2013

Update: At the Jan. 3, 2014, hearing, the temporary retraining order was extended by 10 days to Jan. 13, at which time the judge will hear oral arguments from the parties in the case. New Mexico District Court Judge Matthew Wilson issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Monday to prevent Valley Meat of Roswell,…

Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27

Health officials in North Carolina’s Davidson County now say they are investigating illnesses in three children possibly infected with E. coli. The news on Monday came after officials already reported two children sick over the weekend. The first two children attend Tyro Middle School and were both hospitalized Friday after suffering from severely bloody…

Between late 2011 and spring 2012, dozens of people across 20 U.S. states and Canada were falling ill with apparent Salmonella infections all coming from the same source. For nearly six months, the illnesses slowly cropped up around North America, with health investigators unable to connect the dots about how they were being caused. It…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was busy in 2013, especially when it came to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As the year draws to a close, Food Safety News decided to take a look back at the agency’s comings and goings during the past 12 months. Six of the seven main FSMA…

Recreational sales of marijuana will be legal under state and local governments in Colorado come New Year’s Day, including so-called pot-infused food such as brownies. There’s been nothing like this since the end of Prohibition. For consumers in Colorado, it means there is a new food safety cop to deal with for those marijuana-infused foods…

The ban on U.S. pork and beef exports to Russia over ractopamine is costly for American producers, but not as much as was recently reported by the U.S. Ambassador. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told a Moscow business newspaper that the year-old ban had cost America’s pork and beef industries $4-5 billion. The ban…

A year-end attempt by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to quickly prevent a Roswell slaughterhouse from processing USDA-inspected horsemeat for export has apparently failed. It means a New Mexico business could be still be slaughtering horses as early as Jan. 1. King, a Democrat who is also running for governor, held a Dec. 19…