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Chicago Judge Signs Injunction Against Wholesome Soy Products

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Thursday’s scheduled hearing before U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel over the future of a Chicago soy products manufacturer was canceled because the judge had already signed the consent decree preventing Paul and Julia Trinh from getting back into the food business unless they comply with a long list of conditions. The federal judge for the Northern District… Continue Reading

FDA Kicks Off the ‘Year of the Food Safety Modernization Act’

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In front of hundreds of food industry and trade association representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented its unified plan to roll out and implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed by President Obama in January 2011, FSMA will bring about the most sweeping changes to the U.S. food… Continue Reading

Contaminated Fresh Spinach Outruns Confusing Recall Notices

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Contaminated fresh produce often makes its way into consumers faster than the product can be effectively recalled. An example of how this happens occurred earlier this month with fresh spinach produced by the Salinas, CA-based Taylor Farms — the winner for the past two years of the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Institute’s “Primary Producer” award… Continue Reading

Top Food Safety Officials Weigh in on Key Issues

Q&A session at National Food Policy Conference

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At the risk of sounding naive, Michael Taylor said Tuesday that he’s still feeling “great” about the progress made on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Taylor knew he was in front of a tough audience since he said it during a question-and-answer session with a… Continue Reading

EPA May Recommend Testing Food Products for Common Herbicide

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According to a media report on Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering recommending that the federal government sample food products for glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide in the world and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. “Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future,” the… Continue Reading

FDA Exercised FSMA Recall Authority for OxyElite Pro Dietary Supplements

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In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exercised its recall authority granted by the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) for the second time. FDA published its second annual report to Congress this past week on the use of mandatory recall authority, stating that it had issued a Notification of Opportunity… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Snack Bars, Bakery, Seafood Processor and Two Dairies

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The latest round of warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went to a well-known manufacturer of snack bars, plus a Detroit bakery, a California seafood processor and two dairies. On March 17, 2015, FDA sent a warning letter to Kind LLC of New York, NY, notifying the company that four of its snack bar… Continue Reading

Coalition of Consumer Groups Suggests Ways to Fix GRAS

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Last year, the Food and Drug Administration agreed to finalized its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). Now, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups has submitted an 80-page regulatory comment to the agency requesting that FDA make changes to the rule before it becomes final. FDA’s 1997 proposed… Continue Reading

Investigation of GRAS Highlights Allergy to Peanut-Related Lupin

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The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) published a lengthy investigative report on Tuesday summarizing the safety concerns associated with GRAS (generally recognized as safe) food additives, the controversies surrounding how they’re determined, and barriers to regulating them. The report’s key illustration of the concerns about GRAS was a peanut-related legume called lupin — sometimes spelled “lupine” —… Continue Reading

FDA Finds ‘Encouraging’ News in Antimicrobial Resistance in Retail Meat

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According to a federal report released Monday, there’s some “encouraging” news regarding antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System’s (NARMS) published its 2012 Retail Meat Report and an interim report for 2013 solely focused on Salmonella. The reports stated that there was a decrease in third-generation cephalosporin resistance among poultry meats in… Continue Reading