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EU to set acrylamide benchmarks in 2018: Don’t burn the toast

The European Union and the United States are taking different approaches to a fairly recently discovered chemical that’s been in food as long as men and women have been cooking with fire. By 2018, Europe will likely be enforcing mandatory limits on acrylamide in food. In 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration came out with non-binding… Continue Reading

Three new GMO spuds earn permission from USDA

Two companies have green lights from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their non-browning potato varieties that have had their genes altered. Calyxt, a company based in New Brighton, MN, got the go ahead for its cultivar known as “PPO_KO” and the J.R. Simplot Co. of Boise, ID, has permission for its “X17” and “Y9”… Continue Reading

Potato Industry’s New Safety Guide Emphasizes Best Practices

Since the potato is rarely consumed raw, it is expected to be excluded from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s forthcoming produce rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act. In the meantime, spud growers, shippers and packers now have a guide to best practices to help keep their commodity in the low-risk food-safety category. The… Continue Reading

Allergen Alert: Dried Potato With Sulfites

Strong America Ltd. is recalling a dried potato product imported from China that may contain sulfites, which are not listed on the label. According to the notice, the recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence… Continue Reading

Senate Potato Bloc Finds Way Around USDA

The question of how many spuds will be served in school lunches has been thrown to the U.S. House of Representatives by potato state Senators Mark Udall, D-CO, and Susan Collins, R-ME. Udall and Collins managed to attach an amendment to an agriculture appropriations bill that prevents the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from setting… Continue Reading

UK Traces a Major Outbreak — To Its Roots

A rare, slow-motion outbreak of toxic E. coli sickened at least 250 people and killed one across the United Kingdom over a span of eight months this year before being traced to raw  leeks and potatoes, British health authorities announced Friday. The national Health Protection Agency (HPA) said it monitored the outbreak for six months… Continue Reading

Big Win for GM Crops in Europe

As spring comes to Germany, the Czech Republic, and Sweden, farmers will be planting Amflora, a genetically modified potato, on at least 620 acres. Produced by BASF SE of Germany, Amflora is the first genetically modified organism (GMO) to win approval from the European Union since 1998.  BASF SE is the world’s largest chemical company…. Continue Reading