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Walmart Takes a Stance on Animal Welfare, Antibiotics

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On Friday morning, Walmart announced its positions on the responsible use of animal antibiotics and on animal welfare. The company is now urging U.S. suppliers to Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to adopt and implement judicious use principles for antibiotic use in farm animals, specifically referring to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s principles and the Food… Continue Reading

New Bill Would Limit Permissible Level of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday which would limit the amount of inorganic arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based foods. The R.I.C.E (Reducing food-based Inorganic Compounds Exposure) Act would require the Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice and food containing rice. “Inorganic arsenic… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Collecting Animal Antibiotics Sales Data By Species

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to expand animal drug data to include information about species. Each year, the agency publishes a summary of the information animal drug sponsors are required to report every year by the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA), but the data are only broken down by drug class…. Continue Reading

Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion

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The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service report released… Continue Reading

UK Launches Food Safety Week With Chicken Challenge

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According to new data from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), one-third of the U.K. population could contract food poisoning from Campylobacter over the course of their lifetime. FSA released the figure — based on the current infection rates of approximately 280,000 people per year — to kick off its 2015 Food Safety Week and the… Continue Reading

FSMA Readiness: The Challenge of Implementation

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Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a “Kickoff Meeting” in Washington, D.C., for a new law promised to revolutionize the nation’s food system into one focused on preventing foodborne illness. That law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was enacted more than four years ago, but FDA is finally ready to… Continue Reading

Two New Jersey Restaurant Workers Recently Test Positive for Hepatitis A

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According to the Camden County Health Department in New Jersey, a server at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ, recently tested positive for the Hepatitis A virus. The health department has reportedly vaccinated the rest of the employees to protect them and keep the virus from spreading. The restaurant issued a statement saying that the health… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Agrees to Listeria Testing and Reporting Regime for Plants in Texas and Oklahoma

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The president and CEO of Blue Bell Creameries signed voluntary agreements on Thursday with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry holding the company to a detailed Listeria testing and reporting regime before selling any ice cream made at its headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, or the one… Continue Reading

FSA: 280,000 Sickened With Campylobacter in the UK Last Year

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An estimated 280,000 United Kingdom citizens fell ill with Campylobacter in 2014, according to the country’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). The estimation comes atop growing concerns over the rates of Campylobacter contamination on chicken in the U.K. The challenge of Campylobacter on raw poultry has become so pervasive that FSA is dedicating its annual Food Safety Week (May 18-24) to… Continue Reading

Listeria Outbreak was a ‘Wake-Up Call’ for the U.S. Apple Industry

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Following the recent outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to caramel apples which killed seven people and hospitalized 34, the president of the U.S. Apple Association has called food safety the apple industry’s “top issue,” according to the Capital Press. Jim Bair, the association’s president, made the declaration on his most recent trip to Washington state, where he met… Continue Reading