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When the National Organic Standards Board meets this week in St. Louis, its 15 members will confront some particularly controversial agenda items involving whether certain substances and production methods are acceptable for use in food items certified as organic.

People who sell or label a product with the USDA organic seal…

Hundreds of audits of California leafy greens operations during the 2015-2016 season found 99.5-percent compliance with industry food safety standards, according to the latest annual report from the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA).

LGMA reported there were 470 announced and unannounced audits during last year and this year of its approximately …

Editor’s note: The USDA posted this information Wednesday in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center expects that Category 3 Hurricane Matthew will affect Florida’s Atlantic coast Thursday evening…

Chinese officials say they will lift a ban on U.S. beef imports imposed in 2003 after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as BSE or mad cow disease, was confirmed in a Washington state cow imported from Canada. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called Thursday’s announcement “a critical first step” following a recently

Algona, WA-based 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd., is recalling approximately 8,694 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday. Fletcher's hamThe products were produced and packed by Sofina Foods, a London, Ont.,…

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, may want to wait until after the Nov. 8 election, when the House of Representatives returns for the lame-duck session, to decide whether there will be a vote on the nation’s new and evolving catfish program. Every week that goes by sees the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new program for…

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Good Food Concepts LLC, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct of Colorado Springs, CO, is recalling about 2,600 pounds of non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday.

Based on epidemiological investigation, one case-patient has been identified in Colorado …

When 400 pounds of samples from food bound for the Democratic National Convention arrived at a certain lab in Virginia, it was just another day at the office for scientists there. Carrie Waggy chemical terrorism FERN Carrie Waggy, chemical terrorism scientist on the Food Emergency Response Network team, prepares meat to be shipped to six labs…

An industry trade group representing California and Arizona produce growers isn’t happy with a recent federal court decision striking down government guidance for using composted municipal green waste on organic farms. Applying industrial compostIn a statement released June 21, Western Growers of Irvine, CA, expressed disappointment in the June 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $6 million available for research into antimicrobial resistance and has set an Aug. 3 deadline for grant proposals. The funding comes from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (AFRI).…

Foster Poultry Farms of Farmerville, LA, is recalling approximately 220,450 pounds of fully cooked frozen chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with extraneous blue plastic and black rubber materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. FSIS Recalls The fully cooked frozen chicken breast nuggets were produced on Feb. 22 and…