Category Food Policy & Law

CFIA now empowered to levy food safety fines of up to $15,000

Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials say they’re already using the agency’s new power to assess “Administrative Monetary Penalties” of up to $15,000 against food businesses for for violations that threaten food safety and market access for Canadian goods. The government says it is committed to maintaining a strong food safety system, which now includes the... Continue Reading Read More

Glyphosate use may be OK on farms, gardens, but Bayer may pay for it

Its critics say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has “doubled down” on the active ingredient in Roundup, the popular weed killer. But that’s probably an overstatement. On April 30 the EPA changed Roundup’s label requirements with suggested application measures to reduce glyphosate drift and disclosure about herbicide resistance. New instructions will advise against spraying Roundup... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: If I was part of Catio Foods, I’d be nervous

Opinion Criminal prosecutions in food cases have been quiet for the last few years. Outbreak 2: The recent multistate investigation began on April 2, 2019, when CDC’s PulseNet identified the Salmonella Carrau outbreak. As of April 24, 2019, 117 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau have been reported from 10 states – Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri,... Continue Reading Read More

FDA finds Listeria, Salmonella in U.S. ice cream production plants

This week the Food and Drug Administration released its findings from inspections and environmental sampling for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella at 89 ice cream production facilities in 32 states that the agency conducted from Sept. 12, 2016, through Aug. 30, 2017. The FDA detected Listeria monocytogenes in 19 of the facilities; however, only one of... Continue Reading Read More

The little mushroom that could, with a little help from its gene-snipping friends

White button mushrooms. For some people, they’re a cooking staple. For others, they’re not even on the shopping list. But no matter where they fall in a consumer’s bank of preferences, these popular mushrooms are in the forefront of what some are hailing as the “latest breakthrough” in crop breeding: gene editing, often referred to as... Continue Reading Read More

Companies started shipping romaine Monday; FDA names implicated counties

Many companies in the romaine lettuce supply chain resumed shipping Monday after a week-long voluntary hiatus. Nationwide, the majority of the industry shut down and recalled all romaine products Nov. 23 at the request of the FDA. The FDA made the request, two days before Thanksgiving, in conjunction with the its announcement of a new... Continue Reading Read More

Lawmaker says new outbreak shows USDA, poultry industry need to act

Five years after U.S. representatives wrote to the USDA about the agency’s “unacceptable” response to Salmonella outbreaks traced to chicken, one of the lawmakers says déjà vu is not acceptable as a food safety policy.   Federal health officials announced yesterday that 92 people are confirmed infected in a new outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Infantis... Continue Reading Read More

Victim says education would have made a difference, and it still can

Opinion Editor’s note: This is part of series of articles and opinion columns we are publishing in recognition of September as Food Safety Education Month. How many times have you thought through every detail of an experience and asked yourself, “What could I have done differently?” Probably thousands. But how many times have you combed... Continue Reading Read More

Campylobacter levels in UK chicken hold steady

Almost 4 percent of fresh whole chickens produced in the United Kingdom showed Campylobacter contamination above maximum allowed levels, according to the latest results. Testing from the top nine retailers in the UK on samples from April to June 2018 found 3.7 percent of chickens were carrying more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: Why are these fish still on store shelves?

On July 23rd Pepperidge Farms recalled Goldfish crackers because they might be tainted with Salmonella – including packages with the UPC number 1410004921. Guess what was being sold – and purchased – on July 26 at 3 p.m. at a Safeway grocery store in Saint Helena, CA? FDA, seriously, it is time to make the... Continue Reading Read More