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Birds, pigs, water, air — How did the bacteria find the romaine?

Investigators continue their tedious search for the source of the E. coli that apparently contaminated romaine lettuce, causing this spring’s deadly outbreak. But it’s becoming increasingly unlikely they will find a smoking gun. The human toll so far, including one person in California who died, is 132 confirmed cases, 72 hospitalizations, and 20 people with… Continue Reading

Big meat says people have a right to know if meat isn’t meat

If you’ve ever gotten in trouble for coming home with almond milk instead of cow milk, and if you favor labeling food containing GMOs because of your right to know, you are going to love Missouri House Bill 2607. It would set labeling rules to prevent anyone from slipping lab-created material or plant substances into… Continue Reading

Rhode Island lawmakers plan vote on raw milk before last gavel

Ahead of its plans at week’s end to adjourn sine de di, the Rhode Island General Assembly will vote, as early as today, on Senate Bill No. 247, which would establish rules and regulations for raw milk sales. It is one of a handful of bills that the General Assembly said it would vote on… Continue Reading

Pork sausage recalled; MSG not listed as ingredient on label

Minnesota’s Rochester Meat Co. has recalled more than 6 tons pounds of pork sausage products because of misbranding, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The pork sausage contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), but the ingredient is not declared on the product labels. The raw, pork sausage products were produced on various dates… Continue Reading

New compliance date for meat, poultry labeling is 01/01/2020

Any new meat and poultry product labeling regulations that are issued next year by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will have a uniform compliance date of Jan. 1, 2020. FSIS has periodically set a uniform compliance date at some point in the future for its food labeling requirements. Previously on Dec. 14, 2004,… Continue Reading

Making sure ‘healthy’ means what it says on food packages

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With final rules on the Nutrition Facts label published, consumers soon will see an updated label on food packages that makes the calories and serving sizes of products easier to see and that gives them additional nutrition information, such as added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium. The marketplace is teeming with rows and rows of… Continue Reading

UPDATED: New labels, instructions for tenderized beef roll out today

UPDATE: Additional cooking instructions provided by FSIS after this story was posted. The 6.2 billion servings of mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks consumed annually by Americans might be a little safer because of labeling requirements that take effect today, just ahead of the summer grilling season. They’ve been coming for a long time. The federal… Continue Reading

White House Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Plan

The White House has released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for fall 2015, which provides an overview of the Obama administration’s regulatory plans for the coming year. Two final rules expected to be released next month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)… Continue Reading