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Details Sought About Subway’s Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken


Last week, officials at Subway said that the fast-food chain plans to switch to chicken raised without antibiotics by next year, but antibiotic preservationists are frustrated by the lack of details from the company. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Keep Antibiotics Working, U.S. PIRG, Center for Food Safety, Food Animals Concern Trust, Consumers Union and other… Continue Reading

Petition Asks FDA to Ban 8 Synthetic Flavorings Now Considered GRAS


A 38-page petition was filed Wednesday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for a total ban on eight synthetic flavorings that may currently be used in minute amounts in baked goods, candy and ice cream. Petition sponsors say the substances have been known to cause cancer in lab animals and should be subject… Continue Reading

Coalition of Consumer Groups Suggests Ways to Fix GRAS


Last year, the Food and Drug Administration agreed to finalized its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). Now, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups has submitted an 80-page regulatory comment to the agency requesting that FDA make changes to the rule before it becomes final. FDA’s 1997 proposed… Continue Reading

McDonald’s Plans to Phase Out Chicken Fed Medically Important Antibiotics


Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced Wednesday that, within two years, all of the chicken served at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will come from farms which raised the birds without medically important antibiotics. The move could help limit the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture which contributes to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bugs that sicken humans. “Our customers want… Continue Reading

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics


Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December 2013, and conversations sparked by the 16-month outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms-brand chicken that… Continue Reading

Settlement Reached in GRAS Lawsuit Against FDA


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to finalize its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). The decision is part of a settlement agreement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS), which sued the agency last February, seeking to vacate FDA’s 1997 proposed rule on GRAS. The… Continue Reading

FDA Asked to Ban Certain Chemicals Used in Pizza Boxes, Other Packaging


Nine consumer and environmental health groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration this week seeking a ban on the use of certain chemicals in food packaging. The petitions target perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, and a family of chemicals known as long-chain… Continue Reading

EPA Sued to Ban Neurotoxic Insecticide Use on Crops


Last week, the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking the court to ban chlorpyrifos, an insecticide that can interfere with the brain development of fetuses, infants and children. Chlorpyrifos can cause nausea, dizziness and confusion, and, at very high exposures, respiratory paralysis and… Continue Reading

NRDC Releases FSIS Inspection Reports on Foster Farms

Group calls many of the reports 'incredibly unsavory'

Image: Salmonella tainted chicken outbreak

At first blush, it might seem like overkill to go back five years collecting noncompliance reports (NRs) from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for all Foster Farms facilities. That’s exactly what the New York City-based National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did Thursday in dumping 300 pages of NRs on Foster Farms in the public square…. Continue Reading

Report Identifies Chemicals ‘Quietly Added’ to Food Under GRAS


The “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, determination for food additives has been getting a lot of attention lately for being a regulatory loophole. The main issue is that GRAS allows companies to decide whether a substance meets the definition of GRAS without mandating a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before being… Continue Reading