The FAO and WHO have called for experts and data on two different subjects as well as announcing a webinar on cell-based food.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) call for experts covers the risks and benefits of fish consumption.

The objective is to identify qualified scientists willing to participate in future expert consultations to develop scientific advice for guiding Codex texts and advise member states.

The deadline for applications is April 7 and the expert consultation is planned for Oct. 9 to 13, 2023. An expected outcome will be

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A beef cow-calf operation is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration because of the presence of three drugs in edible tissue samples collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Testing showed residue of one drug at more than 8,000 percent the amount allowed by law.

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Officials from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected the Newcastle, NE, farm owned by Janine and Jerald Stewart, where the company produces animals offered for use as food. According to a June 28 warning letter recently made public by the FDA, an inspection
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Warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently have gone out to four domestic  seafood processors and a Puerto Rico importer. The first, dating back to Oct. 1, 2015, went to Vernon, CA-based New Zealand Seafood Marketing for “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. The warning letter said the company’s failure to have or implement a HACCP plan renders its fish or fishery products adulterated within the meaning of the law. FDAWarningcolor_406x250FDA inspected the California facility last April 14-17, and the company responded to the inspection in email responses on
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There might be more animal drugs to worry about than just antibiotics. That’s according to a report released by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) this past week. “America’s Secret Animal Drug Problem” is an overview of safety information currently available for commonly used animal drugs. In addition to the antibiotics, CFS also addressed beta-agonists, steroid hormones, antioxidants, antibiotics arsenicals, and cocciodiostats. “[T]he animal agriculture industry uses over 450 animal drugs, drug combinations, and other feed additives to promote growth of the animals and to suppress the negative effects that heavily-concentrated confinement has on farm animals,” report states. Cattle feedingThe report
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published warning letters last week sent to a dairy and to two seafood processing facilities. Goyenetche Dairy of Buttonwillow, CA, was cited for illegal drug residues in the tissues of a dairy cow sold for slaughter for food. FDA wrote that the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found the presence of 0.92 parts per million (ppm) of desfuroylceftiofur (marker residue for ceftiofur) in the kidney and 0.502 ppm in the liver and 0.223 in the muscle of flunixin. FDA WarningFDA has established a tolerance of 0.4 ppm for residues of desfuroylceftiofur
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know what the public thinks of its risk assessment of drug residues in milk. The risk assessment, entitled, “Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products,” is a tool to assist with reevaluating which animal drug residues should be included in milk testing programs. milkinlab_406x250The agency undertook the project in response to a request from the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). After a cow is treated with a drug, milk from the animal is discarded for a certain amount of time to
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest is anxious to see the results of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on whether illegal drugs were found in the country’s raw milk supply. The organization has now filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for data from the Center for Veterinary Medicines’ Raw Milk Drug Residue Survey conducted from January 2012 to January 2013. “Consumers have a right to know what’s in their milk, and if there are dangerous drugs in it, they need to know what FDA is doing about that,” said CSPI senior food safety attorney David
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At the its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted a number of new standards, including maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. The commission was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop harmonized international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to promote safer and more nutritious food for consumers worldwide and ensure fair food trade practices. It also promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted seven warning letters in the past week consisting of warnings to five dairies — all for drug residue issues — and to two seafood processors for insanitary conditions. FDA sent a letter to seafood processor Polonica Inc., of Carteret, NJ, for “serious violations” involving a number of products that were “prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.” After the company responded to the agency, they were told that their Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan was incomplete and needed to
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to the owner of Riverview Ranch and Livestock in New York after an investigation found that the operation sold an adulterated animal for slaughter for food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) analyzed kidney tissue samples of a bob veal calf the ranch sold in April and found the presence of tulathromycin. FDA has not established a tolerance for residues of the antibiotic in the kidney tissue in preruminating calves. The letter states that Riverview did not use the tulathromycin as directed by its
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