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U.S., Mexico Enter Formal Produce Safety Partnership

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) and Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) signed a statement of intent last week forming a partnership to promote the safety of fresh and minimally processed agricultural products. Each country’s agencies will work together… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Three Dairies, Two Seafood Processors

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published five warning letters it issued to dairies and seafood processors. Dueppengeisser Dairy Company of Perry, NY, and Todd & Patty Meech Dairy Farm of Sebeka, MN, received warning letters after selling a calf and a cow for slaughter that were considered adulterated because of unacceptable levels of… Continue Reading

As More Imported Foods Reach the Dinner Table, Holes Remain in the FDA Safety Net

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(This report by Rick Schmitt was first published June 26, 2014, by FairWarning, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit news organization focused on public health, safety and environmental issues, and related topics of government and business accountability.) In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a seafood company in… Continue Reading

Ruling on FDA’s Oversight of Animal Antibiotic Use Called a ‘Big Blow to Public Health’

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In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not required to hold hearings concerning the safety of feeding antibiotics at subtherapeutic levels. The ruling overturns two district court rulings from 2012 in a case initially filed in 2011 by the Natural… Continue Reading

Texas Firm Recalls Sandwiches and Wraps for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Great American Marketing of Houston, TX, is recalling approximately 475 pounds of FSIS- and FDA-regulated ready-to-eat products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. The sandwich and wrap products were produced on July 15, 2014, and then shipped to retail locations in… Continue Reading

Process and Substance in Third-Party Food Safety Audits

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As the result of numerous national and international outbreaks of foodborne illness, food industries worldwide have come under increasing pressure to ensure that their products are safe, wholesome and meet government standards. FDA and USDA have the primary authority for our food supply nationally, while individual states typically regulate local food operations through state and… Continue Reading

Aussie Listeria Tests Led to Recall of Likely Already Consumed California Fruit

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Back in the day, before the fresh fruit and produce industry managed to kill it, the Microbiological Data Program (MDP) came under fire from growers for not providing timely results, sometimes resulting in recalls of fruit that consumers had already eaten. That was 18 months ago and MDP — the joint venture of about 10… Continue Reading

FDA Warns Five Dairies, Egg Producer and Seafood Ready-to-Eat Manufacturer

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sent warning letters to five dairy farms for selling for slaughter animals with residues of illegal drugs in their systems. Illegal penicillin levels were found in the kidney tissues of animals sold by both Conklin Dairy Sales at Plain City, OH, and Crossbrook Farm in Middleburgh, NY. An animal… Continue Reading

FDA Warns Consumers About the Dangers of Pure Caffeine Products

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public to avoid pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers after an 18-year-old high school senior in Ohio died after ingesting toxic amounts of caffeine powder. Products such as the bulk bags available over the Internet are essentially 100-percent caffeine, and a single teaspoon is roughly equivalent to… Continue Reading

Three Members of Congress Seek Ban on BPA in Food Packaging

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Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) are calling for a ban on Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics and commonly found in food packaging. “The dangers of BPA have been well demonstrated,” the three wrote in an opinion piece for Roll Call. “Exposure, even… Continue Reading