Editor’s note: This essay is a 2017 runner up for the “Publisher’s Award” and was written as part of a food safety litigation class at the University of Arkansas Law School taught by Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of the Seattle law firm MarlerClark LLP.

Food waste is sickening. The amount of safe and nutritious…

New labeling guidance from the USDA that is designed to decrease waste by resolving consumer confusion about “best by” and “sell by” dates on food may also boost in-home food safety practices by providing more specific information.

Although infant formula is the only food product that must carry product dating under current federal law, many…

author mug Vytenis AndriukaitisEditor’s note: These are the prepared remarks delivered by Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 2014-2019, this past week. Many of the challenges and actions he describes mirror situations in the U.S. with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other initiatives regarding food additives and labeling.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a…

A bakery in San Carlos, CA, was informed through a warning letter sent May 6 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had found numerous labeling issues during an inspection performed from Jan. 13-27. Sweet Production Inc., which manufactures muffins, cakes and other bakery products, has not been labeling its Banana Walnut Muffin, Pumpkin…

UPDATE: Additional cooking instructions provided by FSIS after this story was posted. The 6.2 billion servings of mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks consumed annually by Americans might be a little safer because of labeling requirements that take effect today, just ahead of the summer grilling season. They’ve been coming for a long time. The…

Consumers are becoming increasingly wary of what they didn’t know about their food; more concerned that food processors might be intentionally hiding things from them. A story published by Forbes in fall 2015 pointed out the dangers of not being upfront. They asked processors that frightening question: “What did you know and when did you…

While the Food Safety Modernization Act doesn’t require transparency, it encourages it, but equally important for food manufacturers, consumers are increasingly demanding traceability. “Companies are under pressure from consumers, as trust is the lowest it’s ever been,” said John Keogh, president and principal advisor, Shantalla Inc., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. “Trust can be lost…

How often during the course of last year did the 5 million people of Ireland lodge complaints related to their food?  The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is out with a report on its Advice Line for 2015 that provides some answers. Ireland-Flag_406x250The FSA of Ireland took 2,739 complaints by consumers relating to food, food…