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FDA finds Listeria at Royal Seafood Baza Inc.; herring recalled

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Royal Seafood Baza Inc. has stopped production and is recalling an undisclosed volume of 22 different herring products with shelf lives through February 2017 because federal inspectors found Listeria in the company’s plant. The refrigerated, ready-to-eat herring products are packaged for retail sale to consumers and in bulk for wholesalers, according to the Staten Island,… Continue Reading

Restaurant menu labeling took effect Dec. 1, and then it did not

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New restaurant menu labeling requirements took effect Dec. 1 or maybe not. Forty-eight hours ahead of that date, the Food and Drug Administration issued a notice “clarifying ” that Dec. 1 is now the “compliance” date for the regulations, not May 5, 2017, as was set by FDA in May 2016. In no time, FDA… Continue Reading

No foreign foods in school lunches without USDA waiver

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Like an “oldie but goodie” in the “Back to the Future” movies, the “Buy American” provision in the National School Lunch Act is again being squeezed for political benefits. Rep. John Garamendi, D-CA, wants to amend current law to require schools to obtain “waivers” before purchasing imported foods for lunch programs. His waiver bill was… Continue Reading

Armed federal agents seize milk products from major cooperative

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Gun-totting U.S. Marshals Wednesday seized more than 4 million pounds of milk products from a production  unit of a major dairy cooperative. On orders of the U.S. District Court for Western Virginia, and at the request of the U.S. food and Drug Administration, the federal lawmen took custody of the milk products from Valley Milk… Continue Reading

FDA takes 22 days to respond to produce rule questions from the field

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A new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report for a handful of congressional leaders takes up less than five pages, but appear to include a smoking gun for produce regulations that have become too burdensome. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government unit that wrote Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding… Continue Reading

Suspect was charged with felony food poisoning after arrest

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The suspect police arrested  for  a series of incidents involving tampering with self service food bars in South Lake Tahoe remains in custody charged with a felony. In the county lockup  is 43-year old Harry Dally, who was detained after police released store surveillance video showing a man who is believed to have doused act least… Continue Reading

Researchers find cooking shows must do better on food safety

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Home cooking can kill, often because not enough is known about foodborne illnesses that may result from consumer practices. Television cooking shows –long an important resources for home cooks—rarely if ever model recommended food safety steps and consequently may lead to consumers making more dangerous food safety mistakes. With that in mind, researchers at the… Continue Reading

Two tankers going to Kellogg were also part of PCA story

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Everybody knows about Peanut Corporation of America, the company that eight years ago was at the center of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands and ended up killing nine. But how many know about P.P. Sales Inc.? It was the startup peanut brokerage firm that was incorporated and based in Virginia. Vice President of… Continue Reading

Appeal briefs filed for Peanut Corporation of America criminal cases

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With their clients starting  their second year behind bars, criminal defense attorneys in the Peanut Corporation of America case finally filed briefs asking for those convictions and sentences to be over-turned. Appellate attorneys for Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson together filed briefs totaling 236 pages on the day after Thanksgiving —… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Plant problems, drug residues, seafood HACCP

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s most recently posted food-related warning letters went to a produce processing facility and a dairy in Michigan, an acidified food manufacturer in Japan, and a fish exporter in Ukraine. The agency told Pearson Foods Inc. in an Oct. 26 warning letter that a June 14-27 inspection of its ready-to-eat… Continue Reading