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U.S. Makes Top 10 List of Worst Food Safety Violators

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According to the global food source monitoring company Food Sentry, the U.S. was one of the top 10 countries with the most food safety violations in 2013. In 2013, Food Sentry added more than 3,400 verified instances of food safety violations associated with products exported from 117 different countries. The incident data were gathered from… Continue Reading

Do Russians Know More Than Americans When it Comes to Food Safety?

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Rapid-fire question: You have a raw, whole chicken or turkey. Do you wash it in the sink before cooking it, or do you stick it straight in the oven unwashed? If you chose to wash it first — the wrong answer — you’re more likely to be an American than a Russian. And you’re even… Continue Reading

India’s Supreme Court Declares Constitutional Right to Unadulterated Food

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Last week, India’s Supreme Court ruled that the right to life guaranteed under the country’s constitution also includes the right to safe food. “Enjoyment of life and its attainment, including right to life and human dignity encompasses, within its ambit availability of articles of food, without insecticides or pesticides residues, veterinary drugs residues, antibiotic residues,… Continue Reading

Insecticide Blamed for Deaths of 21 Children in India

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The last meal of rice, beans and potato curry for 21 primary school children in India’s northeastern state of Bihar was likely contaminated with an insecticide, according to government officials trying to explain their deaths. In addition to the 21 children who died, another two dozen children were admitted to hospitals in the Patna area,… Continue Reading

India to Implement Standards for Street Food

For the first time, street food vendors in India will soon be required to meet a set of sanitation regulations, announced the government Tuesday. Street food is a popular option in India because it’s convenient and cheaper than offerings at hotels and restaurants.  But at the majority of stands it’s also unsafe. One study found that,… Continue Reading

More Frozen Tuna from India Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

The company in India that supplied the yellowfin tuna implicated in the multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to sushi is recalling 22-lb. cases of frozen tuna strips because they, too, may be contaminated with Salmonella. In a news release Wednesday, Moon Fishery (India) Pvt. Ltd. said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration isolated Salmonella… Continue Reading

Two Food Poisoning Incidents in India Sicken Hundreds

Two food poisoning incidents in separate areas of India are getting attention for the large numbers of people sickened.  The exact source of the illnesses remain unknown. Local residents in Jewar say as many as 300 suffered from food poisoning after eating at a ‘shraddh’ ceremony at the nearby Chiroli village on Monday. District officials… Continue Reading

US Moves to Challenge India’s Poultry Ban at WTO

The United States took the first step Tuesday toward formally challenging India’s longtime ban on U.S. poultry products before the World Trade Organization. “Over the last few years, the United States has repeatedly asked India to justify its claim that a ban on poultry products from the United States is necessary,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom… Continue Reading

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.

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A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.  A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and… Continue Reading