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144 Food Industry Employees Filed FSMA Whistleblower Complaints From 2011-2014

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Food industry employees have been using the whistleblower protections provided under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ever since it was signed into law, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA reports that it has received 144 whistleblower complaints under FSMA, beginning with 17 in 2011. FSMA’s Section… Continue Reading

Seafood Company Ordered to Cease Operations

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A seafood importing and processing company in Los Angeles, CA, has been ordered to cease operations until it can institute safe manufacturing practices. The permanent injunction was announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After a 2012 recall of “improperly eviscerated” fish from the L.A. Star… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: High Levels of Tilmicosin in Beef

FDA Warning

Tilmicosin is a veterinary antibiotic sold around the world under numerous brand names. It’s used to treat cattle and sheep, respectively, for bovine and ovine respiratory diseases. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a safe (or tolerance) level of 0.1 parts per million (ppm) for residues of the drug in muscle tissue… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: FSMA Section 402

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We’re soon going to find out what Section 402 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) means. Section 402 is one of those “miscellaneous provisions” of the FSMA that has not received much attention until now, but it’s been on the minds of food industry attorneys and human resource managers ever since the FSMA was… Continue Reading

Critics Call White House Antibiotics Action Plan a ‘Missed Opportunity’ on Farms

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The White House released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Friday, but some critics say it doesn’t do enough to tackle antibiotic use on farms. “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today. It causes tens of thousands of deaths and millions of illnesses every year —… Continue Reading

Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Preservation of Antibiotics Legislation

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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

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

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

FDA Warning

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

Consumer Reports Guides Shoppers Through Produce Pesticide Residues

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Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases guides to help shoppers pick fruits and vegetables with the fewest pesticide residues. Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center has now released similar guidelines. According to the organization’s survey conducted in November 2014, pesticide exposure in food is a concern for 85 percent of Americans. For its… Continue Reading

Culture-Independent Diagnostics Most Common for Campylobacter, STEC

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According to Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network’s report on foodborne illness in 2013, clinical laboratories used culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) to detect more than 20,000 infections. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has delved deeper into the data collected about these tests. CIDTs are attractive to clinicians because they can be faster… Continue Reading