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U.S. signs reciprocal food safety agreement with Australia

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed an arrangement with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has recognized a foreign food safety system as comparable, the first being New Zealand in 2012 and… 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

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

Lawmaker has ‘insurance’ ready if Montana OKs raw milk sales

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Montana State Sen. Diane Sands knows from her own studies as the retired development director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula that infant mortality improved and stillbirths declined after pasteurized milk became available. That’s why the Missoula Democrat is sponsoring a labeling bill as a kind of insurance against the possibility that either of… Continue Reading

Undeclared allergens a leading cause of food recalls in U.S.

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Food recalls related to illness outbreaks tend to get a lot of headlines, but undeclared allergens in foods continue to be a leading cause of recalls. In the past 60 days, there have been 44 food recalls posted by the Food and Drug Administration, with 19 of them for undeclared allergens. That would have by… Continue Reading

Make Mine Chocolate, others seek to make Easter safer for all

Public health officials join animal welfare groups in discouraging live animals as Easter gifts

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Public health officials warn against it. Animal welfare groups are opposed to it. Year after year it causes hundreds of human illnesses and agonizing deaths for baby chicks, ducks and rabbits. But every spring the practice is resurrected. Giving live animals as Easter gifts has been a tradition for decades, but for the 15th year,… Continue Reading

New advice for European Union on added sugars due in 2020

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is on schedule to provide new scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020. The Authority plans to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources that are not associated with adverse health effects. Denmark, Finland, Iceland,… Continue Reading

A new era of food transparency with Wal-Mart center in China

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Wal-Mart fresh food delivery trucks in China provide temperature-controlled transportation to help ensure the safety of the food.

Editor’s note: Depending on which hemisphere you are in while reading this column by Wal-Mart Vice President for Food Safety Frank Yiannas, the retailer’s new Food Safety Collaboration Center is opening today or tomorrow (March 29) in Beijing, China.  The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically… Continue Reading

Raw milk, tap water on survey about Nebraska outbreak

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Nebraska health officials want the public’s help with an investigation of a possible outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses in and around the Beaver City. Even people who have not been sick are being asked to complete a survey, which includes questions about consuming unpasteurized milk, sources of tap water and dining at area restaurants. “If your… Continue Reading

Michigan sees huge spike in Hepatitis A; vaccinations urged

People who have recently been exposed to Hepatitis A and who have not been vaccinated previously should be administered a single dose of single-antigen Hepatitis A vaccine within two weeks after exposure, according to the CDC. The average incubation period for Hepatitis A is 28 days, but symptoms can appear 15 to 50 days after exposure. (Photo courtesy of the CDC)

An eight-fold increase of Hepatitis A cases in Michigan in recent months has state officials encouraging people to get vaccinated against the sometimes foodborne illness. Most children receive Hepatitis A vaccinations during infancy now, but many adults have not been vaccinated. The vaccine is given in two injections a few months apart. Hepatitis A outbreaks… Continue Reading