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Beef Checkoff goes on the griddle Tuesday in Montana


The Beef Checkoff is up Tuesday for a federal court hearing where anything could happen from dismissal of the challenging lawsuit to a temporary restraining order for the plaintiff’s. The Beef Checkoff refers to money for marketing and research, including food safety research, to promote the cattle industry. The Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 gives… Continue Reading

Marijuana is smokin’ hot on ballots; food safety not so much


Marijuana is a hot topic among state ballot measures for 2016 and its highly likely after the votes are counted a fourth of the U.S. population will reside in states permitting recreational use of cannabis. Among the 163 total measures that qualified for spots on ballots across 35 states this year, few are stand-outs and none directly involve food safety. States… Continue Reading

Supreme Court might want to hear DeCoster egg sentence case


A timely petition for certiorari is going to keep Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 82, and his son, Peter DeCoster, 52, out of jail, at least for several more months while the U.S. Supreme Court decides if it is interested in their case. The high court is being asked to decide if a corporate official without specific… Continue Reading

Who ya gonna call? Iowa outbreak busters launch hotline

Iowa foodborne illness hotline

If you’ve got food poisoning, Iowa’s got your number — and its toll free — 844-IowaSic. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said the announcement of the number for the state’s new food poisoning detection and response initiative Monday should reduce the number of foodborne illnesses, citing the importance of… Continue Reading

Before you cast a ballot, find out how they voted on food safety


To view an interactive map that includes how all 535 members of the U.S. Congress have voted on key food issues, please click the above image.

Editor’s note: Food Policy Action (FPA) issued its National Food Policy Scorecard for the 114th Congress on Oct. 17, revealing how members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted on key food issues. The organization released this statement with the scorecard, which is presented in the form of an interactive map on its… Continue Reading

UK food safety pilot program lets some stores, pubs police themselves


In announcing plans to shift food safety regulation away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency also announced it has designed a three-month pilot program that will allow certain big retailers and restaurants to oversee their own food safety operations. “For many years we’ve had an inspection model that includes sending local authority inspectors to… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP issues, Salmonella in pistachios


On Sept. 30, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Shin Ho Sing Ocean Enterprises Co. Ltd. in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, to inform the company that its HACCP plan for frozen, cooked saury did not meet federal requirements. The warning letter explained that FDA had acquired a copy of the firm’s HACCP… Continue Reading

Humane Society says egg carton artwork is false advertising

Davidsons brand pasteurized shell eggs

Cartoon chickens roaming green fields near a ruby red barn constitute false advertising as far as the Humane Society of the U.S. is concerned when it comes to Davidson’s brand eggs. The animal welfare group filed a complaint Friday with the Federal Trade Commission citing the artwork on Davidson’s branded eggs from National Pasteurized Eggs… Continue Reading

ConAgra criminal hearing delayed for another two months


More than 150 people known to be seeking restitution in the case of the USA v. ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LCC are going to have to wait an extra 48 days to find out if they get anything. The likely final hearing in the criminal case stemming from Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters… Continue Reading

FDA warns California firm about pistachios linked to Salmonella outbreak

recalled Wonderful pistachios

A California company has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fully document any manufacturing changes it makes so that two Salmonella strains found in its pistachios and linked to a multistate outbreak this past spring will not recur. The FDA warning letter, dated Oct. 7, was addressed to Stewart Resnick, owner of The Wonderful Company based… Continue Reading