Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Government Agencies

Subscribe to the Government Agencies Section RSS Feed

Health Officials Say Raw Milk Probably Caused Campylobacter Outbreak at Wisconsin High School

Durand High School

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services say that unpasteurized (raw) milk served at a potluck team meal is the likely cause of a Campylobacter outbreak that sickened close to a couple dozen Durand High School football players and coaches this past month. At least 22 members of the football team were sickened after… Continue Reading

FSIS: Slightly More Processing Plants Adopt Food Defense Plans

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-poultry-processing-image16589397

The number of food processing plants in the U.S. with a food defense plan rose from 83 percent to 84 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest Food Defense Plan Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). A food defense plan is a system that works… Continue Reading

Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw, Frozen Chicken Entrees

Antioch Farms Chicken a la Kiev

Minnesota health and agriculture officials announced Thursday that six recent cases of Salmonellosis in the state have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The implicated product is Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breast with a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamped code of P-1358. This product is… Continue Reading

Another Lawsuit Filed to Block EPA Approval of Enlist Duo Herbicide

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-tractor-spraying-soy-spring-image31427240

The Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging the approval of Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a blend of 2,4-D and glyphosate. The suit was filed in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Beyond Pesticides, Center for Biological Diversity, Center… Continue Reading

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Flocks Appears to be Over

Case count map

They picked up 19 more cases and added a state to the multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to live poultry from backyard flocks, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is essentially calling it over. The outbreak traced to the source of the chicks — Ohio’s Mt. Healthy Hatcheries — appears to… Continue Reading

Dietary Supplements Contained Banned Drugs After FDA Recalls

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-variety-drug-pills-dietary-supplements-composition-image31082538

A new study finds that a high percentage of dietary supplements still contained banned drugs at least six months after being recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Approximately half of all FDA class-I drug recalls since 2004 have involved dietary supplements adulterated with banned pharmaceutical ingredients. Previous studies have found that dietary… Continue Reading

Settlement Reached in GRAS Lawsuit Against FDA

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-decorative-scales-justice-courtroom-image20405420

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to finalize its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). The decision is part of a settlement agreement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS), which sued the agency last February, seeking to vacate FDA’s 1997 proposed rule on GRAS. The… Continue Reading

GAO: USDA Needs to Tighten Up Salmonella and Campylobacter Standards for Poultry

fsisinspector_406x250

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) take action to reduce pathogen contamination on chicken and turkey products, make sure that agency food-safety standards are being met, and better assess whether on-farm practices are effective in reducing pathogens in live poultry. In a… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Drug Residues, Seafood Processing, Coconut Butter

FDA Warning

In recently posted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters, three producers were cited for holding animals “under conditions that are so inadequate that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply.” Papas Dairy of North Bangor, NY, was cited for illegal drug residue in a calf sold… Continue Reading

FDA Seeks to Mesh Public and Private Food Safety Accountability

freshproduce_406x250

(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Oct. 19, 2014, and is reposted here with his permission.) ANAHEIM, CA—The last word on food safety regulations for the produce industry won’t be written next year, even though the Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) has committed to publish final versions of the… Continue Reading