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FDA Warning Letters: Two Dairies and a Seafood Processor

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Two dairies and a seafood processor were notified about alleged food-safety violations in the latest round of warning letters posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In November 2014, FDA inspected Sunny Boys Dairy in Delta, UT, where they found a new penicillin drug being used in a way not directed by its labeling, the… Continue Reading

EFSA Risk Assessment on Bisphenol A Finds No Consumer Health Risks

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On the heels of the 2014 favorable safety assessment for bisphenol A (BPA), another major reevaluation has found that the epoxy resins used to line metal food cans pose no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. Sounding the all-clear signal for BPA this time is the influential European Food… Continue Reading

WA ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Sponsor Says Supporters Were Afraid to Testify

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According to the sponsor, Washington state agricultural representatives feared testifying Tuesday at a public hearing for a proposed bill to outlaw espionage by animal-welfare activists against farms and ranches. State Rep. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) says farmers and the organizations that represent them remained silent because “they’re scared of repercussions of just expressing an opinion.” Schmick’s… Continue Reading

Newly Revealed Salmonella Outbreak Linked to CA Deli in Summer of 2014

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An outbreak of Salmonella linked to Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village, CA, sickened 21 people this past summer, but it was never announced to the public, according to documents obtained in a lawsuit by food safety law firm Marler Clark. Public health officials in California first caught on to the outbreak in July 2014, when… Continue Reading

Choctaw Leader: FDA Should Formally Consult With Tribes or Exempt Them From FSMA

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Shannon McDaniel, executive director of tribal operations, has made a simple and straightforward request on behalf of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He wants all 565 federally recognized tribes exempted from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Or, to put it in his own words and more specifically, McDaniel wants the U.S. Food and Drug… Continue Reading

FSIS Releases New Salmonella, Campylobacter Performance Standards for Poultry

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that its new pathogen performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground poultry and chicken parts will prevent about 50,000 illnesses each year. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed changes to the Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program create brand-new standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken breasts, legs and wings, and… Continue Reading

UK Stores Pressured to Reduce Campylobacter on Fresh Whole Chicken

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The Consumers’ Association in the United Kingdom, which goes by the brand name Which?, is following up on the recent release of fresh whole chicken Campylobacter contamination rates by supermarket chain by asking chief executives what they are going to do about it. As promised, at the end of a year-long study, the UK’s Food… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland to Launch on April 1

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Food Standards Scotland is set to start on April 1. The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up the stand-alone body passed the Scottish Parliament in early December and received Royal Assent — meaning that the queen formally agrees to make the bill into law — on Jan. 13. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) will take over… Continue Reading

States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol Before It Hits the Market

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Lawmakers in several states want to ban a new powdered alcohol product before it’s even available on the market. “Palcohol” is the brand name for the new powdered alcohol that, when mixed with water, becomes a cosmopolitan, mojito, margarita or lemon drop cocktail. It’s the invention of Arizona entrepreneur Mark Phillips, whose company hopes to… Continue Reading

MI Ag Department Wants More Food-Safety Inspection Staff, Higher Fees

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The first signs are coming in that states are going to beef up their food-safety regulatory structures in light of better economic times. Michigan, for one, is after its first fee increase in 15 years for its inspection and licensing program, which oversees an estimated 18,000 retail food, processing and warehouse facilities. And the Arlington,… Continue Reading