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Will FDA’s New Food Import Programs Make Food Safer?



First, the statistics. At the time that President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law in 2011, the United States imported about 15-20 percent of its domestic food supply, and as many as 70 percent of the food importers were small companies. Since FSMA was passed, the amount of food imported on… Continue Reading

FDA’s Taylor Visits China to Strengthen Food Safety Ties


Today, 15 percent of America’s food supply is imported from other countries, including 80 percent of seafood and 50 percent of fresh fruit. An increasing amount of that food is coming from China, a country with a food safety track record that leaves many American consumers uneasy. Part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act… Continue Reading

JIFSAN: FDA-University Partnership Helps Enhance the Safety of Imported Food


A significant portion of the food that Americans consume comes from overseas, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the ability to inspect all imports, so it’s not a bad idea to intervene with preventive measures before the food reaches our ports. “It’s much better and more efficient to control the problem… Continue Reading

As More Imported Foods Reach the Dinner Table, Holes Remain in the FDA Safety Net

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(This report by Rick Schmitt was first published June 26, 2014, by FairWarning, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit news organization focused on public health, safety and environmental issues, and related topics of government and business accountability.) In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a seafood company in… Continue Reading

Woods Hole Scientist: Fukushima Leak Not Affecting U.S. Seafood


Despite the recent admission from the Japanese government that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water since it was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, U.S. seafood has not been affected, according to Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Buesseler has published an FAQ section… Continue Reading

FDA Lifts Ban on Mexican Cucumbers Linked to 2013 Salmonella Outbreak


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will no longer detain cucumbers from the Mexican growers whose products were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella earlier this year. The agency removed the two cucumber suppliers from its import alerts list this week, meaning that their products can no longer be “detained without physical examination.” The cucumbers… Continue Reading

Case Count Rises to 147 in Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Pomegranate Seeds


Four more illnesses have been reported in the hepatitis A outbreak linked to pomegranate seeds sold in the western U.S., bringing the total case count up from 143 to 147, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The newly recorded cases occurred in California, which reported one new case, and New Mexico, which… Continue Reading

How Did a Hepatitis A Virus Get Into Organic Berries?

Stalled federal import safety rules result in more illness



The latest example of how even health-conscious eaters are not immune from foodborne illness outbreaks came last week with a recall of organic frozen berries contaminated with Hepatitis A. The products were sold under the brand name of Townsend Farms at two large chains: Costco stores in the West and Harris Teeter stores in the East…. Continue Reading

Looking Upstream: Seafood Traceability in a Global Economy


Early this year, the discovery that horsemeat was being substituted for beef in some European foods triggered widespread concern over food fraud in the EU. This substitution, deemed the “horsemeat scandal,” was eventually determined to be affecting around 5 percent of European beef products. But in the U.S., consumers have a different type of fraud… Continue Reading

Imported Cheese Recalled for Listeria Risk in Canada


This story was updated on March 2, 2013 to include expanded recall information. An Ontario-based specialty cheese company is recalling its gorgonzola cheese for possible Listeria contamination. Arla Foods Inc. of Concord, ON issued a voluntary recall of its Mauri brand gorgonzola Monday because the cheese has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes…. Continue Reading