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Letter From the Editor: Time to Call Your Members of Congress



One of the surprises of my life is how much of my time has been spent on various regulatory systems. I fondly remember all my political science professors on such topics as constitutional law, state and local government, federalism, and even Marxism taught by the department commie (I told him to hold the Karl but… Continue Reading

Food Safety News Hands Santa Nice List Nominees for 2014


Merry Christmas! Whether today finds you celebrating the birth of Christ, the Winter Solstice, or about to observe Kwanzaa, the one thing everyone can agree on is that we need more nice people in this world. Food Safety News is pleased to present our sixth-annual nominations for Santa’s nice list. As we did during the… Continue Reading

FDA’s Associate Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine to Retire


On Monday, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Michael Taylor, informed agency staff that Linda Tollefson will be retiring from her position as Associate Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine on March 1. Tollefson started at FDA in 1984 as an epidemiologist with Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), eventually becoming… Continue Reading

Institute Releases Latest Buzz From Caffeine Workshop


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today released a 150-page summary of the two-day workshop held in August 2013 to examine the potential health impacts from consuming caffeine in dietary supplements and foods. Presenters included experts from across the country and even Canada. The document does not contain any recommendations or position statements from IOM, but… Continue Reading

The Annual Food Safety News Christmas Day ‘Nice List’

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Editor’s note: We continue with our Food Safety News holiday tradition by publishing our fifth annual Christmas Day “nice” list, calling out a few folks we think are worthy of some positive mention based on their contributions to food safety during the past year. This year, we separated the “naughty,” published yesterday, from today’s “nice.”… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Two Major Rules to Boost Oversight of Imported Foods


Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing two long-awaited rules aimed at improving the safety of imported foods, which now make up about 15 percent of the U.S. food supply. The measures, mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act, will require that importers verify their suppliers are employing prevention-based food safety practices and… Continue Reading

Free Range Chickens Brought Under Egg Safety Rule


The draft guidance for free range chickens coming out today might also have a calming effect on nervous fruit and vegetable growers, says Mike Taylor, who runs the food side of the business at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Laying hens on smaller farms that roam… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Mike Taylor and the Myth of Monsanto’s Man



I have known of Mike Taylor since shortly after September 29, 1994. As Food Safety News reported in “Looking Back: The Story Behind Banning E. Coli O157:H7,” Taylor took the podium that day in San Francisco at the American Meat Institute’s annual convention to make his first, and arguably most significant, speech as the top… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: New Years Resolutions



I wrote a few imaginary New Year’s resolutions for some of our newsmakers that we haven’t gotten around to publishing until now. As the great Willie Nelson would say: “Funny how time slips away.” Truth be told, some of my colleagues thought I was being too harsh on the government this year. I don’t think… Continue Reading

Santa Claus Wants To Know: Who’s Been Naughty & Nice?


Editor’s Note: It’s time to put out the milk and cookies for Santa Claus and read the Food Safety News Naughty and Nice List for 2012. This is the fourth N&N list we’ve prepared. Our annual Naughty and Nice List along with our New Year’s Resolutions are among the traditions we’ve continued to observe as… Continue Reading