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Senator Wants More Information on Apple-Linked Listeria Outbreak

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is pressing the Food and Drug Administration for more information regarding the Listeria outbreak connected to prepackaged caramel apples that sickened 32 people in 11 states and contributed to the deaths of at least three. Klobuchar wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to ask that the agency “expediently work to analyze… Continue Reading

Bills to Label Produce for GMOs and Dairy for rBGH Back in Florida

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Two Florida Democrats are again trying to pass bills to label some foods containing genetically modified organisms. Similar efforts died last year in the House and Senate agriculture committees House Bill 351 and its companion, Senate Bill 416, would require 25 raw fruits and vegetables to carry labels if they contain GMOs. Wheat, corn, cotton, papaya, rice, zucchini… Continue Reading

First Floor Vote Against Powdered Alcohol Comes Up Today in Colorado

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The Colorado House of Representatives will vote today on a bill banning the manufacturing and sale of powdered alcohol in the state. The legislation also provides an exit ramp for getting out of the very prohibition it would enact. Before House Bill 1031 passed out of the House State Affairs Committee on Monday by a… Continue Reading

New Book Explores Food Safety and the True Cost of Cheap Meat

'The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food,' by Ted Genoways

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Reading “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book from journalist Ted Genoways, one begins to wonder who is treated better: the millions of hogs consumed in America each year, or the people who work on the farms and in the factories that breed and slaughter them. The easiest conclusion… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Create Single Food Safety Agency

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced bills in Congress that would establish a single, independent federal food safety agency. Food safety oversight is currently split up among 15 agencies in the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Commerce. The Safe Food Act of 2015 introduced Wednesday in both… Continue Reading

White House Wants to Nearly Double Funding for Antibiotic Resistance Fight

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President Obama wants to nearly double — to more than $1.2 billion — federal funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance. The administration is expected to release its full 2016 budget proposal next week, but a fact sheet released Tuesday provided a blueprint for investments in fighting antibiotic resistance — an issue it referred to… Continue Reading

Louisiana Senator’s Bill Seeks to Enhance the Safety of Imported Seafood

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U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill this past week that would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of imported seafood. According to the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA), which supports the bill, S. 190 increases inspection standards on foreign imported seafood, requires foreign exporters to meet U.S…. Continue Reading

Chicken Industry Acts More Like Ostriches

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Last month, something unprecedented happened that rocked the chicken industry’s world. Perdue contract farmer Craig Watts decided he’d had enough. Together with my organization, Compassion in World Farming, he released a video that gave the public a unique view into the secretive world of the chicken industry. He revealed what the National Chicken Council (NCC), USDA, and… Continue Reading

Wyoming House Ready for Final Vote on ‘Food Freedom’ Bill

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A Wyoming “Food Freedom” bill is about to come to a final vote in the House of Representatives in Cheyenne. It has already survived a first floor vote, having gained approval Friday from the House Committee of the Whole. Wyoming House Bill 56, which also cleared the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Two Dairies and a Seafood Processor

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Two dairies and a seafood processor were notified about alleged food-safety violations in the latest round of warning letters posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In November 2014, FDA inspected Sunny Boys Dairy in Delta, UT, where they found a new penicillin drug being used in a way not directed by its labeling, the… Continue Reading