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Trick-or-Treat Food Safety Tips for Halloween

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Here are some simple steps, courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to help children and parents have a fun – and safe – Halloween: Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody… Continue Reading

Five Questions About FDA’s Food Safety Challenge

Opinion

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(This blog post, published here on Oct. 21, 2014, is the first in a series of five-question interviews the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is doing with stakeholders in government innovation, food/food safety, and other areas that relate to the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge.) Today’s “Five Questions” features Palmer Orlandi, Ph.D., senior science advisor, U.S…. Continue Reading

Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze

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(This article by Douglas Karas was first published in the October/November 2014 issue of Food Safety Magazine and is reposted here with permission.) In the spring of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to hear from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health partners about cases… Continue Reading

Dietary Supplements Contained Banned Drugs After FDA Recalls

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A new study finds that a high percentage of dietary supplements still contained banned drugs at least six months after being recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Approximately half of all FDA class-I drug recalls since 2004 have involved dietary supplements adulterated with banned pharmaceutical ingredients. Previous studies have found that dietary… Continue Reading

Settlement Reached in GRAS Lawsuit Against FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to finalize its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). The decision is part of a settlement agreement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS), which sued the agency last February, seeking to vacate FDA’s 1997 proposed rule on GRAS. The… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Drug Residues, Seafood Processing, Coconut Butter

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In recently posted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters, three producers were cited for holding animals “under conditions that are so inadequate that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply.” Papas Dairy of North Bangor, NY, was cited for illegal drug residue in a calf sold… Continue Reading

FDA Seeks to Mesh Public and Private Food Safety Accountability

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(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Oct. 19, 2014, and is reposted here with his permission.) ANAHEIM, CA—The last word on food safety regulations for the produce industry won’t be written next year, even though the Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) has committed to publish final versions of the… Continue Reading

FDA Asked to Ban Certain Chemicals Used in Pizza Boxes, Other Packaging

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Nine consumer and environmental health groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration this week seeking a ban on the use of certain chemicals in food packaging. The petitions target perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, and a family of chemicals known as long-chain… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Massachusetts Seafood-Processing Facility

FDA Warning

A seafood-processing facility in Gloucester, MA, found with “significant violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation was warned Sept. 26 about corrections that it must make to avoid further action by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the FDA warning letter, Intershell International Corp. was told that its pasteurized… Continue Reading

Part 2: History of Food Safety in the U.S.

Opinion

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(This article by Michelle Jarvie of Michigan State University Extension was originally posted here on Oct. 2, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 1 is here. Part 3 in her series will be appear later this month.) Welcome to the second installment of the history of food safety in the U.S. This time we’ll take a look… Continue Reading