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IAFP Interview: Kennedy on Food Security and Fraud

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Shaun Kennedy, director of the Food System Institute and professor at the University of Minnesota, recently sat down with Food Safety News to discuss a number of topics related to food security and food fraud. What challenges do we face with keeping the U.S. food system secure from intentional contamination? What foods are most susceptible to… Continue Reading

How Health and Food Safety Risk Communicators Can Engage Social Media

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“With the ubiquitous nature of social media in current society, health and food safety risk communicators should be taking advantage of these platforms to provide information and engage the public,” reads a recent article in the journal Perspectives in Public Health. To help health information providers navigate social media, researchers at North Carolina State University reviewed current… Continue Reading

Government Accountability Project Adds New Whistleblower Resources

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The Government Accountability Project runs a campaign aimed at protecting and empowering employees to speak out against waste, fraud, abuse and violations of the law along the food supply chain. Some of the work of the group’s Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) includes fighting state anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” laws, shaming the poultry industry’s heavy use of chemicals,… Continue Reading

FSIS Denies CSPI Petition to Declare Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella an Adulterant

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Thursday was a busy day for the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. In addition to publishing its new poultry inspection rule, the agency also released its response to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s petition, denying the organization’s request to have antibiotic-resistant Salmonella declared an adulterant. CSPI’s petition, originally filed… Continue Reading

AMA Seeks Ban on Antibiotic Use on Farms for Growth Promotion

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The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for federal action to ban antibiotic use in food animals for growth promotion purposes so as to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. “Use drives resistance and overuse drives resistance to happen even faster,” said David Wallinga, a physician on the Keep Antibiotics Working steering committee. There is… Continue Reading

Congresswomen Propose Solution to Issue of Pathogens as Adulterants

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Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are introducing a bill in the House of Representatives that would give the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the authority to declare any foodborne pathogen an adulterant and recall contaminated products. The “Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act” amends the Federal Meat Inspection… Continue Reading

USDA, CDC Expand Collaboration on Assessment of Foodborne Hazards

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed an agreement to define expectations related to interagency assessment of foodborne health hazards potentially associated with meat, poultry and eggs. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expands collaboration between the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and CDC’s Agency for… Continue Reading

CDC: Fast Work and Strong Epidemiological Evidence Led to Source of E. Coli Outbreak

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is praising state health officials and other collaborators for their work in identifying ground beef from the Wolverine Packing Company as the source of a multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. “A lot of the footwork was done in the state health departments,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy… Continue Reading

Advocates Visit Washington, D.C., to Lobby Against Antibiotic Overuse on Farms

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During Wednesday’s third-annual Supermoms Against Superbugs advocacy day in Washington, D.C., the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming brought together dozens of parents, doctors and farmers for a briefing on antibiotic use in food animal production. “Since I saw you last year, I’ve got some good news and some bad news to report,”… Continue Reading

Coca-Cola to Stop Adding Controversial Drink Ingredient

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Coca-Cola is removing brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from its drinks, reports the Associated Press. The company said it will remove the controversial ingredient from all of its drinks that contain it, including Powerade sports drinks and some flavors of Fanta. In 2012, Mississippi teenager Sarah Kavanagh launched a petition on Change.org to have BVO removed… Continue Reading