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Senate confirms 31st Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture.

Sonny Perdue today is the 31st Secretary of Agriculture, having won confirmation by the U.S. Senate in an 87-to-11 vote on Monday. The former governor of Georgia succeeds Tom Vilsack, who led the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the past eight years and who endorsed Perdue as his successor once the former Georgia governor was… Continue Reading

FDA report shows cheese maker knew of Listeria in facility

Two dead in Listeria outbreak traced to raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in New York

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The owner of Vulto Creamery, whose raw milk cheese has killed at least two people in a multi-state Listeria outbreak, had been getting positive results for the pathogen from his equipment and production plant for at least 20 months before he initiated a recall in March. Inspections of Johannes H. Vulto’s cheese-making operation in Walton,… Continue Reading

Elderly man sentenced to 18 months for certification bribes

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A 71-year-old man is facing 18 months in federal prison for taking bribes in exchange for giving false food safety training certificates to foodservice workers from 2008 to 2015. Ernest Griffin negotiated a plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in the case, admitting last year to one count of federal program bribery. U.S…. Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak strain in several flour brands from Ardent Mills

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The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed 27 cases of E. coli O121 infections across five Canadian provinces since November 2016 that have been linked to flour produced by Ardent Mills Canada. A 28th victim was a visitor to the country. Seven of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, but are recovering. No deaths have… Continue Reading

FDA warns seafood firms in Alabama, Ecuador to clean up

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The Food and Drug Administration found serious food safety violations at two seafood facilities, one in Ecuador and one in Alabama, according to warning letters recently made public by the federal agency. Food companies that receive FDA warning letters have 15 working days to respond with an outline the specific things they are doing to… Continue Reading

55 tons of frozen meals recalled for brownie Salmonella risk

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is alerting consumers nationwide that the brownie mix dessert included in breaded chicken nugget meals produced by Conagra Brands Inc., in Marshall, MO, may be contaminated with Salmonella. FSIS is issuing this alert, which affects 110,817 pounds of frozen meals, out of an abundance… Continue Reading

More pentobarbital-contaminated dog food reported

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Two varieties of Party Animal canned dog food may be contaminated with pentobarbital, according to a test report from Texas A&M University released this week. The report was provided to blogger Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food by a consumer who arranged for the testing after a family pet became ill. The consumer has not… Continue Reading

FDA’s partnership with states to keep foods safe nationwide

In this together: A conversation with Richard Ball, Joseph Corby and Erik Mettler

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Editor’s note: This interview was originally published by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) heralded a new era of enhanced collaboration between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its counterparts in state governments across the country. State officials were instrumental in providing comments to help FDA create regulations… Continue Reading

FDA registered food facilities continue to decline, half located outside U.S.

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The number of food facilities registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is on the decline, but may be getting to a more manageable number. As of Feb. 2, there were 149,933 food facilities registered with FDA, and 47 percent — 70,976 — are outside the United States. That represents a 28 percent decline since Jan. 1,… Continue Reading

Enforcement of meat inspections not limited to Secretary of Ag

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Congress was not “clear and unambiguous,” but the “better reading” of federal law finds it did not intend to withhold jurisdiction from the district courts in deciding criminal violations under the Federal Meat Inspection Act. That finding by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit means the criminal convictions of William B. Aossey Jr., Jalel… Continue Reading