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Top food safety job and others remain to be filled at USDA

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With the somewhat tardy appointment of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture combined with Senate Democrats taking their time with the confirmation process, there’s going to be a backup of some other important appointments at USDA and across the federal government. And the backup is occurring even though one man came close to… Continue Reading

Rear Admiral with a lot of experience now acting CDC director

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At noon Friday, when President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office, Dr. Tom Frieden ceased being director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He left CDC on a day when the agency was dealing with the first known outbreak in the U.S. of Seoul Virus, a form of hantavirus, linked to… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Florida juice plant, Hawaii sandwich maker

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Following inspections, the Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters that were recently made public to a Florida juice producer and a Hawaii company that produces tuna sandwiches. Companies have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters in writing. FDA has not yet issued a closeout letter for either of the companies listed below…. Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Sprout, sprout, let it all out — comment now

Opinion

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Fresh, raw sprouts are among the most notorious of offenders in terms of foodborne illness outbreaks with almost 2,500 confirmed victims, including three deaths, in the past 20 years in the U.S. alone. Add in the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Europe — which sickened more than 3,900 people, killing 53 and leaving about 800… Continue Reading

Something fishy: FDA’s final advice on when to eat which fish

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The Food and Drug Administration issued its “final advice” on fish and shellfish this week, warning against eating some species and encouraging Americans to eat three servings a week of others. The federal agency gave particular attention to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in less than 24 hours the Center for Science in the Public… Continue Reading

Alaska legislature considers bill to legalize some raw milk sales

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The Alaska Legislature was called into session Tuesday in the capital city of Juneau. Its location in the temperature-transition zone usually makes Juneau a warmer place to hang out than the rest of the 49th State during winter. Opening signs are the Alaska Legislature is also going to be a warm place for raw milk… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Huge Change For FDA

Opinion

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Something huge is going to be happening soon at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There’s lot’s of chatter about it. From a “Coming Political Hurricane” to a “Libertarian Take-over,” it is all anticipation about the transition of government. Most of it seems to be directed at drug approvals and medical devices, not food…. Continue Reading

Six grocery chains across 12 states recall snacks for Salmonella

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Chocolate covered pretzels and other snacks with long shelf lives are being recalled from hundreds of stores by at least six grocery chains across a dozen states because of possible Salmonella contamination, The snacks — some in party trays themed for the football playoff season — were produced by Palmer Candy Co. using an ingredient… Continue Reading

Tupperware recalls seasoning; Salmonella risk from milk plant

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People who bought Tupperware brand chipotle seasoning mix after Aug. 2, 2016, are urged not to use it because of potential Salmonella contamination from a powdered milk ingredient. Tupperware U.S. Inc. of Orlando, FL, posted the recall with the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, joining almost 20 other companies that have recalled foods because of… Continue Reading

Twinkies recalled because of powdered milk Salmonella issue

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This week a seasonal version of the iconic American snack cake — Hostess Twinkies — joined dozens of other foods as a victim of a secondary recall because of Salmonella contamination at a powdered milk plant. Hostess Brands LLC of Kansas City, MO, initiated a nationwide recall of its “Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies” late Monday… Continue Reading