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Food Safety Issues Making Their Way to 2015 Legislative Agendas

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Legislators and the rest of the policy crowd that hang out in the state capitols are again coming in for the unsolicited advice from the national editorial writers who want to influence processes on a variety of topics, including food safety. The Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel is warning policy makers against turning the clock back “to the… Continue Reading

Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018?

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Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until 2018 — if they are not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the end of this year. For more than a decade, consumer groups and the… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: KC’s Food Safety Mess in Pro Sports

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It wasn’t just the bats of the Kansas City Royals that expired by Game 7 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in KC. So too had much of the food, some of which was served at unsafe temperatures and in the presence of cockroaches and mouse feces. Who says so? Jon Costa, the food… Continue Reading

FDA’s Taylor Visits China to Strengthen Food Safety Ties

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Today, 15 percent of America’s food supply is imported from other countries, including 80 percent of seafood and 50 percent of fresh fruit. An increasing amount of that food is coming from China, a country with a food safety track record that leaves many American consumers uneasy. Part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act… Continue Reading

Slaughter Wins House Race Against Assini

After widening her lead in the final round of ballot counting Wednesday, Rep. Louise Slaughter now has the votes she needs to retain her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for New York’s 25th congressional district for a 15th term. After an additional 2,800 ballots were tallied Wednesday, Slaughter’s lead over Republican challenger Mark Assini grew to… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Victims Request Additional FSMA Funding

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Victims of foodborne illness and their families are urging Congress to appropriate additional funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Several Congress members and plenty of food safety advocates have written to the leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees this year asking that they increase FSMA funding in the next… Continue Reading

Egg-Producing States to Appeal California’s Battery Cage Rule

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Notice has been filed of a planned appeal by several egg-producing states outside California objecting to the requirement that only eggs from hens kept in so-called Proposition 2 cages can be sold in California. A trial judge earlier rejected the claims on grounds the states representing their egg producers lacked standing to bring the case…. Continue Reading

The Boy Who Milked Cows: New Governor Inherits Proposed Raw Milk Regulations

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Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner claims he was milking cows by age eight, which makes it likely he also drank some raw milk while growing up. But, during the campaign that saw him unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday night, the incoming Republican governor did not say whether he would allow raw milk regulations pending in the… Continue Reading

Assini-Slaughter Race Still Too Close to Call

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The official winner of New York’s 25th congressional district is still unknown but incumbent Democrat Louise Slaughter leads Republican challenger Mark Assini by 651 votes and has declared victory. Slaughter, a microbiologist who gives great weight to food safety issues and is an avid defender of medically important antibiotics, has served in the House of Representatives since 1987. Assini,… Continue Reading

Mixed Results For Food Issues in Midterm Elections

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The national headline of Tuesday’s elections is that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate. This shift means that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will take over as Majority Leader for the 114th Congress and that Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who won a hotly contested race, will become Senate Agriculture Committee chairman. One of the greatest surprises of… Continue Reading