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White House Calls for Action Plan to Address Antibiotic Resistance

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The White House announced Thursday its plan to make the issue of antibiotic resistance a national priority. In addition to the release of the much-anticipated President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report on antibiotic resistance requested by President Obama last year, there are three related developments. These include an Executive Order (EO)… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch Sues USDA Over New Poultry Inspection Rule

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Food & Water Watch (FWW) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture on Thursday that would stop the implementation of the agency’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). The new poultry inspection rule, announced July 31, requires additional microbiological testing at all poultry processing facilities and introduces a fifth inspection system available for U.S. plants to voluntarily… Continue Reading

Taylor: Reproposed FSMA Rules Are ‘Close’

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Don’t expect comment period extensions for the reproposed rules regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s what Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told attendees Wednesday at the United Fresh Produce Association Washington Conference. He said he had hoped to be discussing details of the reissued produce… Continue Reading

New Food Police Unit Coming Soon to the UK

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An independent report suggesting that the United Kingdom needs a special food police unit uses the Danes and the Dutch as examples and not the United States, where more than a dozen food industry executives this year have been subjected to investigations resulting in felony criminal charges. Professor Chris Elliott from Queen’s University Belfast is… Continue Reading

Colorado’s ‘Blue Book’: GMO Labeling Will Raise Grocery Prices

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This year’s “Blue Book,” the state-produced voter’s guide written by Colorado’s Legislative Research Council, will tell general election voters that requiring labeling of genetically engineered ingredients will raise food prices and cost consumers. It is a major setback for Proposition 105, which only last month was approved for the ballot after a last-minute paid signature-gathering… Continue Reading

Strong New Pathogen Standards Would Save Lives

Opinion

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Each year, one in six Americans contracts a foodborne illness. Of those who become sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. American families shouldn’t have to worry that the food they eat will make them sick. However, we have a long way to go to reach that goal. In 2012, testing by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Want FDA to Drop Agency’s Push for FSMA User Fees

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Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sam Farr (D-CA) are calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request full funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rather than continuing to consider user fees as a funding source. For the FY… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Kennedy on Food Security and Fraud

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Shaun Kennedy, director of the Food System Institute and professor at the University of Minnesota, recently sat down with Food Safety News to discuss a number of topics related to food security and food fraud. What challenges do we face with keeping the U.S. food system secure from intentional contamination? What foods are most susceptible to… Continue Reading

Critic of Organic Agriculture Lacks Credibility

Opinion

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Recently, Mr. Mischa Popoff wrote an op-ed for Food Safety News critical of the organic movement. Popoff is a former Canadian organic certification inspection contractor, the author of a self-published book critical of organics, and a commentator affiliated with ultra-conservative think tanks in the U.S. that are funded by agrochemical interests. The article below, entitled, “Who is Mischa Popoff?,”… Continue Reading

Sources: WTO Ruled Against U.S. on Country-of-Origin Labeling

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against the U.S. in a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over country-of-origin labeling for meat products, according to anonymous sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. The final ruling has been released to the governments involved with the dispute, but has not yet been officially released to… Continue Reading