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Hawaii Health Officials Close Oahu Bakery for Food Safety Violations

Hawaii bakery red placard

A popular bakery on Oahu’s North Shore is the first food establishment to be shut down since Hawaii’s food safety inspection placard program started last year. The Paalaa Kai Bakery in Waialua specializes in Portuguese and other sweet treats. In issuing the red placard on Oct. 6 closing the bakery, the Hawaii State Department of Health was following… Continue Reading

Midamar, Islamic Services Hit With $600,000 Forfeiture in Halal Case


A preliminary order of forfeiture has been entered in the U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa requiring defendants Midamar Corporation and Islamic Services of America to pay a judgment of $600,000 to the federal government. Signed by Chief Judge Linda R. Reade, the order was entered after the business entities each pleaded guilty to one… Continue Reading

Sentencings for Selling Cows With ‘Cancer Eye’ Pushed Into 2016


The sentencings of defendants in a scheme to fool the U.S. Department of Agriculture and sell cattle with diseased eyeballs has again been delayed, some into next year. After spending 14 minutes hearing a defense motion on Sept. 3, federal Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley continued the hearing to allow the attorneys to work out how… Continue Reading

FDA Shares Its FSMA Training Strategy


In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successfully implemented, training is key. Employees in the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with FSMA rules, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a plan for facilitating this training, along with the help of… Continue Reading

Montana’s Revised Cottage Food Law Kicked in Oct. 1

Homemade cottage foods for sale

After much study and discussion, Montana’s revised cottage food law finally went into effect Oct. 1, 2015. The revision is courtesy of House Bill 478, which passed the 2015 legislative session earlier this year. Among other provisions, it expanded the types of foods legally allowed to be made at home and sold in person at a public or… Continue Reading

Colorado Marijuana Users Legally Challenge Grower Over Pesticide


A Denver marijuana grower is the target of the first product liability lawsuit brought by consumers since Colorado became the first state to allow recreational pot use. The lawsuit against LivWell Co., which sells the marijuana it grows for both medical and recreational use through nine retail stores, was brought by two customers who claim the company… Continue Reading

Will FSMA Make a Difference?



To answer the question of whether the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will make a difference, I want to take a look historically at why FSMA ever got passed by Congress. To do this, I have to wind the clock back almost 10 years. The only thing that got FSMA through Congress — and those… Continue Reading

Report: Mandate Food Process Labels Only if Product is Harmful

Man looking at meat package label

A report by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) published Monday states that “process labels” for food should only be mandated when the product has been scientifically demonstrated to harm human health. Whether voluntary or mandatory, labels such as “Certified Organic,” “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “rbST free,” “Fair Trade,” and “Free of Genetically Modified… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Pesticide, Drug Residues, Seafood HACCP, DMBA

FDA Warning

In its most recent round of posted warning letters, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused some regulatory attention on pesticide residues in imported produce. Two warning letters went to produce exporters in Puerto Rico: Supermercados Encono Inc. of Carolina, PR, and Richies Produce Inc. of San Juan, PR. FDA’s Sept 8, 2015, warning letter… Continue Reading

ICYMI: Last PCA Sentences, Animal Antibiotics, Contaminated Cukes


In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: The final two defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case, Daniel Kilgore and Samuel Lightsey, were sentenced Thursday, Oct. 1, in Albany, GA, to six and three years in prison, respectively. The two men made… Continue Reading