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Briefly: Baby milk not in U.S. — Salmonella up — Steam heat

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. EU salmonella rates on the rise Over the past three years the European Union has experienced a 3 percent… Continue Reading

Letter from The Editor: The shameful vacancy at USDA

Opinion

For those marking time, waiting for a new USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, today is something of an anniversary. It was four years ago today that Dr. Elisabeth Hagen stepped down from the post. The top food safety job in the federal government remains vacant. Neither President Barack Obama nor President Donald Trump has… Continue Reading

Do FDA ‘guidance’ documents skirt the regulatory process?

The Food and Drug Administration’s penchant for “guidance” documents as opposed to formal rulemaking needs to end, according to a business-oriented public interest legal foundation. “FDA’s turn away from notice-and-comment rulemaking has an obvious motive: Formal rulemaking can be quite cumbersome, and FDA would prefer where possible to avoid the time and expense involved,” says… Continue Reading

CDC reports cruise ship outbreaks mostly norovirus

The holiday cruise season is steaming toward the New Year having logged less than one foodborne illness outbreak a month thus far in 2017 that met the CDC’s criteria for public posting. As of Dec. 8, there had been 10 such outbreaks involving nine ships from five cruise lines, according to the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading

USDA’s organic enforcement efforts find fraudulent certificates

The USDA’s National Organic Program completed more complaint reviews and investigations that it received in 2017.  It finished work on 462 reviews and investigations while receiving 379 incoming complaints during the fiscal year 2017 ending last Sept. 30. Under the jurisdiction of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the organic program recently updated reports on enforcement activities and… Continue Reading

USDA grants through NIFA include food safety research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support for research, education, and extension projects that promote a safe, nutritious food supply. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick… Continue Reading

Ruth’s salad maker warned for Listeria in production facility

B & H Foods in North Carolina is on notice from the FDA because the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes has been confirmed repeatedly during the past five years at its facilities. “Based on FDA’s analytical results for the environmental sample and inspectional findings documented during the inspection, we have determined that your RTE (ready-to-eat) food products are adulterated within the meaning… Continue Reading

Pre-cut melon linked to outbreak in the Pacific Northwest

FDA pursuing source of fruit, says recall possible; Washington state leading investigation

At least 20 people are sick with Salmonella Newport infections linked to pre-cut watermelon and cantaloupe that was sold up to and including today at various grocery stores. State and federal officials are trying to determine what company supplied the fruit and whether any is still on store shelves. Anyone who bought pre-cut watermelon or… Continue Reading