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ChloroFields sprouted microgreens recalled for Salmonella

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A Kansas grower is recalling “Asian Mix Microgreens” from retailers in three states because a random sample tested by the Food and Drug Administration found Salmonella bacteria in the sprouts. The ChloroFields branded microgreens from ChloroFields of Lawrence, KS, have sell-by dates of March 26, so there is concern retailers and consumers may still have… Continue Reading

Dozens sick from soy nut butter; FDA mum on manufacturer

Almost 90 percent of the victims in the ongoing E. coli outbreak traced to a soy substitute for peanut butter are children.

With the victim count at more than two dozen and expected to increase, lab reports show little doubt that I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter products are implicated in an ongoing E. coli outbreak, but corporate and government officials are still not saying what other products might also be contaminated. Three states — Oregon, Washington… Continue Reading

Civil suit does what FDA won’t — names soy nut butter maker

More E. coli cases expected in nationwide outbreak; distribution details deemed corporate secrets

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No one knows how many more people will become victims of an ongoing E. coli outbreak traced to soy nut butter products, partly because consumers don’t know what foods could be contaminated — and the FDA refuses to name the manufacturer. However, a civil action filed Monday by an outbreak victim’s parents may free up the… Continue Reading

Reports of sick dogs trigger recalls by WellPet, Blue Buffalo

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Consumer complaints about sick pets have spurred nationwide recalls by WellPet LLC and Blue Buffalo Co. because of potentially excessive levels of beef thyroid hormone in their dog foods. Each company — WellPet LLC of Tewksbury, MA, and Blue Buffalo Co. of Wilton, CT — recalled specific production lots of one flavor of their canned… Continue Reading

Federal court shuts down powdered milk producer

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Additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement against Valley Milk Products LLC was taken last week. In  civil action, the government and Valley Milk Products LLC entered into a consent decree of condemnation, and U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Virginia issued an order for a permanent injunction against any distribution of… Continue Reading

More delay for Produce Safety Rule as industry balks over water testing

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Water testing standards that are a key part of the produce safety requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are undergoing a quiet review that could extend the compliance date for the Produce Safety Rule beyond January 2018. Produce industry leaders learned  in mid-February during a meeting with U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: “Cage free” wins out , but at what cost?

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Hens are getting new housing all across America and it’s all going to be “cage free.” The “cage free” campaign has won, largely by focusing on market decision-makers.   It did have one major political victory back in 2008 when California passed Proposition 2. However in the marketplace,  the “cage-free ” campaign has been running… Continue Reading

Food industry wants Congress to fund FSMA enforcement

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Food safety appropriations for last year are like the high water marks for the next fiscal year budget and congressional appropriators are now being urged not to back off just as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) just as it is being implemented. A couple dozen major food companies and trade associations Wednesday dropped a… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters again targeted at seafood businesses

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A seafood processor and a seafood importer  have recently received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first was dated Feb. 28, 2017 and went out from FDA’s Seattle District Office to Trapper’s Creek Inc., doing business as the Copper River Smoking Company and located in Puyallup, WA.  Trapper’s seafood processing… Continue Reading

More money for military defense means less for food defense

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This column includes information from an “Advocacy at a Glance” posting by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and analysis and commentary by Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of the alliance, both republished here with permission. President Donald Trump is proposing shifting $54 billion from domestic to defense programs in fiscal year 2018,… Continue Reading