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Nestlé Plan Aims to Reduce Risk of Worker Abuse by Seafood Suppliers

Balinese fishermen

Nestlé S.A. plans to start cracking down on slavery and other human rights and labor abuses identified during a recent year-long investigation. The Swiss transnational food and beverage company announced the plan on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. These abuses involve poor migrant workers from Asian countries who are reportedly sold or induced into virtual slavery… Continue Reading

Report: Most Turkey Producers Allow Routine Antibiotic Use


Humane farming advocates Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) have released an overview of the antibiotics and other drugs used in turkey production. The organization is part of the Keep Antibiotics Working coalition, which recommends that food animal producers limit the use of medically important antibiotics to disease treatment in order to prevent overuse and subsequent… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Who Cares About Dangerous Supplements?


Woman shopping for supplements

In our continual effort to stay focused, Food Safety News has only given limited attention to the $40-billion-a-year supplements industry. We do care about the damage caused by the low-lifes in the supplement business. We certainly increased our attention this past week when federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), announced multiple… Continue Reading

FDA Approves GE Salmon, Voluntary Labeling of GE Ingredients


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, that it has approved for the first time a genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for food. That animal is the AquAdvantage Salmon, which was developed about 25 years ago by AquaBounty Technologies Inc. of Maynard, MA, to grow larger and faster, year-round, and on less… Continue Reading

USDA: Alternatives to Antibiotics to Keep Food Animals Healthy


(This article was posted Nov. 18, 2015, on the USDA blog site.) Antibiotics are lifesavers. We depend on them to treat bacterial infections and diseases, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and strep throat, as well as ear infections and infected wounds. In response to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance, veterinarians and producers are moving toward… Continue Reading

DOJ: Consumers Must Remain on Guard About Supplement Risks

Dietary supplements on a plate

Putting out too much information is rarely a problem for the government, but most reports about Tuesday’s announcement by federal agencies of their new and ongoing “sweep” against unlawful dietary supplements overlooked some important consumer information. In addition to the criminal and civil actions made public Nov. 17, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the… Continue Reading

Feds Announce ‘Nationwide Sweep’ of Supplement Makers


Seven federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), have announced joint civil and criminal actions against more than 100 makers and marketers of potentially dangerous dietary supplements, which one official compared to modern-day versions of “snake oil salesman and medical quacks.” The agencies went public Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, with some unsealed federal court indictments, with… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Cases Should Result in More Disclosure


Roosevelt High School in Des Moines Iowa

(This editorial was first published Nov. 14, 2015, in the Des Moines Register and is posted here with permission.) More than 50 people were sickened by cooked taco meat that was served to the staff at Des Moines’ Roosevelt High School last month. The cooked meat was purchased from a grocery store shortly before it… Continue Reading

Retired USDA Inspectors Share Concerns About HIMP Project

USDA investigating video taken at Hormel supplier

Pork plant photo

Joe Ferguson says he just couldn’t take it any longer. The former inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) spent more than 23 years monitoring operations inside pork processing plants inspecting hog carcasses for signs of anything that could translate to a food safety problem, in particular hints… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’


Mike Taylor

Only two more Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules remain to be finalized. Final rules for Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration are due out next spring. But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release last week of final FSMA rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accredited Third Party Verification, long-sought reform… Continue Reading