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China Toughens Up Food Safety Laws By Adopting New Amendments

In the wake of several high-profile food safety scandals, China’s lawmakers have adopted tougher amendments to bolster the country’s existing food safety law. The changes, effective Oct. 1, 2015, will add 50 new articles, or about half again what the previous law contained. Many of the new amendments address infant formula regulations and the online... Continue Reading

FDA Kicks Off the ‘Year of the Food Safety Modernization Act’

In front of hundreds of food industry and trade association representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented its unified plan to roll out and implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed by President Obama in January 2011, FSMA will bring about the most sweeping changes to the U.S. food... Continue Reading

Coming USDA Catfish Inspections Raise Question: Could Shrimp Be Next?

If food safety put catfish under USDA inspection, can shrimp be far behind? That question is coming into focus this week after one of USDA’s top two food safety officials told a gathering of food policy wonks on Tuesday that the final rule for the agency’s takeover of catfish inspections is coming “a little into... Continue Reading

A Look Back at Food Safety During Obama’s First Six Years

Since the Obama administration took over the executive branch more than six years ago, foodborne illnesses from meat, poultry and eggs — products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — have fallen by 10 percent, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who was appointed to head USDA when the president took office in 2009.... Continue Reading

China’s Terrifying Food Safety Track Record Is Creating Savvier Shoppers

You won’t need to be in China long before you see something in a restaurant that makes you recoil. With the country's history of glow-in-the-dark pork and gutter oil, however, Chinese consumers are turning to imported food, which they regard as implicitly safer than their own.

Top FDA, FSIS Food Safety Officials Weigh in on Key Issues

At the risk of sounding naive, Michael Taylor said Tuesday that he’s still feeling “great” about the progress made on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Taylor knew he was in front of a tough audience since he said it during a question-and-answer session with a... Continue Reading

Backpacking Stove Safety

Backpacking stoves can greatly increase your comfort and safety on multi-day trips and in challenging weather conditions. There’s nothing like hot food at dinner to warm you up after hiking in the rain all day or hot coffee after sleeping in a shelter after a cold night. Show More Summary

Food Safety Legislation Continues Brisk Pace Set Last Year

Texas will likely find out today if the third time is the charm for Republican state Rep. Dan Flynn’s (no relation) bill to allow raw milk to be sold at farmer’s markets and directly to consumers in their homes. The bill is scheduled to be heard this morning in the Public Health Committee, where a... Continue Reading

Chicken Sausage Products Recalled for Possible Plastic Pieces

Kayem Foods of Chelsea, MA, is recalling approximately 59,203 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage products that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday. Show More Summary

FDA Exercised FSMA Recall Authority for OxyElite Pro Dietary Supplements

In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exercised its recall authority granted by the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) for the second time. FDA published its second annual report to Congress this past week on the use of mandatory recall authority, stating that it had issued a Notification of Opportunity... Continue Reading

Despite Fewer Inspectors, California’s Orange County Finds More Violations and Closes More Restaurants

Without as many food safety cops on the beat in Orange County, home to 3 million Californians, health inspectors last year still found record numbers of violations and temporarily closed more restaurants than ever before, according to an investigation by a local media outlet. The Orange County Register on Sunday reported “steep climbs in forced restaurant... Continue Reading

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.

In My Defencelessness My Safety Lies

I was very lucky. I was told this almost every day as a child. I was lucky to have hot food, clothes and people who loved me. Others weren't so lucky. It's strange how, as a child what we're told over and over can do one of two things:...Show More Summary

Are Baked Goods Ready for FSMA?

Many bakers and baked food manufacturers may have additional work to do to prepare for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a food safety specialist speaking with Ovens have long been seen as the kill step guaranteeing safety in baked goods, but bakers may not be able to take the... Continue Reading

Food Safety Concerns Divide Pot Growers From Consumers

With tax revenue down 42 percent from the governor’s early rosy projections — just $68 million, down from the projected first-year tally of $118 million — and difficulties making marijuana edibles easily identifiable, the “Colorado model” for legally selling pot has hit some rough road. Those who grow and sell pot were pretty much on... Continue Reading

McDonald's Japan sees wider losses this year after food scandals

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese unit of McDonald's Corp said on Thursday it expects its losses to widen this year as it struggles to bring back customers after a series of food safety scandals. The company also announced turnaround measures including plans to renovate stores, close underperforming outlets and cut costs. Show More Summary

California County Approves Restaurant Food Safety Placard Program

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in California has approved a new restaurant placarding program that will make it easier for the public to understand how a restaurant has scored on its most recent food safety inspection. Training for the new system will begin in June, and the program is scheduled to launch in January... Continue Reading

Investigation of GRAS Highlights Allergy to Peanut-Related Lupin

The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) published a lengthy investigative report on Tuesday summarizing the safety concerns associated with GRAS (generally recognized as safe) food additives, the controversies surrounding how they’re determined, and barriers to regulating them. Show More Summary

Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food Products for Potential Glass Pieces

Beech-Nut Nutrition of Amsterdam, NY, is recalling approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday. Show More Summary

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