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Democratic Senators “Alarmed” by Shutdown’s Potential Impact on Food Safety
January 15, 2019
Democratic Senators “Alarmed” by Shutdown’s Potential Impact on Food Safety

Late last week, a group of Democratic U.S. Senators penned a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about their concerns regarding how the partial government shutdown—currently in its 24th day—and lack of funding will affect Americans’ public health.

CDC Declares Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Over
January 10, 2019
CDC Declares Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Over

As of January 9, 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared the most recent Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to California grown romaine lettuce over.

FDA Food Inspections “Sharply Reduced” Amid Partial Government Shutdown
January 10, 2019
FDA Food Inspections “Sharply Reduced” Amid Partial Government Shutdown

The shutdown, currently in its 19th day, is the President’s response to not yet receiving Democratic approval for funding a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

Cannabis Edibles: Canada Seeking Public Comments on Safety
January 8, 2019
Cannabis Edibles: Canada Seeking Public Comments on Safety

Canadian government officials are seeking feedback regarding the safety of cannabis-infused edible foods.

Study: Some Adults Falsely Believe They Have Food Allergies
January 7, 2019
Study: Some Adults Falsely Believe They Have Food Allergies

Study reveals that a good portion of U.S. adults who believe they have a food allergy actually do not.

Report Details Most Common Violations at FDA-regulated Food Facilities
January 4, 2019
Report Details Most Common Violations at FDA-regulated Food Facilities

Find out what types of violations are most commonly found at food facilities regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

USDA’s 2018 Food Safety Accomplishments
January 2, 2019
USDA’s 2018 Food Safety Accomplishments

Just before the new year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a list of accomplishments made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2018.

U.S. Food Supply is Among the Safest in the World, Says USDA
December 21, 2018
U.S. Food Supply is Among the Safest in the World, Says USDA

The Summary shows more than 99 percent of the samples tested had pesticide residues well below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Adams Bros. Farming Recalls Lettuce and Cauliflower After E. coli Discovery
December 18, 2018
Adams Bros. Farming Recalls Lettuce and Cauliflower After E. coli Discovery

Adam Bros. Farming, Inc., the Santa Maria, CA-based (Santa Barbara County) ranch that’s been implicated in the multistate Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak, has voluntarily recalled products that also be contaminated.

E. coli Outbreak Strain Found at California Lettuce Farm
December 14, 2018
E. coli Outbreak Strain Found at California Lettuce Farm

One sediment sample from an agricultural water reservoir at the Adams Bros. Farming ranch in Santa Barbara County did test positive for the Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak strain that caused the outbreak.

 

FDA Seeks Data on Food Handling Antiseptics
December 12, 2018
FDA Seeks Data on Food Handling Antiseptics

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposal to create a new and separate regulatory category for antiseptic products used by food handlers.

FDA Testing of Domestic and Imported Fresh Produce Finds Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, and Cyclospora
December 10, 2018
FDA Testing of Domestic and Imported Fresh Produce Finds Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, and Cyclospora

Two new reports on the sampling of whole, fresh avocados and hot peppers were released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week.

FDA Narrows Down Contaminated Lettuce Origin to 33 Distributors, Growers, and Farms
December 7, 2018
FDA Narrows Down Contaminated Lettuce Origin to 33 Distributors, Growers, and Farms

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released new information about the most recent Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from California.

Study: Listeria and Antimicrobial Resistance
December 5, 2018
Study: Listeria and Antimicrobial Resistance

A recent study conducted by the University of Surrey’s BioProChem group looks at how Listeria grows in food when novel, milder processing techniques are used.

Raw Beef Recall Doubles to 12 Million Pounds Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
December 4, 2018
Raw Beef Recall Doubles to 12 Million Pounds Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

The JBS meat plant in Tolleson, AZ, is now recalling more than 5 million pounds of meat on top of what was previously recalled in October 2018. This brings the total amount of recalled beef to 12,093,271 pounds.

FDA Shares New Online Tool to Assist with Menu Labeling Compliance
December 3, 2018
FDA Shares New Online Tool to Assist with Menu Labeling Compliance

To help the food industry, regulators, and consumers to better understand what’s required under new menu labeling rules, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shared a new online education module.  

South African Court Close to Certifying Class Action in World's Worst Listeriosis Outbreak
November 30, 2018
South African Court Close to Certifying Class Action in World's Worst Listeriosis Outbreak

Instead of delaying the process, Tiger Brands has agreed to move forward with a class action lawsuit waged against them.

Romaine Lettuce Shipments Resume, But Safety Warnings Persist
November 29, 2018
Romaine Lettuce Shipments Resume, But Safety Warnings Persist

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its original advisory, saying that retail and restaurant shipments of romaine lettuce could resume, according to the Calfornia Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

FDA Identifies Six California Counties Where Contaminated Romaine Lettuce Originated
November 28, 2018
FDA Identifies Six California Counties Where Contaminated Romaine Lettuce Originated

FDA identifies what counties in California are associated with the most recent E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

 

FDA: Contaminated Romaine Lettuce is from California
November 27, 2018
FDA: Contaminated Romaine Lettuce is from California

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two statements updating the public about the most recent Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Here’s what we now know from those statements.

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