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FDA continues to trust industry under GRAS substance rule

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Tomorrow’s planned publication of a new federal rule on substances in food that are “generally recognized as safe” — GRAS — has already drawn fire that includes possible congressional action. The Food and Drug Administration’s final rule on GRAS substances in human and animal food is scheduled to take effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. GRAS substances… Continue Reading

Very few Canadians sign petition to legalize raw milk

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The deadline is noon today, but unless there is a morning groundswell of activity one might easily come to the conclusion that Canadians don’t give a rip about making raw milk legal. An official House of Commons petition to Canada’s Minister of Health has collected a mere 4,877 signatures since it became available online April 13… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Raw milk — a different kind of choice/life debate

Opinion

Discussing pros and cons of unpasteurized milk, from left, Theodore Beals, Jeffrey Farber, Jeff Kornacki and Joseph Heckman at the IAFP 2016 Conference in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — Organizers billed the raw milk debate at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection as an “Amicable Exchange of Experts.” To the extent that the experts refrained from name calling and the use of profanity, the IAFP program was correct. In fact, after taking turns at the podium, the… Continue Reading

Liberals, conservatives agree on threat of foodborne pathogens

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As Americans prepare for the second week of pre-empted prime time programming tonight with the beginning of the Democratic National Convention today in Philadelphia, there’s one thing that liberals and conservatives agree about — food safety. “Foodborne illness from bacteria ranked first among both liberals and conservatives (with) 55 percent and 58 percent, respectively,” ranking… Continue Reading

The evolution of organic messaging moves away from fear

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This opinion piece was originally posted July 18, 2016, by the Alliance for Food and Farming. At the inaugural Organic Produce Summit in Monterey on July 14, we witnessed a messaging evolution happening among the strongest organic advocates. This messaging moves away from disparaging non-organic products and mirrors the main message of the Alliance… Continue Reading

Washington state dairy recalls raw goat milk after E. coli test

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A dairy on Vashon Island, WA, is recalling raw goat milk after state officials detected toxin-producing E. coli in a sample. Burton Hill Farm & Dairy sold the raw goat milk that is now under recall between June 22 and 29. It is labeled with sell-by dates of June 29 and July 1, 2016. “Burton Hill… Continue Reading

More local food, more food safety risk, more federal grants

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With industry reporting that sales of “local foods” more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, concerns about public safety also increased, spurring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer almost $5 million in new food safety grants. The money is to help smaller operations comply with new food safety guidelines established by the Food and… Continue Reading

Lawmaker seeks increased access amid raw milk warnings

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As Louisiana lawmakers consider whether to allow on-farm sales of raw milk, health officials in Utah and Tennessee are echoing last month’s federal warning about the dangers of drinking raw milk, citing outbreaks and deaths. As many as 3 percent of the people in the United States drink raw — aka unpasteurized — milk, according… Continue Reading

Meat substitutes: Safer and just as tasty as the real thing?

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Portland, OR — On a recent rainy evening, Native Foods Cafe in Bridgeport Village was bustling. Customers crowded around the counter to order burgers, nachos, chicken wings and other dishes, and people were happily digging in after being served. The “Soul Bowl,” a mélange of beans, rice and veggies, had what looked and tasted like… Continue Reading

New Jersey standoff on homemade food sales continues

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A New Jersey state senator is standing firm on his opposition to legalizing direct-to-consumer sales of certain foods not produced in commercial kitchens, citing food safety and fair competition concerns. Only the Garden State and Wisconsin have 100 percent bans on “homemade” food sales, often referred to as the cottage food industry by proponents. New… Continue Reading