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LGMA Training Video Features Foodborne Illness Victims

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A new food safety video for California farm workers features the stories of foodborne illness victims. Together, STOP Foodborne Illness and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) produced a video that will be used during training for workers who produce leafy greens in California. It features the stories of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush –… Continue Reading

The Search for Alternatives to Antibiotics

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Ask any doctor or veterinarian to rate the important medical discoveries of the past century, and antibiotics would surely be at or near the top of the list. In this century, too, antibiotics are expected to remain an essential tool for treating animal and human diseases. But the “miracle of antibiotics” is being threatened. There… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Seafood, Eggs, Canned Food and Ice Cream Production

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to five food facilities last week. Valley Foods of Youngstown, OH, received a warning letter because it did not have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for tuna salad to control the food safety hazards of scombrotoxin (histamine) formation and allergens. The company… Continue Reading

Gillibrand Supports Increased FSMA Funding

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) expressed her support Thursday for additional funding for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Gillibrand asked that they allocate an additional $50 million for fiscal year 2015 for FSMA. The request was in support of a letter released Monday by the Pew… Continue Reading

Revised FSMA Provisions Need More Tweaks

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The public is generally pleased with the revised provisions of four rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but the public comments at the Food and Drug Administration’s public meeting Thursday suggest that the agency may have more tweaking to do. Certain aspects of the rules for produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive… Continue Reading

Senators Want FDA to Collect More Animal Antibiotics Data

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to step up animal antibiotic tracking. Specifically, they want the agency to propose a rule to improve collection of data on antibiotic use and resistance. “We applaud your agency’s recent step to issue… Continue Reading

New Director for CFSAN in 2015

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Dr. Susan Mayne will take over as director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) when Michael Landa steps down from the position in January. Mayne is currently the C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Epidemiology and Chair at Yale School of Public Health’s Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, as… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Victims Request Additional FSMA Funding

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Victims of foodborne illness and their families are urging Congress to appropriate additional funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Several Congress members and plenty of food safety advocates have written to the leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees this year asking that they increase FSMA funding in the next… Continue Reading

GAO Finds Fault With Government Tests for Pesticide Residues

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Government agencies in charge of monitoring food for pesticide residues must step up their testing programs, said the Government Accountability Office in a new report. While data collected by these agencies has shown low levels of pesticide residue violations in the past few years, shortcomings in sampling methods mean some residue violations may be going… Continue Reading

CSPI Wants to See FDA’s Findings on Drugs in Milk

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest is anxious to see the results of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on whether illegal drugs were found in the country’s raw milk supply. The organization has now filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for data from the Center for Veterinary Medicines’ Raw Milk… Continue Reading