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…

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption.

Man sprays produce with feces-scented liquid
A Harris Teeter store in South Carolina has reopened after a man allegedly sprayed fresh produce with what is believed…

Free-manureFederal officials have extended the comment period for the second time for those wishing to provide information about a risk assessment of foodborne illnesses associated with pathogens from fresh produce grown in fields with raw manure. The extension, which allows comments to be filed through July 19, is the second extension granted by the Food…

Federal officials want input on one of the loose ends they left dangling when they published the new produce safety rule this past fall — the use of raw manure in fresh produce growing operations. Free-manure Pushback from industry led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold off on including specific manure regulations in the…

Editor’s Note:  Coral Beach, formerly of The Packer, joins us today as the new Managing Editor of Food Safety News. With more than 3,300 comments having been filed since Nov. 12, the FDA has extended its deadline for accepting public input on the use of the word “natural” on food labels. Originally the comment…

Those interested in commenting on two parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – the foreign supplier verification program for importers and the accreditation of third-party auditors rule – will now have an additional two months to make their voices heard. Comments on the two proposed rules will now be accepted through Jan. 27,…