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Letter From the Editor: How to Live Long and Prosper

Opinion

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We don’t do enough on the role of technology in food and in advancing food safety. Just like the overall economy, new technologies in food and food safety are driving down costs and delivering greater efficiencies. I was planning on writing about this even before we lost actor-director Leonard Nimoy last week at the age… Continue Reading

USDA May Move Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling to 2016

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While appearing before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA will work to introduce labels for mechanically tenderized beef within the next two years. New labeling laws are implemented in two-year increments so that new label rules made in 2013 or 2014 will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2016. When the… Continue Reading

Savings From a Single Food Safety Agency Appeal to Some House Republicans

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Some House Republicans appear to be considering proposals for a single food safety agency. In January, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced bills to establish such an agency independent of any federal department. In his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, President Obama proposed the consolidation of the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety… Continue Reading

Canadian BSE Case Demonstrates Need for COOL, Lobby Group Says

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R-CALF USA, which represents the U.S. cattle industry in trade, marketing and private property rights issues, is pointing to a recent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — or, as it is commonly called, “mad cow disease” — in a Canadian cow as a reason to maintain country-of-origin labeling (COOL). The World Trade Organization (WTO)… Continue Reading

Food Safety to Play Important Part in 2015 Dietary Guidelines

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What should we eat to be healthy? That’s an important question, because, according to the recently released Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, what we eat has a lot to do with how healthy we are. It’s as simple as that. But on a national level, it becomes more challenging, especially when… Continue Reading

Missouri Bill Seeks End to State and Local Regulation of Direct Farm Sales

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A Missouri state legislator wants to give people the right to sell farm-produced products directly to the consumer without any interference from state or local regulatory agencies. House Bill 866 is similar to the fast-moving Wyoming “Food Freedom Act,” which unanimously passed the House in Cheyenne late last month and is now in line for… Continue Reading

Denmark’s National Food Institute Says Europe’s BPA Safe Levels Need Work

BPA Ban Introduced in North Carolina

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Those epoxy resins used to line metal food cans and some plastic containers are safe at current permitted levels, with some European bickering still going on about where lower limits should be placed. They may not have gotten that memo yet in North Carolina, where a “Toxic Free Kids Act” has been introduced on the… Continue Reading

WI Dairy’s Permit Suspended After Campylobacter Outbreak

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A Pepin County dairy farm’s Grade A permit is being suspended for 30 days, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The farm, owned by Roland and Diana Reed of Arkansaw, WI, supplied the raw milk that caused 38 Campylobacter jejuni infections in those attending a Durand High School event last September…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: We’re Back!

Opinion

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Shortly before Food Safety News was temporarily unable to post — a maintenance period imposed by our techie handlers from late Thursday to mid-day Saturday — the long-awaited proposed “2015 Dietary Guidelines” were dropped by the group that exists to advise USDA and HHS. The group took more than 500 pages to complete its assignment…. Continue Reading

Tour of State Legislatures Finds Spotty Interest in Food Safety Issues

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Since 2010, there have been waves of bills involving food and food safety washing through state capitals on subjects such as cottage foods, agricultural security, raw milk, and labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. The 2015 legislative sessions underway in 47 of the 50 states are different. In this second part of our look… Continue Reading