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Two-year old Wyoming Food Freedom Act gets expanded

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The 2-year old Wyoming Food Freedom Act came in for a make-over this legislative session. Rep. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance, sponsored the major legislation to “extend and clarify” the Food Freedom law.  Gov. Matt Mead signed it into law.  Session ended March 3. The 2015 law has been changed “to allow for a producer’s production and… Continue Reading

Imported food sickens more Americans than ever

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Increasing demand in the U.S. for year-round access to all foods means more foreign food in grocery stores and that means more foodborne illness outbreaks from imported food. Writing for the March edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four researchers take a deep dive into outbreak trends involving… Continue Reading

Something fishy: FDA’s final advice on when to eat which fish

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The Food and Drug Administration issued its “final advice” on fish and shellfish this week, warning against eating some species and encouraging Americans to eat three servings a week of others. The federal agency gave particular attention to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in less than 24 hours the Center for Science in the Public… Continue Reading

More refusals were headed to produce aisles than fish counters

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A report that freely acknowledges that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “has neither the personnel nor the funding to physically inspect more than 1 percent of all shipments” looks at the results of FDA’s main border enforcement tool known as “import refusals.” FDA is responsible for the safety of food imported into the United… 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

New York City to Require Freezing Fish Before Serving It Raw

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Beginning in August, New York City will require that fish served raw in restaurants be frozen before serving, according to The New York Times. For purist diners of sushi and sashimi who may take offense at the idea of their fresh catch coming from a freezer, the new food safety law is meant to ensure… Continue Reading

DNA Sequencing Helps FDA Project Combat Seafood Fraud

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In the 1990s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used proteins to identify seafood, but the profiling method could only match to a standard sample. They had to have frozen tissues from all of the species they wanted to compare and the agency did have a collection to work with, but no matter how… Continue Reading

Study: Farmed Fish Could Be Another Source of Antibiotic Resistance

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The concern surrounding animal antibiotics focuses on meat and poultry production, but a new study suggests we should also be paying attention to fish. Researchers at Arizona State University investigated 47 antibiotics in U.S.-purchased shrimp, salmon, catfish, trout, tilapia and swai originating from 11 different countries. Their findings, published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials, identified… Continue Reading

Fish Recalled from Farmers Market in Georgia

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Harry’s Farmers Market in Marietta, GA, is recalling Wild Gulf Amberjack products due to five reported customer illnesses. The Wild Gulf Amberjack fillet, Wild Gulf Amberjack portion and Wild Whole Amberjack was sold through March 15, 2014, in the fresh seafood case only at the Harry’s Farmers Market. The cause of the illness is unknown at this time,… Continue Reading

Texas Issues Fish Consumption Warning for Neches River Basin

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Texans have received a warning from the state department of health about six species of fish caught in portions of the Neches River Basin due to fish testing for heightened levels of mercury and dioxins. The area of concern is a portion of the Neches River Basin that includes Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen… Continue Reading