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Lytton Interview: The Role of Litigation in Food Safety

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Albany Law School professor and author Tim Lytton sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit last month in Baltimore, MD, to discuss the influence of litigation on food safety. Lytton describes litigation as one of the three key pillars of the U.S. food safety system, along with government regulation and… Continue Reading

New Bill Would Limit Permissible Level of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday which would limit the amount of inorganic arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based foods. The R.I.C.E (Reducing food-based Inorganic Compounds Exposure) Act would require the Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice and food containing rice. “Inorganic arsenic… Continue Reading

Blue Bell and the Very Real Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Opinion

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(This article by Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was originally posted here on May 20, 2015.) Could the deadly outbreak of illnesses tied to contaminated ice cream have been prevented? It’s an important question, one that is on the minds of many in… Continue Reading

WTO Rejects U.S. Appeal of COOL Ruling

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The World Trade Organization has rejected a U.S. appeal of its decision that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat unfairly discriminates against meat imports and give the advantage to domestic meat products. The final ruling launches a WTO process to determine the level of retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico can impose on the U.S., and the… Continue Reading

FSMA Readiness: The Challenge of Implementation

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Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a “Kickoff Meeting” in Washington, D.C., for a new law promised to revolutionize the nation’s food system into one focused on preventing foodborne illness. That law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was enacted more than four years ago, but FDA is finally ready to… Continue Reading

Gillibrand Proposes Mandatory Recall Authority for USDA

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After FRONTLINE’s documentary on Salmonella in poultry aired Tuesday night on PBS, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) officially introduced legislation to give the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry. Gillibrand discussed her Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act with reporters in February, saying that, if passed, the bill would make “the… Continue Reading

Online Hawkers Try to Sell Blue Bell Ice Cream Despite Recall

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Despite the recent recall of all Blue Bell ice cream and related products due to the potential risk of Listeria contamination, the company apparently has such a devoted following that some would-be entrepreneurs are attempting to make a quick buck by selling their previously purchased ice cream via online ads. According to an Austin, Texas, TV station, a… Continue Reading

Third Try Finally Delivers Raw Milk Bill From Texas House to Senate

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Farmer’s markets and consumers’ doorsteps will be the next venues for selling raw milk in Texas if a bill that has now passed the House can make it through the Senate in Austin before the scheduled legislative adjournment on June 1. House Bill 91 gained final approval from the Texas House of Representatives last Friday on… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Ban Deoxyribonucleic Acid and Dihydrogen Monoxide?

Opinion

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The former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety, Dr. Richard Raymond, lives just down the road a piece. He’s always good for pointing out something we’ve missed, or setting us straight, or both. He recently called out the latest Food Demand Survey conducted by Food and Agriculture Economist Jayson Lusk at Oklahoma State University. As a… Continue Reading

Global Food Safety Forum to Focus on Technology, Compliance

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The third Global Food Safety Forum, being held June 13-14, 2015, in Beijing will explore ideas laid out in a newly released white paper entitled, “Food Safety Technologies: Key Tools for Compliance.” Chapters by authors in both the private and public sectors discuss recent technology development in food safety regulation and how technology intersects with enforcement and… Continue Reading