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Is the Civil Justice System the Best Protector Against Unsafe Food?
September 3, 2015
Is the Civil Justice System the Best Protector Against Unsafe Food?

A new report issued this week by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) states that food safety regulators are not able to keep up with such a quickly evolving industry, therefore making the civil justice system the primary point of protection against unsafe food for consumers.

 

Survey: Consumers More Concerned with Chemicals in Food vs. Foodborne Illness
September 2, 2015
Survey: Consumers More Concerned with Chemicals in Food vs. Foodborne Illness

When it comes to food safety concerns, American consumers are most worried about chemicals in food, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2015 Food and Health Survey. Previously, consumers’ concerns were centered around foodborne illness.

 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Resumes Production
September 1, 2015
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Resumes Production

Five months after shutting down production due to Listeria contamination, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ Columbus, OH facility is now back in business. For now, the facility will only be used for making certain ice cream ingredients.

Is Grass-Fed Organic Cattle Really Less Likely to Contain Bacteria?
August 27, 2015
Is Grass-Fed Organic Cattle Really Less Likely to Contain Bacteria?

Is organic ground beef safer than conventional beef? It is, according to Consumer Reports’ “How Safe is Your Ground Beef?”.

NEHA Awarded FDA Food Safety Cooperative Agreement to Build Capacity for State and Local Regulatory Agencies
August 27, 2015
NEHA Awarded FDA Food Safety Cooperative Agreement to Build Capacity for State and Local Regulatory Agencies

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has been awarded a 5 year, $5 million cooperative agreement to develop and implement critically needed training for state, local, territorial, and tribal food safety agencies.
 

Food Safety Group Sues USDA Over Requests for Records
August 26, 2015
Food Safety Group Sues USDA Over Requests for Records

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for allegedly failing to respond to the group’s requests for records on genetically engineered crops CFS says harm the environment.

Denmark Sees Decrease in Foodborne Outbreaks
August 26, 2015
Denmark Sees Decrease in Foodborne Outbreaks

In 2014, Denmark experienced a decrease in reported foodborne outbreaks, according to new data released by the National Food Institute, the Technical University of Denmark, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, and Statens Serum Institute.

August 24, 2015
Congressional Democrats Urge FDA to Help Small Farmers with FSMA

A request was sent to FDA to implement programs and training to help small farmers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Union: CFIA’s $35 Million Budget Cut a Major Risk to Public Health
August 20, 2015
Union: CFIA’s $35 Million Budget Cut a Major Risk to Public Health

Federal budget cuts in Canada are putting public health at risk, says the president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Blue Bell to Return in Select Markets Before Labor Day
August 18, 2015
Blue Bell to Return in Select Markets Before Labor Day

Blue Bell Creameries has announced that its products will be back on some store shelves just in time for Labor Day--about 4 months after a Listeria outbreak led to a nationwide recall and complete shutdown of operations.

Australia's Foodborne Illness Rates Decline... Except Salmonella
August 17, 2015
Australia's Foodborne Illness Rates Decline... Except Salmonella

A report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last week says that foodborne illness rates in Australia are on the decline--except for Salmonella.

 

Vinegar and Spices: Natural Sanitizers for Leafy Greens, Say Researchers
August 13, 2015
Vinegar and Spices: Natural Sanitizers for Leafy Greens, Say Researchers

Cinnamon, oregano and vinegar are natural ingredients that can be used to sanitize leafy greens, according to researchers at the University of Arizona.

Kansas Congressman Says GMO Labeling is Unnecessary
August 11, 2015
Kansas Congressman Says GMO Labeling is Unnecessary

In a talk with farmers at the Mid Kansas Cooperative, U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo said that there’s no need for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods to be labeled for a couple of reasons.

CDC to Spend $110 Million Helping States with Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
August 7, 2015
CDC to Spend $110 Million Helping States with Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Nearly $110 million has been set aside by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help states improve their ability to track and respond to infectious diseases.

First Blue Bell Plant to Resume Production After Massive Recall
August 6, 2015
First Blue Bell Plant to Resume Production After Massive Recall

Blue Bell Creameries has been given the all clear to produce and sell ice cream made at its Sylacauga, AL plant, according Ron Dawsey, director at the Alabama Department of Public Health.

FDA Wants Feedback on Raw Milk Cheese
August 4, 2015
FDA Wants Feedback on Raw Milk Cheese

Starting this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting public comments regarding cheese that is made from raw, unpasteurized milk.

FDA Temporarily Bans Some Mexican Cilantro from Crossing U.S. Border
July 28, 2015
FDA Temporarily Bans Some Mexican Cilantro from Crossing U.S. Border

A ban on some cilantro imported from Mexico has been instated after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after a 2012 outbreak that sickened hundreds of consumers with intestinal illnesses, prompting an investigation.

Unprecedented Life Sentence Recommended for Peanut Executive
July 25, 2015
Unprecedented Life Sentence Recommended for Peanut Executive

Stewart Parnell--the former Peanut Corporation of America owner that was convicted last year for knowingly shipping Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter from his Georgia plant--may be sentenced to life in prison if prosecutors have their way.

Purdue University Wins Top Prize in FDA Food Safety Challenge
July 23, 2015
Purdue University Wins Top Prize in FDA Food Safety Challenge

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Challenge has announced two winners for its 2014 competition--Purdue University, and runner-up Pronucleotein, Inc.

House to Vote on Anti-GMO Labeling Bill
July 23, 2015
House to Vote on Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that would block mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods.

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