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Six Arrested in Chinese Scandal Over Expired Meat

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Chinese authorities in Shanghai have arrested six officials and employees from a subsidiary of the U.S. food supplier OSI Group in connection with the scandal involving expired meat served at a number of Western food chain franchises in China, according to Channel News Asia. The six, who were arrested this past Friday, work for Shanghai… Continue Reading

State Halts Raw Milk Sales From Idaho Dairy

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The sale of raw milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres in Parma, ID, has been put on hold until further notice by the Idaho Department of Agriculture after recently testing positive for Cryptosporidium. Milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres tested positive for the parasite the week of Aug. 24, according to news reports. Two Canyon County residents who… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Dairy Farm, Seafood Processor, Dietary Supplement Manufacturers

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published warning letters issued to a dairy farm, a seafood company and two dietary supplement makers.    R Style Holsteins of Edison, OH, received a warning letter after selling a cow for slaughter that was considered adulterated because of unacceptable levels of drug residues in its liver. FDA… Continue Reading

Chinese Citrus Fruit Could be Cleared for U.S. Import: APHIS Invites Comments

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China will have to jump through some hoops, but it may soon be able to sell previously barred citrus fruit in the United States, specifically fresh pomelo, mandarin orange, ponkan (tangerine), sweet orange and Satsuma mandarin fruit. On Thursday, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published the proposed rule, which would allow the… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Want FDA to Drop Agency’s Push for FSMA User Fees

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Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sam Farr (D-CA) are calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request full funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rather than continuing to consider user fees as a funding source. For the FY… Continue Reading

Food Industry Association Plans to Make GRAS More Transparent

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is taking steps to make food additives more transparent. The trade organization, representing more than 300 food, beverage and consumer product companies, says their five-part initiative, announced Wednesday, will modernize the process for making “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) determinations. The category has been controversial because it allows companies to… Continue Reading

Food Safety Regulations Will Change Industry, Brackett Says

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(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Aug. 26, 2014, and is reposted here with permission.) The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration’s new food safety regulations aren’t the only changes facing fresh produce marketers, but the coming rules likely will be the most far-reaching, Robert Brackett believes. In a… Continue Reading

JIFSAN: FDA-University Partnership Helps Enhance the Safety of Imported Food

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A significant portion of the food that Americans consume comes from overseas, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the ability to inspect all imports, so it’s not a bad idea to intervene with preventive measures before the food reaches our ports. “It’s much better and more efficient to control the problem… Continue Reading

Update: UK Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Three Deaths Likely Came From a Single Source of Eggs

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The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in the U.K. has now sickened nearly 250 people, and three of them have reportedly died. And, according to public health officials, the illnesses can likely be traced back to a single source of eggs. Public Health England officials said that 30 cases have now been reported in London, 54 in the West… Continue Reading

FSIS Enforcement Action Results in Sentencing in Three Criminal Cases

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A trio of successful prosecutions top the quarterly enforcement report from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for the period ending June 30th. The April to June period is the third quarter of the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Linda Chen Mai, an employee of the Trinh Company in San Jose, CA,… Continue Reading