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Year-long hunt finds almost 200 Peter Pan, Great Value victims

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Close to 200 victims of the Salmonella serotype Tennessee outbreak that ended in early 2007 are in line for restitution when ConAgra Grocery Products Co. appears in federal court for sentencing. Credit for finding so many documented victims of a nearly decade-old outbreak goes to federal Judge W. Louis Sands, who has delayed proceedings in… Continue Reading

PCA team will divide up words before choosing them carefully

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Criminal appeals in the United States are all about words. Appellants cannot change the trial court record. They can make arguments about legal issues raised by the trial court. But rarely is a defendant sprung from prison to hear a new witness or present new evidence. Words, how many and how they are divided up,… Continue Reading

Criminal charges pending against Ontario raw milk advocates

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When provincial agricultural officials in Ontario raided raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt’s farm this past October, they were accompanied by local police. The raid turned into a standoff that ended only when a deal was reached that allowed some samples and computers to be removed, but dropped equipment seizures. After going through raids and trials… Continue Reading

Justice helps FDA shut down noodle and sprout distribution

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors began recording the failure to properly maintain the Kwong Tung Foods facility at 1840 East 38th Street in Minneapolis in 2010. Pipes were observed draining directly onto the floor. During 2011, 2012, and 2014 inspections, FDA observed dripping into food preparation areas and/or a food production room. Those… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Drug residues in dairy cows

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Two dairy operations were recently sent warning letters by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and both referred to unacceptably high drug residues in the tissues of slaughtered cows. In a June 30 warning letter, FDA’s Denver District Office told Morwai Dairy LLC of Fort Lupton, CO, that violations of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Vilsack in the Veepstakes

Opinion

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Taylor’s Maid Rite restaurant in Marshalltown, IA, had a real friend in Thomas James “Tom” Vilsack, 40th Governor of Iowa. He gave them a waiver from state food safety laws to allow a 1920s-style cooking vessel, risking cross contamination in the production of loose meat sandwiches. There’s no record of anyone being sickened or killed… Continue Reading

Animal rights mean no second chance for downer calves

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For the veal calf headed to market, it’s a distinction without a difference. If all goes according to plan, the animal will go to slaughter without incident, which means the producer will be happy. If the veal calf, however, falls down and cannot get up, the animal will be “promptly euthanized,” which means the Humane… Continue Reading

K-State researcher gets $2M grant to develop E. coli vaccines

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Weiping Zhang, professor of microbiology and a researcher with Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has received a five-year, $2.1-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his work on developing vaccines for E. coli-associated diarrhea in both humans and animals. The grant is Zhang’s third he’s received in three years in… Continue Reading

Compromise bill on GMO labeling lands on president’s desk

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The Senate compromise bill for labeling food with genetically modified ingredients is on its way to President Obama’s desk after gaining a solid 306-117 bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives early this afternoon. Passage of S. 764 came with 101 Democrats joining 205 Republicans in a vote that pre-empts any state labeling of food produced… Continue Reading

FDA’s Strategic Plan: Food safety, nutrition, animal health

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The Food and Drug Administration posted this “FDA Voice” column July 14 under the title “Charting a Path Forward on Food Safety, Nutrition and Animal Health.” It was co-authored by Stephen Ostroff, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine; Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and Tracey Forfa, acting director… Continue Reading