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U.S. Rep says CDC is endangering lives; wants outbreak details

A member of Congress says the CDC’s response to a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is deeply alarming and endangering the public. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, fired off a scathing letter Monday to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DeLauro, who has routinely… Continue Reading

Thorny details down on the farm still stalling FDA enforcement

In the seven years since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law, the question has always been the same. How is the Food and Drug Administration going to do down on the farm? FDA last week gave itself “enforcement discretion” for some of those complex FSMA rules involving farms. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said… Continue Reading

Costco stores in Canada recall croissants for plastic

Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. is recalling its Kirkland Signature brand all butter croissants from certain Costco stores because they may contain plastic. The company did not provide any details on how the possible contamination was discovered. Consumers should not consume the Kirkland Signature brand “All Butter Croissants,” according to a notice posted Jan. 6 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Some of the… Continue Reading

FDA sends warning letters to New York seafood importers

Three New York seafood importers are on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation in addition to several federal food safety rules. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in July, August and November of 2017 and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are… Continue Reading

Split decision on Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Might Extend Beyond Agriculture

An appellate court Thursday restored specific provisions of Idaho’s 2012 Ag-Gag law but said audio, visual recordings of animal agricultural facilities could not be prohibited by the Gem State under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It may be a landmark decision for being the first time a federal circuit court has found there… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports warns against eating any romaine lettuce

Food safety experts at Consumer Reports are advising people in the U.S. and Canada to stop eating romaine lettuce. During the past seven weeks, 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from the strain of E. coli O157: H7. One person in each country has died. In the U.S., the infections have been confirmed in… Continue Reading

Auditors critical of India’s food safety agency; FSSAI fires back

A report to the Parliament in New Delhi by India’s Comptroller and Auditor General is highly critical of the nation’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Parliament tabled the report on Dec. 19, and now FSSAI is fighting back with a response that insists India’s citizens “can trust the food they get.” The… Continue Reading

E. coli victim dies in U.S. but feds can’t discuss investigation

Canada says romaine lettuce is cause; no recalls or details on supplier, retailers as threat continues

Editor’s note: A spokeswoman for the CDC confirmed for Food Safety News on Jan. 3 that one person has died in the U.S., five have been admitted to hospitals and two have developed  kidney failure because of HUS as a result of their E. coli infections. One person in the U.S. has died and two others are… Continue Reading

FDA chasing after voluntary recalls, but doesn’t often take mandatory route

Timely and efficient food recalls would cut down on foodborne illnesses, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to figure out to do it. That’s the bottom line of another report on FDA food recalls by the Office of the Inspector General for the federal Health and Human Services Department. The OIG put… Continue Reading