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Our Food Safety System Needs a Fully Funded FSMA

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Lung cancer and a brain tumor didn’t kill my mother — Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter did. My friends and family mourned her passing, but we resolved to try to fix the system that ultimately allowed irresponsible food manufacturers to ship tainted peanut products nationwide, sickening more than 700 people and killing nine. In February 2009, I testified… Continue Reading

FDA Warns Powdered Caffeine Distributors About Safety Risks

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to help prevent more deaths from the use of pure powdered caffeine. Last week, the agency issued warning letters to five distributors of powdered caffeine, stating that their products are adulterated “because they are dietary supplements that present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness… Continue Reading

Frozen Corn Distributed Under Four Different Labels Recalled for Listeria Risk

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Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, NY, is recalling 9,335 cases of frozen corn because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen cut corn was distributed to stores in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. The… Continue Reading

FSMA: No Safety, No Modernization

Opinion

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In the midst of food prices that are already on the rise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will vastly increase costs, but it’s not likely to change food safety nor will it modernize our approach to food safety. In a new research paper, I examine four of the biggest… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Facility Problems, Unsafe Ingredients, Drug Residues

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The latest batch of warning letters posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) included one addressed to Frito-Lay Inc. of Plano, TX, concerning the “poor state of repair” of the company’s snack food manufacturing facility in Pulaski, TN. The letter stated that an investigator from FDA who inspected the facility on May 26 and 27,… Continue Reading

Coriander Powder Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Chetak New York LLC of Edison, NJ, is recalling “Deep Coriander Powder” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Lot# LE15152 “Deep Coriander Powder” jars were distributed nationwide in retail store from July 30, 2015, to August 13, 2015. The product comes in a 14.1-oz. clear plastic jar marked with… Continue Reading

Comments in on FDA’s Plan to Collect Species-Specific Antibiotics Sales Data

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Public health advocates concerned about how antibiotics used on farms impact increasing resistance, have long expressed the need for more on-the-ground data – particularly use by species. In May, the Food and Drug Administration proposed adding estimates of drug sales by animal species — cattle, swine, chickens or turkeys — to the summary of the information… Continue Reading

Food Fraud a Bigger Problem Than Many Realize, Experts Say

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Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg. “Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud… Continue Reading

Senators Still Want Answers From Antibiotic Resistance Task Force

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Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are still waiting for answers to animal antibiotics questions posed eight months ago. The senators originally wrote to the co-chairs of the Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in December 2014 wanting to know about how the task force plans to address issues in enforcement,… Continue Reading

Four Months After Recall, Blue Bell Ice Cream is Returning to ‘Select Markets’ in Two Weeks

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Four months after a total product recall, Blue Bell Creameries plans to begin distributing its ice cream to select markets (mainly in southern states) two weeks from today. A company statement posted Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, indicates that Blue Bell officials have notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state health officials in Alabama and Texas… Continue Reading