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USDA’s acting officials use face time to promote agency agenda

Meeting with people outside the federal government usually means hearing about somebody’s else’s agenda, but USDA’s top food safety officials apparently think it can be a two-way street. During this past December and January, Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker have used their meetings with outside parties to promote USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)… Continue Reading

CDC says more frozen coconut Salmonella illnesses possible

Although the agency has posted a final investigation report on a Salmonella outbreak traced to frozen coconut, officials at the CDC are concerned that additional people could be hit by food poisoning because of the product. “This frozen shredded coconut has a long shelf life and may still be in people’s freezers. People unaware of… Continue Reading

Chicken salad Salmonella outbreak nears 100 cases in 2 states

Health officials have identified almost 100 sick people in Iowa and at least one in Minnesota in a multi-state Salmonella outbreak investigation linked to chicken salad sold at Fareway stores. The company that supplied the deli chicken salad to Fareway Stores Inc. has not been revealed by the regional grocery chain, state officials or federal… Continue Reading

Peanut butter defendants get more time to file for rehearing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has approved a motion giving more time for the Peanut Corporation of America criminal defendants to file petitions for rehearing and rehearing en banc. The new deadline for the filings is March 13. The circuit court on Jan. 23 upheld all of the district court’s decisions… Continue Reading

Banned pesticides found in cactus pads could poison people

California warning says some of implicated produce unaccounted for; FDA notified

Dangerously high levels of banned pesticides in edible cactus from Mexico spurred California health officials to issue a public warning today urging people to throw out the product because it could cause acute poisoning. The contaminated cactus pads may also have been distributed in other states. Washing or peeling the cactus pads, also known as… Continue Reading

It gives only a little, but Trump budget takes nothing way from food safety programs

In the fiscal year 2019 budget that sets out to cut domestic programs by almost $700 billion over 10 years, federal food safety has not only escaped the knife but made some small gains. President Donald J. Trump’s $1.1 trillion discretionary budget proposal adds $9.4 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services, the… Continue Reading