Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

food labeling

USDA championed new policies in 2016 to reduce food waste

Opinion

Editor’s note: This essay is a 2017 runner up for the “Publisher’s Award” and was written as part of a food safety litigation class at the University of Arkansas Law School taught by Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of the Seattle law firm MarlerClark LLP. Food waste is sickening. The amount of safe and nutritious food… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Dairies and cheese factory cited

Wisconsin and Utah dairy operations and a cheese factory in Pennsylvania received warning letters recently made public by the Food and Drug Administration. LeRaysville Cheese Factory Inc. in LeRaysville, PA The Philadelphia district office of the FDA sent a warning letter Sept. 2 to owner Milton Repsher describing “significant” food safety violations at the repacking… Continue Reading

USDA suggests ‘Best if Used By’ labeling on meat, other foods

New labeling guidance from the USDA that is designed to decrease waste by resolving consumer confusion about “best by” and “sell by” dates on food may also boost in-home food safety practices by providing more specific information. Although infant formula is the only food product that must carry product dating under current federal law, many… Continue Reading

EU food safety commissioner says science must prevail

Opinion

Editor’s note: These are the prepared remarks delivered by Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 2014-2019, this past week. Many of the challenges and actions he describes mirror situations in the U.S. with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other initiatives regarding food additives and labeling. Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a… Continue Reading

Making sure ‘healthy’ means what it says on food packages

Contributed

With final rules on the Nutrition Facts label published, consumers soon will see an updated label on food packages that makes the calories and serving sizes of products easier to see and that gives them additional nutrition information, such as added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium. The marketplace is teeming with rows and rows of… Continue Reading

FDA warns California bakery about labeling issues

A bakery in San Carlos, CA, was informed through a warning letter sent May 6 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had found numerous labeling issues during an inspection performed from Jan. 13-27. Sweet Production Inc., which manufactures muffins, cakes and other bakery products, has not been labeling its Banana Walnut Muffin, Pumpkin Cream… Continue Reading

UPDATED: New labels, instructions for tenderized beef roll out today

UPDATE: Additional cooking instructions provided by FSIS after this story was posted. The 6.2 billion servings of mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks consumed annually by Americans might be a little safer because of labeling requirements that take effect today, just ahead of the summer grilling season. They’ve been coming for a long time. The federal… Continue Reading

Consumers want transparency, not just see-through packaging

Consumers are becoming increasingly wary of what they didn’t know about their food; more concerned that food processors might be intentionally hiding things from them. A story published by Forbes in fall 2015 pointed out the dangers of not being upfront. They asked processors that frightening question: “What did you know and when did you… Continue Reading

Public demands what feds suggest: Traceability via food labels

While the Food Safety Modernization Act doesn’t require transparency, it encourages it, but equally important for food manufacturers, consumers are increasingly demanding traceability. “Companies are under pressure from consumers, as trust is the lowest it’s ever been,” said John Keogh, president and principal advisor, Shantalla Inc., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. “Trust can be lost… Continue Reading

Complaints about poor food hygiene up 14 percent in Ireland

How often during the course of last year did the 5 million people of Ireland lodge complaints related to their food?  The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is out with a report on its Advice Line for 2015 that provides some answers. The FSA of Ireland took 2,739 complaints by consumers relating to food, food… Continue Reading