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Hawaii seeks to update food safety regs following outbreaks

In the wake of two foodborne illness outbreaks, Hawaii began a week of public hearings on revisions to its food code on Monday. Also on Monday, state officials cleared a seaweed grower-shipper whose products were linked to one of the outbreaks to resume operations. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) lifted its cease and desist… Continue Reading

New Zealand’s Parliament advances food safety reform bill

Three years after a major botulism scare involving whey protein concentrate used in infant formula and other food products, New Zealand’s parliament has unanimously passed the first reading of the Food Safety Law Reform Bill. New Zealand Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew said in a statement issued Wednesday that the legislation was important both for consumer health… Continue Reading

California’s marijuana edibles remain in food safety limbo

California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act has been in effect for a month now, but the state’s Department of Public Health hasn’t yet published or implemented food safety standards for so-called edibles. However, the Act didn’t give the department a deadline. It simply states “the state department of public health shall develop standards for… Continue Reading

China’s Congress Considers Tougher Food Safety Laws

Lawmakers were briefed Monday in Beijing by the head of the country’s food and drug administration about draft revisions to strengthen China’s food safety laws. Zhang Yong reportedly told lawmakers at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress that food safety is improving, but that recent problems show that “the… Continue Reading