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Senator Wants More Information on Apple-Linked Listeria Outbreak

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is pressing the Food and Drug Administration for more information regarding the Listeria outbreak connected to prepackaged caramel apples that sickened 32 people in 11 states and contributed to the deaths of at least three. Klobuchar wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to ask that the agency “expediently work to analyze… Continue Reading

Uneviscerated Red Thread Fish Recalled Due to Botulism Risk

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Arcadia Trading Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling all packages of Red Thread Fish because they are uneviscerated. The product comes in a 7-oz. heat-sealed plastic bag. The recalled Red Thread Fish product was distributed nationwide in supermarkets. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled…. Continue Reading

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Create Single Food Safety Agency

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced bills in Congress that would establish a single, independent federal food safety agency. Food safety oversight is currently split up among 15 agencies in the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Commerce. The Safe Food Act of 2015 introduced Wednesday in both… Continue Reading

White House Wants to Nearly Double Funding for Antibiotic Resistance Fight

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President Obama wants to nearly double — to more than $1.2 billion — federal funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance. The administration is expected to release its full 2016 budget proposal next week, but a fact sheet released Tuesday provided a blueprint for investments in fighting antibiotic resistance — an issue it referred to… Continue Reading

EFSA Risk Assessment on Bisphenol A Finds No Consumer Health Risks

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On the heels of the 2014 favorable safety assessment for bisphenol A (BPA), another major reevaluation has found that the epoxy resins used to line metal food cans pose no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. Sounding the all-clear signal for BPA this time is the influential European Food… Continue Reading

Choctaw Leader: FDA Should Formally Consult With Tribes or Exempt Them From FSMA

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Shannon McDaniel, executive director of tribal operations, has made a simple and straightforward request on behalf of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He wants all 565 federally recognized tribes exempted from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Or, to put it in his own words and more specifically, McDaniel wants the U.S. Food and Drug… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Pet Food Manufacturer and Dairy Operation

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The latest warning letters issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went to Nestle Purina PetCare in Allenton, PA, and Flood Brothers LLC in Clinton, ME. On Jan. 2, 2015, FDA’s office in Philadelphia sent a warning letter to Nestle Purina PetCare noting that an inspection of the company’s low-acid canned food manufacturing… Continue Reading

FDA Announces Food-Safety Education Grants for Small Farms, Processors

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On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a competitive grant program to fund food-safety training, education and technical assistance consistent with standards being established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has joined in the program targeted at small farm… Continue Reading

Senator Calls on FDA to Crack Down on ‘Disgusting’ Food Facilities

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the number of food facility inspections it performs and deal out greater fines to facilities found to have unsanitary conditions. He also called for an “easily accessible, real-time” source of information for restaurants and consumers who want to know… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Draft EIS on Produce Safety Rule

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On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed produce safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The statement considers the four areas in the proposed rule that could significantly affect the environment: the definition of covered farms, water quality standards, the use of raw… Continue Reading