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One out of five samples of food for babies test positive for lead

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Editor’s note: This column by Tim Neltner was originally published June 15 by the Environmental Defense Fund. By now, it is well known that lead exposure is a significant human health concern, especially for young children. While most of the discussion about lead exposure has involved paint, drinking water, and contaminated soil or dust where… Continue Reading

Nine days in March shows FDA is busy with warning letters

Food and Drug Administration warning letters sent out from March 15 to 24, 2017 show the agency continues to target a multitude of practices that it finds  not in compliance. On March 15, FDA sent a warning letter to Country Favor Inc. in Maspeth, NY over the seafood importer’s “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard… Continue Reading

Juicing is healthy, but easily contaminated by pathogens

So many fruits. So many veggies. So little time. That’s the dilemma that people who want to eat as healthy as possible face. After all, who really has the time to eat the recommended 5 to 9 servings of fruits or vegetables — 2 1/2 cups of veggies and two cups of fruit — each… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Florida juice plant, Hawaii sandwich maker

Following inspections, the Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters that were recently made public to a Florida juice producer and a Hawaii company that produces tuna sandwiches. Companies have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters in writing. FDA has not yet issued a closeout letter for either of the companies listed below…. Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Unauthorized Health Claims, Unsafe Food Additives, Seafood Hazards

The latest round of warning letters to food companies from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went out to major food manufacturer Post Foods, two seafood companies, a juice processor, and a beverage company allegedly found to be using an unsafe food additive. FDA found that Post Foods LLC of Parsippany, NJ, has mislabeled its Post Great Grains… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters Sent to Vet, Juice Maker, Seafood Processor, Importer

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to a veterinarian, a juice producer, and two seafood facilities – one processor and an importer. FDA wrote to Dr. Rebecca W. Allen, DVM, of Vergennes, VT, about extralabel use of approved veterinary or human drugs in animals that didn’t comply with the Federal… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Dairies, Beef Producers, Juice Makers, Seafood Processors

A relatively large number of food producers received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since Food Safety News‘ last update. On the list are six dairies and a number of beef producers, juice makers and seafood processors. Most of the dairies were cited for illegal drug residues. Hillcrest Dairy in PA sold a cow… Continue Reading

Outbreak of Rare Strain of Hepatitis A Spreads to Hawaii

Another Western state was touched by the outbreak of a rare strain of hepatitis A, adding two more individuals to the list of those sickened nationwide.  Hawaii is the sixth state to be added to the growing outbreak. State health officials in Hawaii say two adults, one from the island of Oahu and the other… Continue Reading