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CA raw milk producer says conflicting testing methods are the problem

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The owner of a California organic dairy is working with state officials to find the source of Salmonella that has twice this month caused recalls of his raw milk, even though he believes the state’s test results are not indicative of the safety of his unpasteurized dairy products. The 500-cow operation, Organic Pastures Dairy Co. in… Continue Reading

Senate votes to end USDA catfish inspections, which just got underway

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The U.S. Senate has voted to shut down the nation’s only catfish inspection program, a move that would put more Americans at risk of exposure to carcinogens and antibiotics from Asian white fish, such as Vietnamese pangasius. Senators approved the Joint Resolution by a vote of 55-43 on Wednesday. It now goes to the House… Continue Reading

FDA salutes four industry food safety initiatives in reportable food registry

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Four initiatives by the private sector to improve food safety are called out for recognition in the 5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Report, which has been submitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They include: Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry: A guidance document was published… Continue Reading

Researchers find nanoparticles in 6 of 6 U.S. baby formulas tested

Looking more like an overhead view of garden stones and shrubs, this highly magnified photo shows nano titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide found in baby formula in the U.S.

Recent research has detected potentially harmful nanoparticles in six out of six popular infant formulas tested. Not surprisingly, this has triggered yet more concern about the safety of these engineered particles, which are added to some of the foods we eat. The products tested were Gerber Good Start Gentle, Gerber Good Start Soothe, Enfamil, Similac… Continue Reading

Three more companies recall products containing sunflower kernels

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted three more recalls of food items containing sunflower kernels. Two of the recalls were posted Tuesday, May 24, and another was posted May 20. All three of the recalling firms indicated that no related illnesses have been reported to date. The two most recent recalls involve… Continue Reading

California lifts Dungeness crab health advisory in northern area

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the last remaining health advisory for Dungeness crab caught along a stretch of the state’s northern coast. The advisory was for Dungeness crabs caught in ocean waters north of 40°46.15′ N Latitude — a line extending due west from the west end of the north jetty at the entrance of Humboldt… Continue Reading

UK’s Food Standards Agency reports first-quarter food incidents

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The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released details on food incidents the agency handled during the first quarter of 2016. The summary is for all food incidents which occurred between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016, that led to an alert being issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw food products from sale…. Continue Reading

Beacon Hill halfway to allowing raw milk dairies to make home deliveries

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After the battles of Lexington and Concord, the patriot colonials adopted unconventional tactics to frontal attacks on the British Army regulars in and about Boston. Massachusetts raw milk advocates appear to be taking some lessons from those colonial days as they approach the current legislature meeting on Boston’s Beacon Hill. They’ve used a bill to… Continue Reading

First Source Recalls Products With Sunflower Kernels due to Listeria Risk

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First Source, a bulk distributor and packer of candy and other gourmet specialty items based in Tonawanda, NY, is recalling the following items because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes: 15 LBS Alpine Valley Fitness Mix with lot code BD 161021 15 LBS Alpine Valley Yogurt Fruit/Nut Mix with lot code BD… Continue Reading

Food Defense Rule designed to combat intentional adulteration

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From the books they left behind, we know that ancient people from all cultural and religious backgrounds feared that their enemies might poison their food. Our fear that our enemies might poison our food supply increased after airplanes were used as missiles to attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. That’s why food defense has been… Continue Reading