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Ackee Products Can Be Seized or Refused Entry for Toxin Levels, Says FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing final guidance on enforcement criteria for ackee products containing the toxin hypoglycin A. Ackee is a fruit native to West Africa but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries, and Southern Florida. Canned, frozen and other ackee products are marketed in the U.S., largely… Continue Reading

FDA Allows Irradiation in Crustaceans for Foodborne Pathogen Control

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow irradiation on crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish and prawns to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. After a safety assessment considered potential toxicity, the effect of irradiation on nutrients, and potential microbiological risk, the agency decided to amend current food additive regulations to allow “the safe use… Continue Reading

Tribes Still Troubled by FDA’s ‘Inadequate’ Consultation Policy

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With less than 30 days notice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally set a date for face-to-face consultation with American Indian tribes and pueblos on its proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On March 27, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor sent a letter to tribal… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Six Addressed to Seafood Facilities

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The bulk of the nine warning letters released last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were addressed to seafood processing facilities for violations of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulation. HACCP failures at Portland Fish Exchange of Portland, ME, led FDA to declare the company’s seafood products – including histamine-producing… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Bogus Honey Story Won’t Die

Opinion

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Foodborne disease outbreaks and recalls usually dictate the foods we cover. We usually follow the pathogens without any other discriminating factor. So, if we are focused on beef, or spinach, or sprouts, or cantaloupe, or whatever, we just follow the story. Of course, there are always exceptions to rules. Food Safety News has been fortunate… Continue Reading

FSMA Questions Dominate Town Hall Session With Top Food Safety Regulators

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Michael Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told the audience at the Food Safety Summit’s Town Hall on Thursday to expect a document explaining the principles guiding the agency’s internal work for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Taylor was joined at the event in Baltimore… Continue Reading

Seattle and King County Plan to Publicly Post Restaurant Inspection Scores

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Due to increasing consumer interest, made even more evident by 2,000 signatures on an online petition, Public Health – Seattle & King County is developing a system for publicly posting restaurant inspection scores that could be up and running by the end of next year. Mark Rowe, manager of Seattle and King County’s food protection… Continue Reading

NIOSH Director Says FSIS Administrator Misinterpreted Line-Speed Study

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John Howard, director of the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is concerned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has misinterpreted the findings of a recent study evaluating worker safety at poultry-processing plants. At the request of FSIS, NIOSH evaluated the effects of waivers of line-speed restrictions… Continue Reading

New Federal Bill Aims to Squash State GMO-Labeling Efforts

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Efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sprouted across more than two dozen states, including two successful bills in Maine and Connecticut, along with measures that came up short at the ballot box in California and Washington. But proposed federal legislation introduced on Wednesday would put an end to that by prohibiting any mandatory… Continue Reading

Idaho Joins Utah in Asking Federal Court to Dismiss ‘Ag-Gag’ Lawsuit

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Idaho wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). “ALDF attacks a statute it wishes had passed,” say attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L “Butch” Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “The statute actually passed has nothing to do with speech or employee whistleblowing,” they… Continue Reading