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New NACCHO website offers more resources to public

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A newly designed website to put more of its “rich array of resources and information” into the hands of its members, partners, and the public is being rolled out by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization said the new website’s functionality will “allow NACCHO to drive… Continue Reading

White Rice Halted at Border Still Reached U.S. Consumers

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Long grain milled white rice, manufactured by SAMAN and imported into the United States by Caney Distributors Inc. based in San Juan, Puerto Rico was refused entry last July. The importer had failed to provide necessary documentation to substantiate that the shipment was in compliance with applicable regulations. In a recently released warning letter to… Continue Reading

There is No Mistaking Butter Says Irish Food Safety Authority

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Butter is now defined in Ireland as a churned-cream dairy product consisting primarily of milk fat, water, non-fat milk material and if necessary, salt, according to Dr. Pat O’Mahon, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s chief specialist in food technology. The new official definition comes from a recently published guidance note on “The Use of… Continue Reading

Patchwork of state regs on raw milk blankets the country

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There’s more than one way to skin a cat. That’s especially true when looking at how states are tangling with the dilemma of how to regulate the sale of raw milk. Even though federal law requires any milk that’s sold across state lines to be pasteurized and prohibits the sale of raw milk across state… Continue Reading

USDA says pesticide levels in produce, other foods not a threat

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Just as in the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze,” there is significance to the non-barking dogs when it comes to a major data dump by a government agency. There’s been scant reaction to USDA’s release Monday of its annual Pesticide Data Program report. The report again confirms that pesticide residues are not a food safety… Continue Reading

Raw milk’s ‘explosive growth’ comes with costs to the state

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“Explosive growth.” That’s how Washington state’s Agriculture Department describes what’s been happening in the raw-milk industry in the past 10 years. The numbers say it all. There were only six raw-milk dairies in the state in 2006. There are now 39 — more than double the number in 2013 when there were 18. All are… Continue Reading

B.C. Hepatitis A Outbreak Under Investigation

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British Columbia health authorities are monitoring a Hepatitis A outbreak in Dawson Creek, B.C. and trying to identify the source of the viral infection. Northern Health’s chief medical officer Dr. Sandra Allison said there have been five confirmed cases. Allison said the health teams are trying to identify where the infected people have been and eaten… Continue Reading

Most Feared Salmon Virus Has Arrived in BC Waters

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The European variant of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) was said to have arrived in British Columbia almost five years ago, but then the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it was not so after testing two suspect salmon. That was in 2011. But if British Columbia was ISAV-free then, it almost certainly is not now,… Continue Reading

New dietary guidelines show potential conflict between safe and healthy

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Time was that food and medicine were two different things. Food was for eating and medicine was for curing diseases. It was as simple as that. Take a look at the recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and you’ll see that things have changed. Food is now viewed as a form of preventive medicine… Continue Reading

Alvin and the Chipmunks Speak Out for Food Safety

Young children are among the most vulnerable when it comes to foodborne illnesses so the USDA has enlisted the help of Alvin and the Chipmunks for a campaign to help parents and educators teach good food safety habits. Dubbed “The Road Chip to Food Safety” as a nod to the little guys’ new movie “Alvin… Continue Reading