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FDA blocks tuna from Vietnamese company for hepatitis A

The expansion Wednesday of an Import Alert means the automatic detention at the U.S. border of fresh and frozen raw tuna from a Vietnamese seafood company because of hepatitis A contamination. Sustainable Seafood Co. Ltd. of Cam Lam, Vietnam, is the second Asian company to make the Import Alert list for fresh and frozen raw… Continue Reading

Dog food recalled for Salmonella; pet owners also at risk

UPDATED 8:30 p.m. EST — Darwin’s Natural Pet Products has recalled specific production lots of its Natural Selections brand Meals for Dogs after laboratory testing detected Salmonella in samples of the products. People who have handled the dog food are at risk of Salmonella infection and are advised to seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms… Continue Reading

Do FDA ‘guidance’ documents skirt the regulatory process?

The Food and Drug Administration’s penchant for “guidance” documents as opposed to formal rulemaking needs to end, according to a business-oriented public interest legal foundation. “FDA’s turn away from notice-and-comment rulemaking has an obvious motive: Formal rulemaking can be quite cumbersome, and FDA would prefer where possible to avoid the time and expense involved,” says… Continue Reading

Food bank recalls candy for chemical risk; two people sick

Federal officials and local police are warning the public about “Bibi Frutix” candy in small plastic containers shaped like baby bottles because it is expected of containing a chemical substance that has sickened at least two people. Food banks distributed at least some of the implicated candy. The Wamego (Kansas) Police Department posted its warning… Continue Reading

Arsenic in infant rice cereals compared with lead exposure

Infant rice cereals are popular with parents because they are affordable, easy to digest, and unlikely to cause allergic reactions. Infants typically begin eating cereals when they are between 4 and 6 months old. But, rice absorbs more arsenic from soil and water than other grains used for infant cereals; about 10 times more. Consequently, the level… Continue Reading

Kroger recalls ‘Comforts For Baby’ water because of mold

The Kroger Co. is recalling almost six months worth of its Comforts For Baby brand purified water with fluoride because samples have tested positive for mold contamination. Various grocery chains in 14 states are recalling the implicated infant water. “The FDA is issuing this consumer alert to reach parents and caregivers who may have bought the product, which is intended for infants,”… Continue Reading

Ruth’s salad maker warned for Listeria in production facility

B & H Foods in North Carolina is on notice from the FDA because the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes has been confirmed repeatedly during the past five years at its facilities. “Based on FDA’s analytical results for the environmental sample and inspectional findings documented during the inspection, we have determined that your RTE (ready-to-eat) food products are adulterated within the meaning… Continue Reading

FDA, USDA websites work well, rank high among federal sites

The top two federal food safety agencies made the Top 20 for specific benchmarks measured by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which compared almost 500 of Uncle Sam’s most popular websites. ITIF is a nonprofit policy think tank populated by former U.S. senators and representatives from both political parties. Its purpose is to focus… Continue Reading

UK prepares to comply with Europe’s new acrylamide rules

Food businesses in Europe must take “practical steps” to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems beginning in April. New European Union legislation describes “practical measures” food businesses must take to mitigate acrylamide formation in a range of foods. Acrylamide is a chemical that may form in some starchy foods during high-temperature cooking, such as… Continue Reading

Food safety training, treatments addressed in federal grants

If you think you’re got problems, try being a farmer. They’re faced with an impressive array of enemies that are waging war on their crops and their livelihoods. These adversaries don’t need sophisticated weapons. They’ve got something more deadly — an arsenal of biological ammunition. And for the most part, they’re small, very small, oftentimes… Continue Reading