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Raw milk producer says state’s testing method is the problem

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The owner of a California organic dairy is working with state officials to find the source of Salmonella that has twice this month caused recalls of his raw milk, even though he believes the state’s test results are not indicative of the safety of his unpasteurized dairy products. The 500-cow operation, Organic Pastures Dairy Co. in… Continue Reading

Senate votes to end USDA catfish inspections, which just got underway

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The U.S. Senate has voted to shut down the nation’s only catfish inspection program, a move that would put more Americans at risk of exposure to carcinogens and antibiotics from Asian white fish, such as Vietnamese pangasius. Senators approved the Joint Resolution by a vote of 55-43 on Wednesday. It now goes to the House… Continue Reading

FDA salutes four industry food safety initiatives in reportable food registry

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Four initiatives by the private sector to improve food safety are called out for recognition in the 5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Report, which has been submitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They include: Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry: A guidance document was published… Continue Reading

Researchers find nanoparticles in 6 of 6 U.S. baby formulas tested

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Recent research has detected potentially harmful nanoparticles in six out of six popular infant formulas tested. Not surprisingly, this has triggered yet more concern about the safety of these engineered particles, which are added to some of the foods we eat. The products tested were Gerber Good Start Gentle, Gerber Good Start Soothe, Enfamil, Similac… Continue Reading

Beacon Hill halfway to allowing raw milk dairies to make home deliveries

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After the battles of Lexington and Concord, the patriot colonials adopted unconventional tactics to frontal attacks on the British Army regulars in and about Boston. Massachusetts raw milk advocates appear to be taking some lessons from those colonial days as they approach the current legislature meeting on Boston’s Beacon Hill. They’ve used a bill to… Continue Reading

Food Defense Rule designed to combat intentional adulteration

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From the books they left behind, we know that ancient people from all cultural and religious backgrounds feared that their enemies might poison their food. Our fear that our enemies might poison our food supply increased after airplanes were used as missiles to attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. That’s why food defense has been… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The New Normal

Opinion

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Not so long ago, errant food industry managers and executives did not have to worry about going to jail. But they do now. The government once did not have any intentions, plans or strategies for obtaining convictions of food industry managers and executives. But they do now. Before 2010, a corporation with contaminated food that… Continue Reading

Legislation to revise school lunch program passes House committee

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Controversial federal legislation to limit funding for subsidized school lunches and change some of the program’s nutritional standards passed a House committee on a 20-14 vote May 18, and the proposal is being hammered by critics who believe it would endanger the health of American school children. The bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), said that his… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania restaurant inspection reveals faked food safety certificate

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A Harrisburg, PA, restaurant recently inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was reportedly operating with a faked food safety certificate. According to a local media outlet, the May 9 inspection of Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet revealed a posted certificate from 2010 but dated Sept. 24, 2015. The certificate showed that the restaurant had someone… Continue Reading

USDA’s new take on the daily grind

Opinion

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The new rule-79 FR 42464 will be in full effect starting on June 21 2016. This new rule will alter the way both inspected (official) and exempt facilities grinding beef control the beef grinding process. Overall, the new requirements will impact an estimated 71,000 companies employing about 100,000 persons. Retail-exempt facilities regularly mix cuts of… Continue Reading