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Budget Subcommittee Zeroes in on FDA’s Request for More FSMA Funding

Dr. Margaret Hamburg

The increased funding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in fiscal year 2016 was one of the key topics of discussion Wednesday during a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. Outgoing FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg made her last appearance before the committee since she is… Continue Reading

Amendments to Nebraska Bill Might be Expansion Card for Smithfield Foods

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Recently filed amendment language now pending in the Nebraska Legislature could clear the way for Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc. to own, control, and feed hogs in contract swine operations in the state. The foreign-owned agribusiness is already a major employer in Nebraska. At a public hearing last month, Legislative Bills (LB) 175 and 176 pitted the independent… Continue Reading

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Combat Antibiotic Overuse

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On Monday, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA). The bill, previously introduced in June 2013, would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw its approval of medically important antibiotics used for disease prevention or control that are at a high risk of abuse…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: How to Live Long and Prosper

Opinion

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We don’t do enough on the role of technology in food and in advancing food safety. Just like the overall economy, new technologies in food and food safety are driving down costs and delivering greater efficiencies. I was planning on writing about this even before we lost actor-director Leonard Nimoy last week at the age… Continue Reading

Missouri Bill Seeks End to State and Local Regulation of Direct Farm Sales

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A Missouri state legislator wants to give people the right to sell farm-produced products directly to the consumer without any interference from state or local regulatory agencies. House Bill 866 is similar to the fast-moving Wyoming “Food Freedom Act,” which unanimously passed the House in Cheyenne late last month and is now in line for… Continue Reading

Denmark’s National Food Institute Says Europe’s BPA Safe Levels Need Work

BPA Ban Introduced in North Carolina

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Those epoxy resins used to line metal food cans and some plastic containers are safe at current permitted levels, with some European bickering still going on about where lower limits should be placed. They may not have gotten that memo yet in North Carolina, where a “Toxic Free Kids Act” has been introduced on the… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: We’re Back!

Opinion

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Shortly before Food Safety News was temporarily unable to post — a maintenance period imposed by our techie handlers from late Thursday to mid-day Saturday — the long-awaited proposed “2015 Dietary Guidelines” were dropped by the group that exists to advise USDA and HHS. The group took more than 500 pages to complete its assignment…. Continue Reading

Tour of State Legislatures Finds Spotty Interest in Food Safety Issues

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Since 2010, there have been waves of bills involving food and food safety washing through state capitals on subjects such as cottage foods, agricultural security, raw milk, and labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. The 2015 legislative sessions underway in 47 of the 50 states are different. In this second part of our look… Continue Reading

Nestlé to Remove Artificial Flavors, Colors From Its Chocolate Candy

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By the end of 2015, Butterfinger, Crunch and Baby Ruth candy bars will be free of artificial flavors and colors. Nestlé USA announced this week that it plans to remove ingredients such as Red 40, Yellow 5 and artificial vanillin from all of its chocolate candy brands in the U.S. — more than 250 products. The… Continue Reading

Legislatures Weigh Bills on Soda Labels, Microbeads, Marijuana, Powdered Alcohol, Among Others

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State legislatures remain in session from Alabama to Wyoming, with food safety mostly getting only a light touch from lawmakers who seem largely focused on budgets and education in this non-election year. In Alabama, where a new cottage food bill took effect last June 1, Extension services are getting more money for training people to… Continue Reading