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Stonewall Kitchen recalls mixes for tainted powdered milk

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A second company has issued a recall of pancake and waffle mixes — this time Stonewall Kitchen — because the FDA found Salmonella at a manufacturing facility where powdered milk for the mixes was produced. The Stonewall Kitchen recall Thursday came a day after the Publix Super Markets grocery store chain recalled some of its… Continue Reading

Pesticide data report starts new debate cycle on fresh produce

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It’s the silver anniversary for the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which marks 25 years with results from samples collected in 2015. It’s a comforting report because it shows American-grown fruits and vegetables are safe because pesticide levels are kept below levels permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has the most stringent restrictions in the… Continue Reading

Two years later, state is still trying to shut down meat processor

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A slaughterhouse-meat processing business in Auburn, WA, that lost its license two years ago because of food safety violations is still operating and now under court order to cease operations. Rickson Vilog, owner of Vilog Livestock, is under orders from King County Superior Court Judge Brian Gain to remove all livestock from his property by… Continue Reading

Publix recalls mixes; cites powdered milk Salmonella problem

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The Publix Super Markets grocery chain is recalling some of its pancake and waffle mixes because powdered milk in them may be contaminated with Salmonella. Publix officials initiated the recall after the supplier of the powdered milk notified them about the possible contamination, according to a notice posted on the grocery chain’s website Wednesday. Consumers… Continue Reading

Top food safety prosecutor continues accountability approach

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The Justice Department’s top food safety prosecutor says the year-old “Yates Memo,” about holding individuals at corporations accountable, is “still evolving.” In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer said  “the memo’s changes in emphasis are yet to… Continue Reading

Cold plasma proving to be hottest new food safety treatment

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Described as a “purple blow torch” by food safety scientists, cold plasma treatment can kill 99.9 percent of norovirus on blueberries without damaging the delicate fruit, giving a food safety boost to the so-called superfood. Brendan Niemira, a microbiologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, PA, and a team… Continue Reading

Data shows most American farms are still family farms

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After all these years, agriculture in America remains overwhelmingly dominated by family farms. A new report by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) shows not only just how dependent America is on family farms, but also how many are independent of government. “Seventy-two percent of all farms received no farm-related government payments in 2015,” according to… Continue Reading

Another tomato grower loses claim regarding 2008 outbreak

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The U.S. Court of Federal Claims two years ago ruled that food safety warnings are not “regulatory takings” by the government, and, therefore, Uncle Sam does not have to compensate tomato growers who lost money when the public was told tomatoes might have been responsible for a 2008 Salmonella outbreak. Now the 4th U.S. Circuit… Continue Reading

350 sick in outbreak traced to Polish eggs; trade regs eyed

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The number of people infected by Salmonella traced to a Polish egg farm has topped 350 with 10 countries now reporting confirmed and probable cases. The victim count has increased substantially since October when the European Food Safety Authority reported 260 illnesses across seven countries between May 1 and Oct. 12 this year. Wozniak Poultry… Continue Reading

Animal activists flood the comment zone before deadline

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Individuals and animal activists’ organizations were swarming the government comment site, regulations.gov yesterday over proposed new guidelines about labeling claims made about how animals are raised. Monday was the deadline for comments on the new labeling guidelines that were rolled out last September. The guidelines require supporting documentation when submitting labels and how to modify… Continue Reading