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USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $6 million available for research into antimicrobial resistance and has set an Aug. 3 deadline for grant proposals. The funding comes from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (AFRI). “Through our Antimicrobial Resistance… Continue Reading

Foster Farms recalls chicken nuggets because of plastic, rubber

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Foster Poultry Farms of Farmerville, LA, is recalling approximately 220,450 pounds of fully cooked frozen chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with extraneous blue plastic and black rubber materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The fully cooked frozen chicken breast nuggets were produced on Feb. 22 and… Continue Reading

Wraps, salads recalled for lack of federal inspection

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Greencore USA Inc., of North Kingstown, RI, is recalling more than  1,300 pounds of meat wraps, poultry wraps and salads that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside of inspection hours, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The meat and poultry wraps and salad items were… Continue Reading

Pilgrim’s Pride recalls 4.5 million pounds of chicken products

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products after consumer complaints and federal confirmation that they contain extraneous material including metal and plastic. The nationwide recall includes more than 20 products and three brands: Gold Kist Farms, Pierce Chicken and Sweet Georgia Brand. As of Tuesday it was… Continue Reading

Buffalo butcher recalls frozen Lorigo brand ground beef patties

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A butcher shop in Buffalo, NY, has recalled Lorigo brand frozen ground beef patties because of positive test results for E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Meating Place shipped 325 pounds of the frozen hamburger patties to retailers and institutional food service operations in the Buffalo area, according to the recall notice on the USDA’s Food… Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day, stop wasting food with FoodKeeper

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Conservation and waste reduction have been associated with April 22 since the first Earth Day in 1970, with many marking the annual celebration of the third rock by planting trees. For Earth Day 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is putting a food safety spin on traditional themes, planting ideas with consumers who seek fewer… Continue Reading

More local food, more food safety risk, more federal grants

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With industry reporting that sales of “local foods” more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, concerns about public safety also increased, spurring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer almost $5 million in new food safety grants. The money is to help smaller operations comply with new food safety guidelines established by the Food and… Continue Reading

CFP’s sidebars drive food safety in ‘No Action’ atmosphere

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID —… Continue Reading

More refusals were headed to produce aisles than fish counters

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A report that freely acknowledges that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “has neither the personnel nor the funding to physically inspect more than 1 percent of all shipments” looks at the results of FDA’s main border enforcement tool known as “import refusals.” FDA is responsible for the safety of food imported into the United… Continue Reading

Feds say you’ll be fine as long as you rinse those strawberries

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Momma probably already told you to wash the strawberries. But did she say why? It’s that time year when advice from an environmental group goes up against messages from fruit and vegetable growers who produce, with the help of some pesticides, $60 billion in crops annually. U.S farmers grow more than 350 types of fruit,… Continue Reading