violations and gave the companies 15 working days to… Continue Reading

USDA reorganization plan could reduce food safety protections

Opinion

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A seemingly minor component of the USDA reorganization plan released last week could have a negative impact on food safety as the plan gets implemented. Much of the focus has been on the creation of a new undersecretary for trade position, but the plan also calls for the establishment of an interagency committee that would… Continue Reading

New FDA commissioner reassigns inspectors by specialty

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New Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is reassigning inspectors based on what they inspect instead of where they inspect it, as has been the plan for four years. It does not mean any change in the 4,000 inspectors assigned by FDA to inspect domestic and foreign facilities or to respond to consumer complaints…. Continue Reading