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FDA Releases Supplement to the 2013 Food Code


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued supplemental information to the 2013 Food Code on Thursday. The modifications expand the duties of the Person in Charge in a food establishment. They will now include overseeing routine monitoring of food temperatures during hot and cold holding, expand and clarify the type of information that should be… Continue Reading

Human Milk-Sharing Networks Reflect a Growing Movement

Nese Devenot and her son Ellis

There’s nothing new about the sharing of human breast milk. In earlier days, moms in tribal groups nursed babies other than their own when the baby’s mother died or wasn’t close by. Later, wet nurses — mothers who had enough milk to share — came onto the scene. Sometimes they lived with the family; other… Continue Reading

Natural Grocers Recalls Caribbean Fruit & Nut Mix With Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella Risk

Natural Grocers Caribbean Fruit & Nut Mix label

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a Lakewood, CO-based natural grocery chain, is recalling one lot of Natural Grocers brand Caribbean Fruit & Nut Mix since the product contains macadamia nuts that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. This recall was initiated after the company was notified of positive Salmonella findings in product… Continue Reading

Making Room for the Human Element in Food Safety Auditing



(This article by Roy Costa, a registered sanitarian and president of the consulting firm Environ Health Associates Inc., was originally posted here on June 18, 2015.) In today’s world of food safety requirements, food producers large and small and at all levels of the supply chain are subject to increasingly rigorous industry-driven food safety standards and audits…. Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Puerto Rico Egg Producer, U.S. Cattle and Dairy Farms

FDA Warning

An egg production facility in Puerto Rico was the target of a March 11, 2015, warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was only recently made public. The letter followed a FDA inspection this past Dec. 2-10, 2014, that found the facility was in serious violation of production, storage and transportation… Continue Reading

Changing In-Plant Behavior to be Alert to Dangers


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted some FAQs about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and under the question, “How does this Act change the way FDA regulates foods?” is this statement: “This new law puts prevention up front for FDA. For the first time, FDA will have a legislative mandate to… Continue Reading

House Appropriations Gives FSMA $41.5-Million Increase


The House Appropriations Committee has allocated a $41.5-million increase for the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety activities for fiscal year 2016, but it’s less than half of what President Obama’s budget requested. Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) said Thursday in his opening remarks before the subcommittee’s markup of the draft appropriations bill that the increase is “to help… Continue Reading

Protecting Consumers From Trans Fat



(This article by Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was originally posted here on June 15, 2015.) FDA is taking a step today to remove artificial trans fat from the food supply. This action will save many thousands of lives. PHOs, or… Continue Reading

Reid Calls for Full FSMA Funding on Senate Floor


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urged Congress to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in his remarks Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. “Unfortunately for many Americans, falling ill from contaminated food has become all too regular,” Reid said. He described the experiences of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush, both of whom became… Continue Reading