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Is the GRAS Process Broken?


From spices to preservatives, U.S. food manufacturers have access to thousands of globally sourced substances to enhance the flavor, texture, and appeal of their products. But some question whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adequately regulates the safety of these abundant substances. Groups such as The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Natural Resources… Continue Reading

Pew Report: Where FSIS Can Improve Salmonella Regulation

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Since 2012, there have been two multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella tied to Foster Farms chicken – the second of which is still ongoing. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 523 people in 29 states and Puerto Rico have been sickened in total. And, because of the underdiagnosis of Salmonella,… Continue Reading

Report: Problems Posed by Animal Agriculture Have Worsened in Recent Years


In the past five years, policies by the Obama administration and Congress have worsened the problems that animal agriculture poses to public health, the environment and animal welfare, according to a new report by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. The new report, released Tuesday, serves as an update to a 2008 report… Continue Reading

Consumer and Public Health Groups: FDA Should Not Delay FSMA Implementation


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(The FDA’s important food safety work, like the rest of the agency’s mission and much of the federal government, is currently on hold due to the government shutdown.  But once the agency gets back to work – which we hope is very soon – we urge them to continue to implement the Food Safety Modernization… 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

Health Advocates Disappointed With Senate Version of ADUFA


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Monday released its version of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) without the provisions that would have beefed up the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s annual reporting of antibiotic sales for use in food animal production. The move disappointed health and agriculture reform advocates who… Continue Reading

Stakeholders Offer Broad Range of Feedback on FSMA in First Public Meeting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration heard a broad range of feedback from stakeholders on its draft food safety rules – on preventive controls and produce safety – in a public meeting held late last week in Washington, DC. While everyone from consumer advocates to produce growers offered a variety of input, asked lots of… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety: Consumer Organizations

This week, Food Safety News is acknowledging leaders who help keep our food supply safe.  Today we celebrate consumer organizations.  In the days ahead we’ll celebrate leaders in non-government organizations, the food industry and the news media. Of course, no list is ever complete so if you think we’ve forgotten someone, please leave us a… Continue Reading

Common Ground Exists in Drug Resistance Debate: Response to Pew Op-Ed



To some, the ongoing debate over the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food is like the sign post in the Wizard of Oz — pointing in opposite directions. But from reading “Antibiotics in Food Animal Production: Pew’s Response to Raymond Op-Ed,” Jan.11, there is violent agreement between PEW and the animal health industry…. Continue Reading

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production: Pew’s Response to Raymond Op-Ed



In his attempt to clarify the issue of antibiotic use in meat and poultry production (“Antibiotics and Animals Raised for Food: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics,” Jan. 7), Dr. Richard Raymond confuses matters. Most importantly, Dr. Raymond mischaracterizes the value of tetracyclines and the dangers of their overuse. The World Health Organization ranks their importance… Continue Reading