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GAO: Federal Food-Safety Oversight Needs Better Coordination

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The federal government could be doing more to achieve the goals of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other food-safety efforts, according to a 46-page report published Thursday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The amount of food-safety oversight reported by the federal government varies between the nation’s two major food-safety agencies,… Continue Reading

Caramel Apples Linked to Multi-State Listeria Outbreak

4 illnesses and 2 deaths reported in MN

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The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a multi-state outbreak of Listeriosis linked to eating caramel apples. Four people in Minnesota have become ill as part of this outbreak. All were hospitalized, and two died…. Continue Reading

Caffeine Powder Concerns FDA, Energy Drinks Concern Denmark

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Last week, the parents of two young men who died earlier this year after ingesting caffeine powder met with Food and Drug Administration officials to deliver a citizen petition urging the agency to ban the sale of powdered caffeine. In a blog about the meeting, Michael Landa, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied… Continue Reading

Food-Safety Advocates Applaud Increased FSMA, NARMS Funding

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Food-safety advocates were pleased to see increased funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System for Enteric Bacteria (NARMS) in the $1.1-trillion spending bill President Barack Obama signed on Tuesday. The bill provides almost $2.6 billion in discretionary funding for the Food and Drug Administration, including $903 million for… Continue Reading

Three Senators Have Questions for Interagency Antibiotics Task Force

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Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent a letter Tuesday to Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Tom Vilsack and Sylvia Burwell, co-chairs of the newly formed Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, to ask how this task force will address gaps in how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently addressing… Continue Reading

Senate Passes $1.1-Trillion Funding Package

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Late Saturday night, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.1-trillion spending package to fund most of the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. The vote count on the so-called “cromnibus” was a bipartisan 56-40. On Thursday, President Barack Obama stated he would sign the bill despite the administration’s objections to certain riders and… Continue Reading

FDA Shuts Down Sprouts Processor for ‘Unsanitary Conditions’

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William H. Oshiro, owner of RZM Food Factory, Makawao, HI, has agreed to stop processing and distributing food until he demonstrates to FDA that RZM Food Factory’s facility and practices comply with federal food safety requirements. The agreement, known as a consent decree or permanent injunction, was signed by a federal judge and entered in the… Continue Reading

Twitter Chat Brings Together Holiday Food Safety Tips

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On Thursday, Dec. 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted its second annual Twitter chat using the tag #CDCfoodchat to give consumers tips on keeping holiday meals safe and healthy. Here are some of the top food safety tips for grocery shopping, preparing your kitchen, thawing meat, safe cooking temperatures, notes on raw… Continue Reading

Funding Package Inches Forward

Senate to debate bill after narrow House passage

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Unsure whether the congressional spending package referred to by many in Washington, D.C., as the “cromnibus” had enough votes to pass, House GOP leaders delayed a final vote Thursday afternoon, but, after 9 p.m., they managed to pass the bill 219-206. In order to keep the government from shutting down while the Senate debates the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act… Continue Reading

FDA Says BPA-Lined Containers Are Safe, But New Study Raises Concerns

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It might be easy to dismiss the latest study about spiking one’s blood pressure by drinking soy milk from cans lined with bisphenol A (more commonly known as BPA). After all, serious hypertension is more likely to occur from the sodium contained in whatever food or beverage is in the can. But the new Korean… Continue Reading