Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Food Policy & Law

Subscribe to the Food Policy & Law Section RSS Feed

Federal Judge Strikes Down Kauai Law Limiting GM Crops and Pesticides

hawaiicrops-406

County governments on individual islands in Hawaii may have stirred the pot when it comes to genetically modified crop and pesticide use, but U.S. District Court Judge Barry M. Kurren has now ordered them out of the kitchen. The federal judge has declared that the County of Kauai’s ordinance on GM crops and pesticide use… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Kennedy on Food Security and Fraud

shaun-kennedy-406

Shaun Kennedy, director of the Food System Institute and professor at the University of Minnesota, recently sat down with Food Safety News to discuss a number of topics related to food security and food fraud. What challenges do we face with keeping the U.S. food system secure from intentional contamination? What foods are most susceptible to… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Dairies, Beef Producers, Juice Makers, Seafood Processors

FDA Warning

A relatively large number of food producers received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since Food Safety News‘ last update. On the list are six dairies and a number of beef producers, juice makers and seafood processors. Most of the dairies were cited for illegal drug residues. Hillcrest Dairy in PA sold a cow… Continue Reading

Canada Now Requiring Labels for Mechanically Tenderized Beef

Canada-MTB_406x250

Canada’s requirement that all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) be labeled as such and include instructions for safe cooking came into effect on Aug. 21. The goal of identifying MTB and including safe cooking instructions on the label is to provide Canadians with the knowledge of what they are buying and how to cook it properly… Continue Reading

Sources: WTO Ruled Against U.S. on Country-of-Origin Labeling

Man looking at meat package label

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against the U.S. in a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over country-of-origin labeling for meat products, according to anonymous sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. The final ruling has been released to the governments involved with the dispute, but has not yet been officially released to… Continue Reading

Putting Science on the Table

Opinion

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-world-plate-image17124021

I’m heartened by the fact that so many people are finally talking about food and nutrition security. There is increasingly widespread recognition that our growing population, increasingly volatile weather conditions, limited natural resources, and many other factors are straining our food and agricultural systems and will undoubtedly further complicate the significant challenge of achieving food and… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat Tuna

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-wall-tuna-image22096802

Can eating the wrong type of fish put you at higher risk for mercury exposure? That’s the question posed in the latest special food safety report published Wednesday from Consumer Reports, the publishing arm of the nonprofit Consumers Union. The noncontroversial answer is yes, certain fish contain higher levels of mercury than others — and different… Continue Reading

Trade Association Wants FDA to Change and Reissue FSMA Transport Rule

Trucking_406x250

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) wants the Food and Drug Administration to make significant changes to its proposed rule for sanitary food transportation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition, the association is asking that FDA reissue language for parts of the rule like it plans to do with the produce… Continue Reading

GRAS Concerns are Back in the Media Spotlight

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-quorn-image28719767

Quorn is getting some press coverage again after a Sunday Washington Post article laid out the Food and Drug Administration’s lack of oversight concerning the safety of food additives. Mycoprotein is a fungus-based meat substitute that is used in Quorn brand foods, and consumer advocates have compiled lists of the dangerous allergic reactions it can… Continue Reading

Petitions Urge Congressional Action on Antibiotics Legislation

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-pen-signature-white-closeup-image40330193

Like many other bills introduced in Congress in recent years, movement on the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) and the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA) has stagnated. Two weeks ago, Dr. Mark Hyman introduced a petition on Credo Mobilize to get Congress to pay attention to the two bills. As of Wednesday,… Continue Reading