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Trump wants a single federal food safety agency put under USDA

President Donald J. Trump wants to consolidate federal food safety under a single agency housed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. President Barack Obama also wanted to consolidate food safety, only he preferred housing it in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Food and Drug Administration. Obama failed because Congress… Continue Reading

Food Safety Caucus urges Trump to name Under Secretary

Ten Democrats who are members of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus are asking President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to get someone named as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. “The position of Under Secretary for Food Safety has now entered its fifth year of vacancy, making it one of the… Continue Reading

USDA delays Obama’s organic livestock standards for review

File comments at regulations.gov after USDA/AMS posts notice today in the Federal Register

The USDA is today publishing a notice in the Federal Register to further delay and reconsider new mandates for handling and transporting livestock and providing avian “living conditions” for poultry raised as organic food. Without the action, the new requirements under the National Organic Program would have taken effect today. Meat and poultry products labeled as… Continue Reading

Cage-free hens don’t improve egg food safety, nutrition levels

There’s no food safety argument to be made for cage-free eggs versus those from chickens in other types of housing, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Nor are cage-free eggs more nutritious. In what animal activists see as a defeat, a three-judge appeals panel for the 9th Circuit ruled on… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Spending Trickles Down to Food Safety

Opinion

They say that confession is good for the soul, so here goes. My confession is that I find most all of the peripheral food issues around food safety pretty boring. I was hoping Congress would take more of them off the table in the $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill it passed on Friday. Just for the… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Maid-Rite Primary Survivors

Opinion

Reggie Love, the former walk-on basketball player at Duke University who went on to become team captain, is out with a new book Feb. 3 called “Power Forward: My Presidential Education” that relates some of his experiences as President Obama’s long-time traveling companion and “body man.” I did not have an opportunity to read the book… Continue Reading

The Food Safety News Nominees for Santa’s 2014 Naughty List

How did the media, our professional associates in corporate and government information, Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel, Sheldon Lavin, POTUS (the president of the United States), and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg end up on the Food Safety News 2014 naughty list? It’s complicated. Make yourself an eggnog and sit… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Time to Name Next Star as Under Secretary for Food Safety

Opinion

Brian Ronholm is currently the acting under secretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before going over to USDA, Ronholm was an appropriations staffer for liberal Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). DeLauro, who fires critical press releases at food regulators like my fourth-grade class did with spitballs, certainly has not held back on… Continue Reading