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New Jersey Township Tries Again for Fines on Food Safety Violators

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After dealing with an outbreak of Hepatitis A late last year, Hamilton Township, NJ, has introduced new food safety laws to fine restaurants for health violations and require that establishments prominently display food license and food inspection reports. If passed by the Hamilton Township Council, Ordinance 15-025 would require restaurants to pay $350 for a… Continue Reading

Soybean and Mung Bean Sprouts Recalled for Listeria Risk

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Good Seed Inc. is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company is recalling the following products, which were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina: 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts”… Continue Reading

FDA Kicks Off the ‘Year of the Food Safety Modernization Act’

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In front of hundreds of food industry and trade association representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented its unified plan to roll out and implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed by President Obama in January 2011, FSMA will bring about the most sweeping changes to the U.S. food… Continue Reading

New Database of Food Safety Inspections Includes About Half of All U.S. Counties

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If you’ve ever tried to find a recent inspection report for a particular restaurant, you’ll know that the ease of accessing and understanding that information can depend on what city or county you live in. University of Maryland Economics Professor Ginger Jin and UCLA Associate Professor of Business Management Philip Leslie have been doing research… Continue Reading

FDA May Exempt Farm-to-Consumer Sales from FSMA Preventive Controls

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to amend and improve its regulations on food facility registration. Facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for consumption in the U.S. must register with FDA, but “retail food establishments,” farms, restaurants and certain other entities are exempt from the requirement. The… Continue Reading

Oceana Study: 38 Percent of Supposed Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes are Fraudulent

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The Chesapeake Bay’s iconic blue crab is said to carry a distinctly fresh taste that’s prized by locals and tourists alike. But the crab cakes sold as authentically local at some restaurants in the Chesapeake region might actually be fraudulent crab shipped from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new study by Oceana… Continue Reading

Note to Small Farms: Keep Food Safety Front and Center When Donating or Selling to Food Banks

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As you read this, please keep in mind that back in the 1970s and 80s, my family — ma, pa, and the kids — had a 20-acre place in northern Idaho. We raised sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits, and put in an orchard, several acres of hay, and a huge garden. We believed that the… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: When Does Food Expire?

Opinion

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Here, where the mountains meet the plains at a junction called the Front Range, you are likely to hear conversations about storage food. I recently learned that my mother’s canning stored in the basement or storm cellar is now viewed as a sort of champagne level for storage food. Now, it more typically comes in… Continue Reading

The Down and Dirty on Manure and Food Safety

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(This article by Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension was first published here on March 4, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) Manure can be a significant benefit to growing fresh produce or a potential threat to food safety when applied on produce farms. Raw manure should never come into contact with harvested produce, and,… Continue Reading

Iowa Congressman Reintroduces Interstate Commerce Agriculture Bill

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On Feb. 3, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) re-introduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), which he attempted to amend into last year’s farm bill. King’s bill would prevent states and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce. In his statement about PICA, King referenced California’s statewide… Continue Reading