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Raw milk dairy linked to Listeria cases must submit to USDA inspection

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After three hours of testimony Tuesday, a federal judge ruled Amos Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm, located at 648 Millcreek School Road in Bird-in-Hand, PA, must submit to inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The order was handed down from the bench by  Judge Edward G. Smith in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania… Continue Reading

Court pulls plug on California soy business and its tofu, sauce

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Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp., doing business as Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce International Enterprises (Wa Heng), along with co-owners Peng Xiang “Martin” Lin and Yuexiao “Opal” Lin have consented to a decree in the U.S. District Court for Eastern California that permanently restrains and enjoins any further operation of their California… Continue Reading

First update to food safety law since 1967 in Nepal

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National food safety laws are coming in for attention around the world and the latest to look at changes is Nepal. The government in Kathmandu wants to amend its Food Safety Act to broaden the definition of food and define more types of malpractice in food trade. The changes in the law are being designed… Continue Reading

Judge strikes down USDA compost guidance, orders a do-over

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An industry trade group representing California and Arizona produce growers isn’t happy with a recent federal court decision striking down government guidance for using composted municipal green waste on organic farms. In a statement released June 21, Western Growers of Irvine, CA, expressed disappointment in the June 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the Northern… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Juice, seafood HACCP problems, drug residues

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A juice processor in Washington state, seafood companies in New York and Hawaii, and a cattle operation in Texas recently received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because of various food safety problems. The FDA told Valley Processing Inc. of Sunnyside, WA, in a June 2 warning letter that inspectors had found “serious violations” of the juice… Continue Reading

Trade secret clause gags FDA on distribution of recalled flour

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“CCI” may look and sound like a primetime crime series, but it’s actually the abbreviation for a legal phrase blocking FDA from revealing what food companies received flour that General Mills later recalled after it was linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to comment on… Continue Reading

Epic food recalls: What’s the deal with that?

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Anyone who has been following news lately is aware of two epic recalls prompted by concerns that two firms may have produced and distributed foods contaminated Listeria monocytogenes:  CRF frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables and SunOpta sunflower kernels. These recalls have been massive in scope because these foods were used as ingredients by… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Foreign catfish discover the U.S. really does have borders

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Editor’s note on update: A list of specific retail locations that received the recalled product is now available on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website. Click here for the list  which may be updated as additional information becomes available. The U.S. border has suddenly become meaningful to importers of Siluriformes, including foreign catfish. It’s all… Continue Reading

Halal appeals get meaty; federal court jurisdiction challenged

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When it went through the trial court, the case just seemed like a switch-a-roo scheme that got busted. But now, a consolidated appeal with oral arguments planned is sparking  broader interest because it’s become a question about the jurisdiction of federal courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has allowed the federal government… Continue Reading

Restaurant linked to campylobacter outbreak sued by local couple

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“Prepared” is the word that gets the  pink highlight treatment  in a new lawsuit filed in California Superior Court for Solano County on behalf of two victims of a Campylobacter outbreak liked earlier this month to Fairfield, CA restaurant. And the  word “prepared,” comes up often in the complaint against Alejandro’s Taqueria, the popular Mexican… Continue Reading