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Board nixes use of carrageenan in organic food production

Sends 'bioponics' controversy back to subcommittee

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The National Organic Standards Board has voted 10-3, with one abstention, to remove carrageenan from the list of substances approved for use in food items labeled “USDA Organic.” The vote came Thursday afternoon during the board’s three-day fall meeting in St. Louis. NOSB members were tentatively scheduled to make a decision Friday on whether to approve the continued… Continue Reading

Hairy crabs taking dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs into Hong Kong

Shanghai hairy crab aka Da Zha crab

Among six hairy crab samples — three collected at the import level and three from retail sales — Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety recently found one with levels of dioxin and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs that exceeded the maximum allowed by law. The finding promoted further review and caused Hong Kong to suspend import… Continue Reading

A busy food safety day in Hong Kong

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Finding excessive cadmium in imported cooked snow crab, a preservative not permitted in vinegar, and excessive pesticide residues in three vegetable samples made for a busy Friday at Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS). The unit of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department reported the findings going into the weekend, warning food businesses to stop… Continue Reading

Arctic Fuji apple gains approval despite anti-GMO opposition

Neal Carter founded Okanagen Speciality Fruits in 1996 in Summerland, British Columbia. The company has developed and gained approval for genetically modified apples that have non-browning properties.

A third genetically modified apple variety, the Arctic Fuji, has gained U.S. approval and the grower responsible for it plans next to seek approval for genetically modified Arctic Gala apples. Developed by bioresource engineer Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. in Summerland, British Columbia, the Arctic Fuji joins the Arctic golden… Continue Reading

Compromise bill on GMO labeling lands on president’s desk

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The Senate compromise bill for labeling food with genetically modified ingredients is on its way to President Obama’s desk after gaining a solid 306-117 bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives early this afternoon. Passage of S. 764 came with 101 Democrats joining 205 Republicans in a vote that pre-empts any state labeling of food produced… Continue Reading

Judge strikes down USDA compost guidance, orders a do-over

Applying industrial compost

An industry trade group representing California and Arizona produce growers isn’t happy with a recent federal court decision striking down government guidance for using composted municipal green waste on organic farms. In a statement released June 21, Western Growers of Irvine, CA, expressed disappointment in the June 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the Northern… Continue Reading

Hong Kong experiences routine year for foodborne outbreaks

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s Center for Food Safety reports 2015 was a fairly routine year for outbreaks and illnesses from foodborne diseases. In collaboration with the Department of Health (DH), the Center for Food Safety received 256 referrals from the DH on foodborne disease outbreaks affecting 993 people. During the past decade, the number of… Continue Reading

Activists challenge NC’s new ‘ag-gag’ law in federal court

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A third state was hauled into federal court Wednesday where it will have to defend its recently enacted law to protect the privacy of animal agriculture under the force of criminal law. North Carolina joined Idaho and Utah in being forced to defend an “ag-gag” law, legislation designed to make it more difficult for animal activists… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

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It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

Center for Food Safety Nominated For 2015 “Luddite Award”

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The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has been nominated for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF’s) 2015 “Luddite Award.” Luddites are people or organizations that exist to hold back the introduction of new technologies. Nominees for the “Luddite Award” include “the year’s worst innovation killers,” according to ITIF, the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan research… Continue Reading