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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

Why FDA Needs FSMA Resources Now

Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine responds to funding questions

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(Editor’s note: The following is in response to “Experts Debate Whether Food Safety Funding is Adequate,” published April 24, 2014, on Food Safety News.) Two questions regarding the adequacy of food safety funding for the Food and Drug Administration were asked at last week’s National Food Policy Conference. I would like to answer both of them…. Continue Reading

FSMA Questions Dominate Town Hall Session With Top Food Safety Regulators

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Michael Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told the audience at the Food Safety Summit’s Town Hall on Thursday to expect a document explaining the principles guiding the agency’s internal work for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Taylor was joined at the event in Baltimore… Continue Reading

NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards Presented at Food Safety Summit

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Epidemiologist Bill Keene was posthumously awarded the 2014 NSF Food Safety Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD. Keene was a senior epidemiologist for the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD) whose work involved breakthroughs on investigations into major foodborne illness outbreaks, including the spinach E. coli outbreak of… Continue Reading

CEOs Share Their Perspectives at Food Safety Summit

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During Wednesday’s keynote address at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, the CEOs of Chiquita Brands and Kwik Trip shared their views on why food safety is important to them and their companies. Chiquita’s Ed Lonergan told the hundreds of people in attendance that food safety is a responsibility to consumers and ensures longevity… Continue Reading