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Letter From the Editor: A Year After Bill Keene’s Passing

It was a year ago that we lost Dr. Bill Keene, Oregon’s senior state epidemiologist, to acute pancreatitis at age 56. We missed him in 2014. He was posthumously awarded the 2014 NSF Food Safety Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award last April in Baltimore. Keene was a guy who did his job with passion and humor.... Continue Reading

SD Soybean Group Launching Food-Safety Campaign

A soybean industry group in South Dakota plans to launch a TV, print and radio ad campaign in January with the goal of “dispelling misconceptions” about farming and food safety. Entitled “Hungry for Truth,” the campaign hopes to spread the message to the relatively urban areas of the state, such as Sioux Falls and Rapid City,... Continue Reading

Hong Kong stops Namibian oyster imports

Hong Kong has suspended imports of live oysters from Walvis Bay after a high percentage of cadmium was detected in oyster samples. ||| Windhoek - The Centre for Food Safety of the Hong Kong administration has suspended imports of live...Show More Summary

Food Safety News Hands Santa Nice List Nominees for 2014

Merry Christmas! Whether today finds you celebrating the birth of Christ, the Winter Solstice, or about to observe Kwanzaa, the one thing everyone can agree on is that we need more nice people in this world. Food Safety News is pleased to present our sixth-annual nominations for Santa’s nice list. As we did during the... Continue Reading

FDA warns Brooklyn wholesaler to clean up its act

The Food and Drug Administration has Brooklyn wholesaler New Yung Wah Trading Co. in its sights because of unresolved food safety issues that include rodents nesting in a box of thawing meat that was stored on top of fresh melons.

Lebanon Food Scandal: Abu Faour vows to fight the mafias linked to food safety issue

Lebanon Health Minister Wael Abu Faour reiterated his determination to continue the food safety campaign throughout Lebanon stressing that the corruption in the food safety file is greater than he thought and that he is still at the tip of the iceberg. During a press conference before food safety inspectors he said : “The food […]

The Food Safety News Nominees for Santa’s 2014 Naughty List

How did the media, our professional associates in corporate and government information, Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel, Sheldon Lavin, POTUS (the president of the United States), and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg end up on the Food Safety News 2014 naughty list? It’s complicated. Show More Summary

USDA Offers Holiday Food Safety Advice In Case You Don’t To Kill Your Family

You might be preparing a larger meal this week than you’re used to, or preparing trays of party food, and that means that you run the risk of giving everyone you love a food-borne illness. You can avoid turning your family celebration or classy party into a barfing festival by following a few helpful tips. These come courtesy of the … [More]

Lebanon Food Scandal: Abu Faour orders the shutdown of airport warehouse

Lebanon Health Minister Wael Abu Faour continued with his food safety campaign. He ordered on Tuesday the shutdown of food and medicine warehouses at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International airport, citing poor sanitation and expired items, calling the facility an execution chamber. “The minute you walk into the warehouses, you feel like you entered a […]

Chinese Lawmakers Mull Tougher Penalties for Breaking Food Safety Laws

The bi-monthly legislative session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, being held Monday through Saturday in Beijing, is considering a draft revision to China’s food safety laws that would include detention for offenders. Anyone who adds inedible substances to foods could go to jail for up to 15 days, states the submitted bill language.... Continue Reading

The 10 Worst U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2014

This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks caused by everything from bean sprouts to cilantro to caramel apples. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2014, in terms of both the number of people who died and the number sickened. This list includes only foodborne illness... Continue Reading

80,000-Plus Pounds of Bacon Recalled for Misbranding

Abe’s Finest Meats of Palatka, FL, is recalling approximately 80,050 pounds of hickory-smoked sliced bacon products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday. The recalled 10-lb. Show More Summary

GAO: USDA and FDA need to coordinate food safety activities

The Government Accountability Office has just released a new report. Much of the report is about the need for better coordination of the food safety oversight responsibilities of the USDA (meat and poultry) and those of the FDA (everything else), not to mention the 13 other agencies that deal with aspects of food safety (the […]

Food banks adopt AiroCide

More than 40 food banks in the Feeding America network have adopted Atlanta-based KES Science and Technology Inc.’s AiroCide food safety air sanitation technology.

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December...Show More Summary

The Top 10 Food Safety News Stories of 2014

The top 10 food-safety news stories for 2014, as chosen for the sixth consecutive year by the editors of Food Safety News, were announced today. According to the Internet news site, here are this year’s most important food-safety stories: 1. The U.S. Department of Justice backs up federal food-safety agencies, including USDA and FDA, with unprecedented... Continue Reading

GAO report calls for better food safety coordination

The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture must do a better job of coordinating their food safety efforts and setting overall goals, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

GAO report calls for better food safety coordination

The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture must do a better job of coordinating their food safety efforts and setting overall goals, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

GAO report calls for better food safety coordination

The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture must do a better job of coordinating their food safety efforts and setting overall goals, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

US: RFA comments on supplemental rulemaking regulation

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its supplemental rulemaking proposal outlining best practices for the regulation of animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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