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Coming USDA Catfish Inspections Raise Question: Could Shrimp Be Next?

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If food safety put catfish under USDA inspection, can shrimp be far behind? That question is coming into focus this week after one of USDA’s top two food safety officials told a gathering of food policy wonks on Tuesday that the final rule for the agency’s takeover of catfish inspections is coming “a little into… Continue Reading

A Look Back at Food Safety During Obama’s First Six Years

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Since the Obama administration took over the executive branch more than six years ago, foodborne illnesses from meat, poultry and eggs — products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — has been falling. In fact, just from fiscal year 2013 to 2014, illnesses from meat and poultry has fallen by 10 percent, according to… Continue Reading

Top Food Safety Officials Weigh in on Key Issues

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At the risk of sounding naive, Michael Taylor said Tuesday that he’s still feeling “great” about the progress made on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Taylor knew he was in front of a tough audience since he said it during a question-and-answer session with a… Continue Reading

Research Funded to Help Control Contamination of Low-Moisture Foods

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A University of Maine researcher has received a $4.9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop ways of using non-thermal technologies to control microbial contamination of low-moisture foods. Dr. Vivian Wu, a professor of food science, will be lead researcher on a five-year project to explore… Continue Reading

Cargill Recalls Ground Beef Patties for Potential Foreign Matter

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Cargill Meat Solutions of Wyalusing, PA, is recalling approximately 8,294 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with blue string, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. The ground beef patties were produced on April 6, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: 5.3-lb. trays containing sixteen… Continue Reading

European Union Expands COOL Requirements Beyond Beef

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Almost a decade after the first country-of-origin labeling (COOL) of beef was required in Europe, no packaged unprocessed meat product may now be legally sold in any European Union member country without a label stating where the animal was reared and slaughtered. Europe’s new law, effective April 1, covers fresh, chilled and frozen meat from sheep, goats,… Continue Reading

WHO Uses World Health Day to Shine Light on Food Safety

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Food safety is so important to everyone around the world that the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicated this year’s World Health Day — celebrated each year on April 7 — to spreading awareness of it. As readers of Food Safety News know, food contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can lead to long-lasting… Continue Reading

USDA Awards Food Safety Research Grants

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of its latest round of food safety research grants. The nearly $19 million awarded to 36 institutions through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, will help in understanding antimicrobial… Continue Reading

Critics Call White House Antibiotics Action Plan a ‘Missed Opportunity’ on Farms

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The White House released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Friday, but some critics say it doesn’t do enough to tackle antibiotic use on farms. “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today. It causes tens of thousands of deaths and millions of illnesses every year —… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Guides Shoppers Through Produce Pesticide Residues

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Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases guides to help shoppers pick fruits and vegetables with the fewest pesticide residues. Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center has now released similar guidelines. According to the organization’s survey conducted in November 2014, pesticide exposure in food is a concern for 85 percent of Americans. For its… Continue Reading