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Regulators’ hands were tied on pet food issues observed in 2016

Federal and state inspectors observed numerous problems with manufacturing processes during a 2016 visit to the Tukwila, WA, manufacturing facility of Arrow Reliance Inc., doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. The regulators’ ability to take action was limited because the company was not yet required to comply with current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) under… Continue Reading

GAO says FDA needs to work on ‘prioritizing and sequencing’

The Food and Drug Administration has been getting at least $1 billion annually in recent years, including salaries for at least 4,300 full-time professionals, for food safety and nutrition. Since the enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in January 2011, FDA has published 33 proposed or final key recommendations, and 111 draft or… Continue Reading

25 years marked by change


Editor’s note: This opinion column by Richard Raymond was originally published by feedstuffs.com and is reprinted here with permission. Lives were lost but because of the losses many more lives have subsequently been lived happily and disease free, at least free of diseases spread by contaminated food. Twenty-five years ago, Riley Detwiler of Bellingham, WA,… Continue Reading

HACCP Principles: No. 2 identify critical control points 

This is the second of a seven-part series on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points sponsored by PAR Technologies. There are seven HACCP principles outlined by the Food and Drug Administration to serve as a guideline for creating a systematic approach in the identification, evaluation and control of food safety hazards.  Once a hazard analysis is… Continue Reading

Smucker confirms euthanasia drug in popular dog food brands

Recall includes Gravy Train, Kibbles ’N Bits, Skippy, Ol’ Roy; FDA's investigation, testing ongoing

The FDA has posted notice of a voluntary recall by The J.M. Smucker Company Inc. of canned dog food after the company confirmed pentobarbital in tallow used to manufactured the affected products. In all, the recall covers more than 107 million cans of dog food in several flavors sold under the Gravy Train, Kibbles ’N Bits, Skippy… Continue Reading

Activists’ case on constitutionality of ‘ag-gag’ law advances

A federal judge has decided not to toss out a lawsuit about the constitutionality of Iowa’s 6-year-old “agricultural production facility fraud” statute, meaning the issue will very likely go to trial next year. Federal District Court Judge James E. Gritzner, in a 38-page opinion, on Feb. 27 denied the crux of a motion to dismiss… Continue Reading

Who’s to blame for the chicken salad Salmonella outbreak?

Blame keeps shifting over the Salmonella-tainted chicken salad outbreak, which is centered mostly over the upper midwest. The confirmed case count associated with the chicken salad remains at 65, with 55 of the cases in Iowa. Although the case count hasn’t increased since the most recent report from the CDC on Feb. 22, that doesn’t… Continue Reading

Heavy metals found in 40 percent of protein powders tested

Certified organic powders twice as likely to contain heavy metals as non-organic products

Healthy eating enthusiasts may want to reconsider their protein powder choices in light of a new study that shows 40 percent of 134 brands tested have elevated levels of heavy metals, with certified organic products twice as likely to contain heavy metals as non-organic powders. The 2018 study by the Denver-based Clean Label Project used… Continue Reading