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Raw milk still looking for wins as legislative... Legislatures in almost a dozen states this year are considering whether to permit sales in one form or another of raw milk, which public health officials say is dangerous because it has not been pasteurized to remove harmful pathogens. But as many of those sessions wind down, it doesn’t look like there will be many raw milk... Continue Reading

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USDA beefs up scrutiny of Brazilian beef amid... None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once it heard a scandal was brewing.... Continue Reading

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Sustainable organics group urges support for... In advance of the National Organics Standards Board meeting in April, the board’s Crops Subcommittee shared a draft proposal calling for the end of organic certification for hydroponic and aquaponic growers. This proposal, if enacted, will have far reaching and damaging effects on hundreds of producers, thousands of retailers and wholesalers and millions of consumers... Continue Reading

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Three things to expect during unannounced FDA... It’s not a question of if, but when, officials with the Food and Drug Administration will show up at any given food company for an unannounced inspection, with any violations outlined in a Form 483 that is handed off to company representatives as inspectors head out the door. While the Form 483 itself is essentially... Continue Reading

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Dozens sick from soy nut butter; FDA mum on... With the victim count at more than two dozen and expected to increase, lab reports show little doubt that I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter products are implicated in an ongoing E. coli outbreak, but corporate and government officials are still not saying what other products might also be contaminated. Three states — Oregon, Washington... Continue Reading

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Cryptosporidium outbreak traced to Pennsylvania... Eleven confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis from infection by the microscopic parasite  Cryptosporidium have been traced back to the Heaven on Earth Farm in Easton, PA, according to a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Heaven on Earth Farm is a non-profit animal rescue farm. Operators flatly denied any connection to the outbreak in a Facebook... Continue Reading

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‘Filthy Food Bill’ draws fire from host of... Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally published by the Environmental Working Group under the headline “No Rules? No Food Safety” and reflects the views of Scott Faber, EWG’s vice president of government affairs. Below is a letter on the same topic, sent by several organizations — including EWG, the Consumers Union, the Center for Science in the... Continue Reading

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Sonny Perdue set to face Senate ag committee... Secretary of Agriculture-designate Sonny Perdue will finally get his hearing tomorrow before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. President Trump nominated the former Georgia governor to serve as America’s 31st Secretary of Agriculture nine weeks ago. It is not clear why there’s been such a delay in getting the Committee hearing scheduled. The Senate... Continue Reading

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Without inspections, 90 tons of frozen pork... The Los Angeles retailer J & Y Dasung Inc., doing business as Som See Neh, has recalled 178,335 pounds of frozen pork dumpling products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The frozen pork dumplings items were produced from Jan.... Continue Reading

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Civil suit does what FDA won’t — names soy... No one knows how many more people will become victims of an ongoing E. coli outbreak traced to soy nut butter products, partly because consumers don’t know what foods could be contaminated — and the FDA refuses to name the manufacturer. However, a civil action filed Monday by an outbreak victim’s parents may free up the... Continue Reading

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Federal police drop dragnet on Brazilian meat... Brazil’s Federal Police last week were out to clean up some corruption in the country’s meatpacking industry in a big, but targeted way. Two major exporting companies, JBS and BRF, are being probed for possible payoffs to meat inspectors who are being accused of waiving food safety requirements. Brazil on March 17 deployed 1,100 police... Continue Reading

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Reports of sick dogs trigger recalls by... Consumer complaints about sick pets have spurred nationwide recalls by WellPet LLC and Blue Buffalo Co. because of potentially excessive levels of beef thyroid hormone in their dog foods. Each company — WellPet LLC of Tewksbury, MA, and Blue Buffalo Co. of Wilton, CT — recalled specific production lots of one flavor of their canned... Continue Reading

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Multi-drug-resistant Salmonella outbreak from... The multi-state outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections that was linked to contact with dairy bull calves is over. Since its last update Nov. 28, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an additional 15 confirmed cases were added to the outbreak. Five of those required hospitalization. Final counts for the outbreak are 36 confirmed... Continue Reading

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Federal court shuts down powdered milk producer Additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement against Valley Milk Products LLC was taken last week. In  civil action, the government and Valley Milk Products LLC entered into a consent decree of condemnation, and U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Virginia issued an order for a permanent injunction against any distribution of... Continue Reading

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UK’s food crime fighting unit doing some... The United Kingdom’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) is doing a bit of outreach this year.   The 2-year old unit for busting food crimes is inviting people to fill out public surveys and then maybe consider filling out an intelligence report about “any suspicions or information about food crime/fraud…” The NFCU is the police... Continue Reading

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