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USDA’s organic enforcement efforts find fraudulent certificates

The USDA’s National Organic Program completed more complaint reviews and investigations that it received in 2017.  It finished work on 462 reviews and investigations while receiving 379 incoming complaints during the fiscal year 2017 ending last Sept. 30. Under the jurisdiction of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the organic program recently updated reports on enforcement activities and… Continue Reading

USDA grants through NIFA include food safety research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support for research, education, and extension projects that promote a safe, nutritious food supply. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick… Continue Reading

FDA, USDA websites work well, rank high among federal sites

The top two federal food safety agencies made the Top 20 for specific benchmarks measured by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which compared almost 500 of Uncle Sam’s most popular websites. ITIF is a nonprofit policy think tank populated by former U.S. senators and representatives from both political parties. Its purpose is to focus… Continue Reading

Food safety training, treatments addressed in federal grants

If you think you’re got problems, try being a farmer. They’re faced with an impressive array of enemies that are waging war on their crops and their livelihoods. These adversaries don’t need sophisticated weapons. They’ve got something more deadly — an arsenal of biological ammunition. And for the most part, they’re small, very small, oftentimes… Continue Reading

Cyber Monday? Leftover day — trash em’ if you’ve got em’

According to food safety guidelines from most public health agencies, today is the last day to safely eat refrigerated leftovers from Thursday’s holiday meal, and if you didn’t get them into cold storage within two hours of the feasting, you should have tossed them on Thanksgiving Day. For the coming holiday season and all through… Continue Reading

18.5 tons of Trader Joe’s chicken, turkey salads recalled

Green Cuisine is recalling 18.5 tons of Trader Joe’s deli salads because of consumer complaints of hard silica and glass fragments in the turkey and chicken salad products. The individual-serving salads have use-by dates through today, according to the recall notice on the USDA’s Food Service and Inspection Service (FSIS) website. Green Cuisine of San… Continue Reading

U.S. audit finds food safety problems continue for Brazil’s meat

The first U.S. audit of Brazil’s food safety system since Operation Weak Flesh exposed corruption in the South American nation’s meat industry fell short of being clean. In transmitting the audit on Nov. 9, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) told Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) that more work needs… Continue Reading

New Jersey orders Udder Milk to stop illegally selling raw milk

Rare, antibiotic-resistant Brucella bacteria confirmed in raw milk drinkers in New Jersey, Texas

Public health officials have ordered a New Jersey company to cease and desist its illegal sales of unpasteurized, raw milk following confirmation that a woman who drank it was infected with antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. The New Jersey Department of Health issued cease-and-desist orders to Udder Milk on Friday, but did not post the news on is website until… Continue Reading

USDA delays Obama’s organic livestock standards for review

File comments at regulations.gov after USDA/AMS posts notice today in the Federal Register

The USDA is today publishing a notice in the Federal Register to further delay and reconsider new mandates for handling and transporting livestock and providing avian “living conditions” for poultry raised as organic food. Without the action, the new requirements under the National Organic Program would have taken effect today. Meat and poultry products labeled as… Continue Reading

Nestle recalling 13 tons of Hot Pockets sent to food banks

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. is recalling 26,400 pounds of pork and beef “Hot Pockets” products that were donated to a charitable organization and distributed to food banks. The recalled products are misbranded and include undeclared allergens, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). “The products contain eggs, milk, soy and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared… Continue Reading