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During the recent Good Food Institute conference on cell-cultured meat, an industry executive remarked that he tries to stay away from politics and focus on his company and developing the technology. That certainly is an understandable approach, especially given the turbulent political climate we are experiencing. 

However, considering that this emerging industry is the…

Citing the discovery of an infectious parasite in domestic produce this summer, the head of the FDA yesterday committed to using science to address foodborne pathogens.

A special government testing program found the Cyclospora parasite in U.S. cilantro earlier this year, marking the first time ever that the microscopic animal had been confirmed on domestic…

In a rare move, the top administrator at the FDA on Tuesday posted a statement about warning letters the agency sent this past week. The comments from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb renewed FDA’s warnings to consumers about teas and other products containing kratom. 

Such products, made with the leaves from a plant that is native to…

Laboratory analysis of 50 big-name baby foods showed the presence of at least one heavy metal in all of them, with two-thirds having “worrisome” levels, according to information from Consumer Reports. Researchers also said organic products were as likely to have lead or other heavy metals as non-organic foods. 

Every product tested had measurable levels…

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Editor’s note: U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro sent this letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday.


Dear Commissioner Gottlieb:

I write out of concern about the current outbreak of cyclosporiasis as well as the transparency and timeliness of your agency’s ongoing investigation.

As of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

The products shown here are for illustrative purposes only and are not the specific AMPI products subject to the whey powder recall.

It is not known how many food companies used potentially contaminated whey powder in their products; it is not known how many pounds of the whey powder have been…

The FDA has an opportunity now to update its recall disclosure policy to provide consumers critical information they need and want to protect themselves during an outbreak. The agency can, and should, begin routinely identifying which retailers and individual store locations sold recalled food. This information will motivate consumers who have shopped in these stores…

We’ve been reporting on the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce since federal officials first announced it on April 13. Actually, though romaine hadn’t been connected to it yet, we started reporting on the outbreak April 4. A day earlier New Jersey health officials had alerted the public to a cluster of…