“Coming down like a ton of bricks.” “Complicated and interwoven.” “Costly.” “The end of many small- and mid-size farms and food processors.” “Never heard of it.” “A work in progress.” When asked about FDA’s new proposed rule for food processing facilities, that’s how a sustainable-agriculture advocate, a food-safety expert for a large fresh produce association,…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and San Diego-based Ocean Harvest Inc., together with its president, Minkyu Park, recently signed a consent decree of permanent injunction, the FDA reported last week.

The FDA charged that company,  an outlet for salmon, tuna, and other fresh fish intended for raw consumption, particularly in sushi, had been selling seafood …

Quinault Tribal Enterprise of Taholah, WA is recalling canned salmon, smoked and non-smoked; tuna, smoked and non-smoked; smoked sturgeon; minced razor clams; smoked razor clams; and smoked steelhead because the seafood was not adequately processed and may pose a risk for Botulism.

Canned seafood that is not processed following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s low-acid …

Lancaster, PA isn’t close to any salt water, but the Chesapeake Crab Connection has worked up a solid retail restaurant business that apparently qualifies as a seafood processing facility.

And as a seafood processor, Chesapeake Crab was inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last Dec. 16-21.  Inspectors said they found problems involving …

Seafood processors in California, North Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana are recent recipients of warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for violations found during inspections.

FDA released the warnings letters, which datie back to Dec. 28, this week.

The four warning letters involve failure by the seafood processors to adhere to seafood …

Supporters of small family farms and locally grown food in Oregon are backing three bills–the Farm Direct Bill, the Family Farm Act, and HB 2872–that address poultry processing.  (The matter is also covered in the omnibus Family Farm Act, HB 2222, which seeks to expand limits on raw milk production, among other provisions.)

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is having a little disagreement with a Fort Lauderdale seafood processing facility over how to control the potential for deadly botulism.

The seafood processing facility, owned by Cemco International Corp., has been trying since last June 14-15, when it had its last inspection, to write a seafood Hazard …