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Critics Call White House Antibiotics Action Plan a ‘Missed Opportunity’ on Farms

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The White House released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Friday, but some critics say it doesn’t do enough to tackle antibiotic use on farms. “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today. It causes tens of thousands of deaths and millions of illnesses every year —… Continue Reading

Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Preservation of Antibiotics Legislation

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On Tuesday, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. “My legislation would save eight critical classes of antibiotics from being routinely fed to healthy animals and would reserve them only for sick humans and sick animals,” Slaughter… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Guides Shoppers Through Produce Pesticide Residues

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Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases guides to help shoppers pick fruits and vegetables with the fewest pesticide residues. Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center has now released similar guidelines. According to the organization’s survey conducted in November 2014, pesticide exposure in food is a concern for 85 percent of Americans. For its… Continue Reading

The Future is Now for the Food Safety Modernization Act

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We all knew FSMA was a big deal when Congress passed it a little over four years ago. After a decade of illness outbreaks, import safety problems, and market disruptions that shook consumer confidence and imposed billions of dollars in costs on the food system, Congress mandated a paradigm shift to prevention — to establishing a… Continue Reading

Salmonella Risk Prompts Frontier Co-op to Recall Organic Garlic Powder and Products Made With It

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Frontier Co-op of Norway, IA, announced Monday that it is voluntarily recalling dozens of products manufactured with organic garlic powder sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, and one product sold under the Whole Foods Market brand, due to potential Salmonella contamination. The list of recalled products containing the organic garlic powder, along with label… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Drug Residues, HACCP Issues, Misbranding

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Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings to a cattle operation, an auction facility, a seafood processing facility, and a Japanese producer of eel grilling sauce. In October 2014, South Central Livestock of Lewisburg, TN, sold a cow for slaughter as food that was found to have illegal drug residues in… Continue Reading

3 Deaths, 5 Illnesses: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Single-Serving Blue Bell Ice Cream

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State and federal health officials are investigating five cases of Listeriosis which have been linked to single-serving ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries. The five, all adult Kansas residents, were hospitalized at the time for other reasons and reportedly became ill after a majority of them consumed Blue Bell Creameries single-serving ice cream at the hospital…. Continue Reading

Hamburg Tells Senate Budget Committee FSMA Funding Needed to Fill ‘Significant’ Gaps

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Many questions directed at outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg during a Senate budget hearing on Thursday concerned funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and details of the law’s rules. The agency’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 asks for a total of $1.5 billion for food safety and nutrition, including a $109.5-million increase… Continue Reading

Very Small Number of Dairies Found Illegally Using Antibiotics

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A very small number of dairy farms have been found using animal antibiotics in ways not approved by law, according to a new study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. Because antibiotic residues immediately appear in milk, dairy cows are only supposed to receive drugs when they’re known to be sick. Regardless,… Continue Reading

Budget Subcommittee Zeroes in on FDA’s Request for More FSMA Funding

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The increased funding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in fiscal year 2016 was one of the key topics of discussion Wednesday during a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. Outgoing FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg made her last appearance before the committee since she is… Continue Reading