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FDA Warning Letters: Two Dairies and a Seafood Processor

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Two dairies and a seafood processor were notified about alleged food-safety violations in the latest round of warning letters posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In November 2014, FDA inspected Sunny Boys Dairy in Delta, UT, where they found a new penicillin drug being used in a way not directed by its labeling, the… Continue Reading

Senator Calls on FDA to Crack Down on ‘Disgusting’ Food Facilities

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the number of food facility inspections it performs and deal out greater fines to facilities found to have unsanitary conditions. He also called for an “easily accessible, real-time” source of information for restaurants and consumers who want to know… Continue Reading

What it Takes to be a ‘Meaningful Messenger’ for Food Safety

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Food-safety messengers need to “hit home, hit the heart and hit hard,” Dana Pitts told attendees of the Consumer Food Safety Education Conference in early December. Until very recently, Pitts was associate director of communications for the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division… Continue Reading

UK Sales of Chicken Decline, Possibly Due to Campylobacter News

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Grocery purchases of chicken in the United Kingdom have declined nearly 7 percent by volume and 4 percent by sales since this time last year. Experts are speculating that the public has been influenced by media coverage of the high levels of Campylobacter contamination found on raw chicken, according to meatinfo.co.uk. Media coverage related to… Continue Reading

Food Safety News Hands Santa Nice List Nominees for 2014

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Merry Christmas! Whether today finds you celebrating the birth of Christ, the Winter Solstice, or about to observe Kwanzaa, the one thing everyone can agree on is that we need more nice people in this world. Food Safety News is pleased to present our sixth-annual nominations for Santa’s nice list. As we did during the… Continue Reading

The Food Safety News Nominees for Santa’s 2014 Naughty List

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How did the media, our professional associates in corporate and government information, Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel, Sheldon Lavin, POTUS (the president of the United States), and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg end up on the Food Safety News 2014 naughty list? It’s complicated. Make yourself an eggnog and sit… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Seafood Processors, Cattle Producers, Acidified Foods and More

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A relatively large number of food processors received notices from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the agency’s latest round of warning letters. Four seafood processors were notified about inadequacies in their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans. A StarKist facility in Ecuador had “significant deviations” from their HACCP plans for canned… Continue Reading

Twitter Chat Brings Together Holiday Food Safety Tips

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On Thursday, Dec. 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted its second annual Twitter chat using the tag #CDCfoodchat to give consumers tips on keeping holiday meals safe and healthy. Here are some of the top food safety tips for grocery shopping, preparing your kitchen, thawing meat, safe cooking temperatures, notes on raw… Continue Reading

Congressional Hearing Looks at FDA’s Role in GE Food Regulation

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The question of how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should approach the regulation of genetically engineered (GE) food — and particularly its labeling, or lack thereof — was the topic of a hearing by the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The biggest question of the day: Should a federal law be passed… Continue Reading

Online Food Safety Program Launched for Industry Professionals

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On Monday, the University of Guelph’s Department of Food Science launched an online food safety training program for food industry professionals. The university said the program is designed specifically for professionals and staff working in food safety, quality assurance, production and management. The first seven modules of the program will begin in February 2015 and… Continue Reading