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Felony criminal cases top 3Q enforcement... The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service enforcement report for the past quarter shows it brought criminal actions in federal courts in Florida and Georgia. As a result, later this month, one defendant will be sentenced, and another will participate in his defense during an upcoming pre-trial hearing. A Grand Jury indicted Randal Hamby, a corporate... Continue Reading

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Rabbit fever ‘unlikely’ in food supply... Transmission of so-called rabbit fever through the food chain is unlikely, according to a risk assessment by a German institute. Francisella tularensis is a highly virulent bacterial pathogen that causes tularemia, also known as rabbit fever. The Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) said 41 cases were reported in the country in 2016 and 34 in 2015. In Europe,... Continue Reading

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Global group says US food safety audit program... Fresh produce growers in the U.S. will have an easier time exporting fruits and vegetables now that an international group has given its stamp of approval to a federal food safety audit program. The nod from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced Monday grants technical equivalency to the USDA’s Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)... Continue Reading

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FDA continues to review possible link between... A diet rich in legumes or potatoes might be linked to an increased risk of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), according to the Food and Drug Administration. Prior to issuing a public notice on July 12, the FDA had received sporadic reports involving 30 dogs and 7 cats over a three-year period. During that same period,... Continue Reading

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FDA Commissioner Gottlieb tweets about plans to... Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is tweeting about his plans “in coming weeks” to “put out more detailed information about what different terms mean on food packaging, to help consumers best use claims like organic, antibiotic free-etc.” Gottlieb said he wanted to share “a few initial thoughts” because the issues were in the... Continue Reading

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FDA sends warnings to 3 seafood processors for... Three seafood companies that export seafood to the United States on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, in addition to several other U.S. food safety laws. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in Latvia, Portugal, and Taiwan in April, May, and July. The... Continue Reading

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Nuts, seeds lead 2Q recall stats for EU Nuts, nut products and seeds was the top food product category recalled in Europe, according to a second quarter index by Stericycle Expert Solutions. The category, with 156 recalls, came ahead of fruits and vegetables with 118 recalls and fish and fish products with 81 recalls.  Nuts, nut products and seeds was also the top... Continue Reading

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Is the edible marijuana industry doomed to... Opinion It seems like edible cannabis is available everywhere these days. Dispensaries are popping up around the country, and people can easily purchase edible marijuana online, including on popular e-retail sites like Etsy and Amazon. It’s available in a variety of forms, including capsules, lollipops, gummy bears, cookies, chocolate bars and brownies. All you have to do... Continue Reading

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Public Health closes Fremont Bowl restaurant in... Known for its Chirashi bowl, but called The Fremont Bowl for its Seattle location, a small, but popular Japanese restaurant was forced to close Friday by Public Health. Seattle-King County Public Health closed The Fremont Bowl, located at  4258 Fremont Ave N, Ste #4262, Seattle, WA 98103, at 10:45 a.m., Aug. 10, 2018, due to... Continue Reading

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Rural Missouri hospital reports Salmonella... Missouri’s Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) is reporting at least 23 cases of Salmonella have been diagnosed since  August 6.    And more than 30 cases may be involved in the outbreak, according to the Perry County Health Department, which does not yet know the source of the infections. Patient ages range from 2 to... Continue Reading

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