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Federal court shuts down fish processor after years of problems

Thirteen years after Michel G. Blanchet promised to follow food safety laws, The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has enjoined the Los Angeles man from preparing, processing, and distributing adulterated fish or fishery products without first taking required remedial action. The Department of Justice(DOJ) said the injunction order requires Blanchet to implement… Continue Reading

No quick or easy answers for using raw manure on food crops

Watch children’s first reactions at a dairy farm and you’ll see their hands quickly going up to their faces and their fingers pinching their nostrils shut. “What’s that awful smell,” they’ll ask the farmer. For a farmer who hasn’t hosted groups of students before, the first expression crossing his or her face might be one… Continue Reading

‘BE’ label launch may cost more than feds yearly spend on food safety

Remember all that noise not long ago that went on for years about labeling genetically engineered foods, aka GMOs? Four big states put the idea to voters, who all rejected it. Then little Vermont passed a single state law that might have become the national standard by default. But finally, Congress stepped in and turned… Continue Reading

The meat of the matter

Opinion

So far not even one ounce of clean meat — real meat grown from animal cells rather than animal slaughter — has been sold in the United States, yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture is already getting an earful about the future food. It’s perhaps not surprising that some in the conventional animal agriculture industry feel threatened… Continue Reading

FDA cites candy maker NECCO for filth, rodent infestation

An iconic American candy maker is on notice from the FDA because of repeated violations of federal food safety laws at a production plant where Sweethearts and Mary Jane Peanut Butter candies are made. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Revere, MA, location of New England Confectionery Company Inc. — NECCO — from Nov. 13… Continue Reading

FDA wants judge to shut down unsanitary Staten Island facility

Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza Inc. violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by processing and distributing ready-to-eat fish, fishery products, vegetable salads and cheese products in a Staten Island facility where there were chronic unsanitary conditions. So says a civil complaint filed Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf… Continue Reading

DeLauro pushes FDA for answers on egg outbreak investigation

Connecticut democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro Monday sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb asking for additional information regarding the ongoing investigation of a Salmonella outbreak traced to shelled eggs. The outbreak is currently responsible for 35 infections — including 11 hospitalizations — across 9 states. After its initial report April 16, the Centers for… Continue Reading

House members ignore party lines, defeat raw milk measure

A representative from Kentucky said it was about consumers’ food choices. A coalition of food safety groups said it was a threat to public health — particularly children. The U.S. House just said no. With a vote of 331-79, legislators from both sides of the aisle joined to crush an amendment to the farm bill… Continue Reading