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Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Preservation of Antibiotics Legislation

U.S. Rep Louise Slaughter (D-NY)

On Tuesday, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. “My legislation would save eight critical classes of antibiotics from being routinely fed to healthy animals and would reserve them only for sick humans and sick animals,” Slaughter… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Bill Requires Food Protection Certificates for School Lunch

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A school food safety bill in Wisconsin would treat lunch rooms like restaurants in that someone on staff would be required to obtain a food protection certificate before the facility could serve students. Assembly Bill (AB) 37 is awaiting action in the Wisconsin Senate after clearing the Assembly on a voice vote March 17. Rep…. Continue Reading

Witnesses Tell House Agriculture Committee GE Foods are Safe, Don’t Need Labels

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All six witnesses at Tuesday’s House Committee on Agriculture hearing argued against mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Most of their testimony praised the efficiency they believe GE crops provide to farmers and enumerated the costs they say labeling would inflict on farmers, manufacturers and consumers. But they also brought up the safety concerns surrounding GE food…. Continue Reading

Defendants Sentenced in UK Horse Meat Scandal

Judge notes suspicion of complicity

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The first prosecutions brought in England following Europe’s 2013 horse meat scandal ended with one defendant getting a fine and another a short and suspended prison sentence, but only for what they’ve admitted doing. A Dutch trial getting underway today could bring a different outcome. Southwark Crown Court Judge Alistair McCreath did provide a lecture along… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Seafood HACCP, Drug Residues, CGMP Violations

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In its latest round of letters sent to food producers with alleged health and safety violations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doled out warnings to four seafood producers, two dairies, a vinaigrette producer, and a manufacturer of baked goods. Two seafood processors in Norway received warnings over problems related to their Hazard Analysis &… Continue Reading

Idaho Cottage Food Bill Stalls Out This Session

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Statewide standards for cottage food producers could be dead in Idaho for this year since that state’s legislature is headed for an early April adjournment. Opposition from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare may have derailed House Bill 187, which had won a “do pass” recommendation from the House Health and Welfare Committee. The… Continue Reading

The Future is Now for the Food Safety Modernization Act

Opinion

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We all knew FSMA was a big deal when Congress passed it a little over four years ago. After a decade of illness outbreaks, import safety problems, and market disruptions that shook consumer confidence and imposed billions of dollars in costs on the food system, Congress mandated a paradigm shift to prevention — to establishing a… Continue Reading

CFIA Suspends Costco Canada’s License to Import Fish Into Canada

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended Costco Canada’s license to import fish into that country. According to a March 13 announcement, the license suspension was effective Feb. 26, 2015, and was issued because the agency “determined that adequate controls for food safety were not being reliably implemented by the company on a consistent basis… Continue Reading

California Consumers are About to Get a Taste of ‘a2 Milk’

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“The milk that might change everything.” That’s the bold claim of a brand that will soon be sold as “a2 Milk” here in the United States. An April launch, complete with a robust amount of advertising and in-store demos, is slated for California retail outlets from Safeway and Krogers to Whole Foods. The a2 Milk… Continue Reading

Hamburg Tells Senate Budget Committee FSMA Funding Needed to Fill ‘Significant’ Gaps

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Many questions directed at outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg during a Senate budget hearing on Thursday concerned funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and details of the law’s rules. The agency’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 asks for a total of $1.5 billion for food safety and nutrition, including a $109.5-million increase… Continue Reading