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EU agency looks at substances in food for newborns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approach for assessing substances found in food intended for infants younger than 16 has been updated to take into account for newborns’ unique diets. The change will further support European Union decision-making on the safety of food for this age group, the agency has announced. The guidance will apply from now… Continue Reading

Ireland gives fresh produce growers new food safety guidance

No, Ireland’s new guidance for growing fresh produce is not just for potato growers. The new guidance document and leaflet are available for free download at www.fsai.ie. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published the new guidance to help growers with the safe production of all fresh produce coming off Irish farms and more is involved than advice… Continue Reading

Senators Still Want Answers From Antibiotic Resistance Task Force

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

Produce Industry Groups Release Cantaloupe Safety Guidance

Produce industry groups announced on Wednesday the publication of national food safety guidelines for cantaloupes, a start-to-finish guide developed through industry collaboration to advise growers on the best current cantaloupe-growing practices to avoid contamination of microbial pathogens. Cantaloupes have made headlines in recent years for being the source of two major foodborne illness outbreaks: the… Continue Reading

FDA Puts Out First Egg Guidance Since 2009 Egg Safety Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new guidance Monday to help clarify its 2009 egg rule, which outlined steps egg producers must take in order to reduce Salmonella Enteritidis in shell eggs. FDA uses guidance documents to share its “current thinking” on how to best comply with its food safety regulations. This is the… Continue Reading

Senators Urge FDA to Collect More Data on Antibiotics in Agriculture

Thirteen senators from both sides of the aisle wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg this week asking the agency to collect more data on antibiotics used in food animal production. As FDA has noted before, the agency does not have detailed data about veterinary drug usage. Antibiotics sales are reported to… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Excluding Consumers a Bad Idea

Appalling seems to be the right word! This last week I was reading Joan Murphy’s article in Produce News Daily, “Dates set for industry meetings on new cantaloupe guidance document,” with some measure of hope until I got to the last line: The meetings are open to growers, buyers, auditors, academic experts, as well as… Continue Reading

FDA Publishes Final Guidance for New Egg Rule

The Food and Drug Administration has published the final guidance to help egg producers comply with the new FDA egg safety rule. The “Guidance for Industry: Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation” was initially published as draft for comment on August 12, 2010 — just days before the nationwide… Continue Reading