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Federal magistrate takes Beef Checkoff under advisement


Federal Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston heard arguments for 55 minutes Tuesday from attorneys representing the activist legal fund R-CALF USA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the Beef Checkoff program. Judge Johnston of the U.S. District Court in Montana then took his range of options under advisement. R-CALF wants him to grant a temporary restraining order… Continue Reading

Federal investigation of raw milk farm expands to buying clubs


Miller’s Organic Farm is not having a good year. In March, it was associated with a raw milk Listeria outbreak involving one fatality. A judge then approved USDA’s request to inspect the farm, which led to requests for sales records. Now, Amish owner Amos Miller has been ordered back to court on Nov. 1 where he… Continue Reading

Shigellosis outbreak at elementary school kept quiet for weeks


Public health and school officials in Randolph County, MO, are investigating an outbreak of Shigellosis that they have been quietly monitoring for weeks. The county health department issued a news release Monday, more than three weeks after Moberly School District officials notified parents of students at South Park Elementary School of the outbreak. “No definite… Continue Reading

FDA bans frozen strawberries from Egyptian firm, cites Hep A

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Federal officials have red listed frozen strawberries from an Egyptian grower-shipper because of contamination with Hepatitis A, but they won’t say if the import ban is related to the ongoing outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Café locations. The Food and Drug Administration issued an Import Alert for frozen strawberries from the International Company for Agricultural… Continue Reading

Indiana seeks hunters’ help; urges caution when field dressing

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Indiana officials are warning hunters to be aware of bovine tuberculosis in wild deer and to take precautions when field dressing animals. The first case of wild bovine tuberculosis in the state was documented in August in a 2-year-old, white-tailed doe. Upon the discovery, other animals in the area were tested and the disease was… Continue Reading

Food safety plays part in urban agriculture bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, at the Lafayette Greens Community Urban Garden in Detroit to discuss the importance of local agriculture with Garden Manager Gwen Meyer, right.

Imagine walking down the street in your city neighborhood and stopping by a garden, planted in what used to be a vacant lot, to buy some vegetables or fruit for supper. For many people, this is not pie-in-the sky dreaming. It’s a welcome reality — and a pleasant change in scenery. As urban agriculture continues… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP, misbranding, drug residues


Four out of five recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to companies based in other countries. Three involve seafood HACCP issues, while the other two address food labeling/misbranding problems and drug residues, respectively. FDA wrote to Tentay Food Sauces Inc. on April 19 to say that violations of seafood HACCP… Continue Reading

Beef Checkoff goes on the griddle Tuesday in Montana


The Beef Checkoff is up Tuesday for a federal court hearing where anything could happen from dismissal of the challenging lawsuit to a temporary restraining order for the plaintiff’s. The Beef Checkoff refers to money for marketing and research, including food safety research, to promote the cattle industry. The Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 gives… Continue Reading

Salmon roe recalled nationwide in Canada; botulism possible

recalled Imperial Caviar and Seafood salmon roe

Imperial Caviar & Seafood has expanded its recall of salmon roe for the second time, urging consumers to not eat the salmon eggs because of concerns about botulism poisoning. The Fairfield, NJ-based company recalled some salmon roe Sept. 15 that had been distributed to retailers in Quebec. The next day the company expanded the recall… Continue Reading

Illnesses spur nationwide Mr. Christie’s recall in Canada

To see additional photos of the packaging for the recalled Mr. Christie's biscuits, click on the image.

Mr. Christie’s brand Arrowroot Biscuits are under recall nationwide in Canada after consumers have reported illnesses after eating the cookies, which some describe as having an off taste. Mondelēz Canada of the multinational snack company Mondelēz International  Inc. reported the cookies were distributed to retailers across Canada in the Oct. 21 recall notice on the Canadian… Continue Reading