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Tests Show Washington State Shellfish Safe Following Chinese Ban

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Laboratory tests on Washington state’s exotic shellfish export, the geoduck clam, have found no evidence of unsafe or excessive levels of arsenic, rebutting claims made by Chinese food safety authorities that followed a sudden ban placed on U.S. shellfish from the West Coast. The ban has already devastated shellfish growers in Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Northern… Continue Reading

China Bans Shellfish From U.S. West Coast for Arsenic and Toxin Levels

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China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States after finding  high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters. The indefinite ban affects clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off the coast of Washington, Oregon, Alaska… Continue Reading

FDA to Withdraw Approvals for Arsenic in Animal Feed

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The Food and Drug Administration responded Monday to a four-year-old petition from the Center for Food Safety and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, stating that the agency was in the process of formally withdrawing approval for the use of arsenic-based drugs in animal feed. The letter states that sponsors of three of the… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Limit for Arsenic in Apple Juice

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed a limit for arsenic in apple juice, two years after testing by Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports spurred widespread consumer concern about the presence of the compound in juice products. The Environmental Protection Agency already has an arsenic limit for tap water, but the FDA’s new… Continue Reading

Arsenic Levels in Chicken Raise Health Concerns

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Levels of inorganic arsenic found in samples of chicken may be responsible for a slight increase in cancer risk to consumers over their lifetimes, according to a study by researchers at John Hopkins University published this week. That research comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration two… Continue Reading

Democrats Urge White House to Release FDA Guidance on Arsenic in Juice

Nearly two years after Consumer Reports and Dr. Oz sparked national concern after finding arsenic in popular brands of children’s apple juice, a handful of Democrats in the House and Senate are asking the White House Office of Management and Budget to release a long-delayed voluntary guidance on limiting arsenic, a known carcinogen, in juice… Continue Reading

2012 Reader’s Choices: Most Popular Food Safety News Stories

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Editor’s Note:  With only a few days of 2012 remaining, it’s time to take a look back at the year.  That’s what we will be doing today and tomorrow. We are going to begin with your choices for 2012, those stories that drew the most readership at Food Safety News.   We are calling these the… Continue Reading

Rice Growers Sue Chicken Industry Over Poultry Litter

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Arkansas rice growers say chicken industry practices promoted by industry giants like Pfizer, Tyson Foods Inc. and other big chicken producers are responsible for the high arsenic levels being detected in their crops. The growers have asked the Circuit Court for the Southern District of Arkansas for a jury trial to decide whether their claim… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Set Arsenic Limits for Rice Products

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In response to a recent Consumer Reports investigation on arsenic in rice, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced legislation that would to limit the amount of arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based products. In a release from the lawmakers, they said they were taking action because the investigation revealed… Continue Reading

Dust-Up Over Arsenic Levels In Rice Settles Nothing

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Nothing changed yesterday about arsenic in rice and rice products. Consumer Reports and National Chicken Council exchanged some shots, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not change so much as a comma in any of its recommendations about arsenic and rice. FDA says “there is an absence of the necessary scientific data… Continue Reading