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Louisiana Senator’s Bill Seeks to Enhance the Safety of Imported Seafood

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill this past week that would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of imported seafood. According to the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA), which supports the bill, S. 190 increases inspection standards on foreign imported seafood, requires foreign exporters to meet U.S.... Continue Reading

Driscoll’s appoints global food safety director

Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll’s has named Keith Refsnider as the company’s global food safety program director.

Susan Mayne takes over at CFSAN

Susan Mayne is the new director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for the Food and Drug Administration.

AIB releases FSMA guide, readiness assessment

Manhattan, Kan.-based AIB International is offering a free guide on the Food Safety Modernization Act through its Facebook page until Feb. 8.

New measures by USDA against Salmonella and Campylobacter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings.

Food Safety in Numbers

(This article by Advik Shreekumar was published Jan. 6, 2015, by the Harvard Political Review and is reposted here with permission.) On March 23, 2013, the civic organization Smart Chicago launched an ambitious program to enhance the city’s food-safety efforts. Show More Summary

After Last Year’s Outbreak, Food Safety Summit Steps Up Precautions to Avoid Repeat

The incident was tailor-made for snarky headlines: Foodborne illness sickens hundreds of attendees at conference dedicated to food safety. That’s exactly what happened at last April’s Food Safety Summit (FSS) in Baltimore, when 216 of 1,300 attendees fell ill with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramping and nausea. Show More Summary

Maine boots thousands off of food stamps for not having jobs that don't exist

Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) More than 6,000 people in Maine are getting more than usually screwed by the hole-riddled U.S. safety net and their state's evil buffoon of a governor: Gov. Paul LePage (R) decided last year to prematurely reinstate tougher eligibility rules requiring food stamps recipients to work. Show More Summary

USDA cracks down on poultry industry; West Covina woman sues Foster Farms

Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced plans to crack down on poultry industry food-safety lapses, a West Covina woman is suing Foster Farms, saying she was sickened from eating the company’s chicken. 

EFSA Risk Assessment on Bisphenol A Finds No Consumer Health Risks

On the heels of the 2014 favorable safety assessment for bisphenol A (BPA), another major reevaluation has found that the epoxy resins used to line metal food cans pose no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. Sounding the all-clear signal for BPA this time is the influential European Food... Continue Reading

Asian food safety officials react to Bidart Bros. apple recall

Although only one company’s gala and granny smith apples are under recall in the U.S. because of links to a deadly listeria outbreak, officials in at least one foreign country have restricted the entry of all U.S. grown galas and granny smiths.

New draft law ensures Safer Lebanese Food

Lebanon Health Minister Wael Abu Faour and MP Atef Majdalani hailed on Thursday the approval of a draft-law on food safety by the joint parliamentary committees, hoping for its swift approval by the parliament “The draft-law has become a reality and we would soon have a modern law that protects food,” said Majdalani during […]

Newly Revealed Salmonella Outbreak Linked to CA Deli in Summer of 2014

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village, CA, sickened 21 people this past summer, but it was never announced to the public, according to documents obtained in a lawsuit by food safety law firm Marler Clark. Public health officials in California first caught on to the outbreak in July 2014, when... Continue Reading

Choctaw Leader: FDA Should Formally Consult With Tribes or Exempt Them From FSMA

Shannon McDaniel, executive director of tribal operations, has made a simple and straightforward request on behalf of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He wants all 565 federally recognized tribes exempted from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Or, to put it in his own words and more specifically, McDaniel wants the U.S. Food and Drug... Continue Reading

FSIS Releases New Salmonella, Campylobacter Performance Standards for Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that its new pathogen performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground poultry and chicken parts will prevent about 50,000 illnesses each year. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection...Show More Summary

BPA 'poses no health risk' says EU

The EU food safety watchdog said Wednesday that bisphenol A poses no health risk to consumers.

After Man’s Death, Doctors Give Food Safety Advice to Liver Transplant Recipients

After overseeing a routine, uneventful liver transplant in a 52-year-old man in July 2013 at a hospital in Marseille, France, Dr. Catherine Sartor and her colleagues expected him to fully recover without complications. When the patient’s liver condition began worsening five days after surgery, they suspected his body was rejecting the new organ and adjusted... Continue Reading

FDA to establish new food safety program

A grant program is being established for small growers, food processors, fruit and vegetable wholesalers, and farms that lack access to food safety training.

Letter From the Editor: Food Safety Regulation

Whether it’s irony or just fortunate timing, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), with its new package of regulations, is coming to life just as bipartisan majorities in Congress appear to be getting serious about putting a bridle on a runaway bureaucracy. On Jan. 15, 2015, Lydia Zuraw, Washington, D.C., correspondent for Food Safety News, reported that... Continue Reading

Iowa Poultry & Egg Industry Adds New Leader

The Iowa Egg Council and Iowa Poultry Association have hired Randy Olson as executive director. Olson will navigate the state’s poultry and egg industry through a changing environment as it adjusts to new food safety standards and other requirements. Show More Summary

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