Category Food Policy & Law

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

Amazon says food warehouse isn’t subject to FDA food rule

After Amazon took over Whole Foods Market locations nationwide this past August in a $13.7 billion acquisition, it still did not see a need to register a Kentucky food warehouse with the Food and Drug Administration. The 10-year-old dispute between the FDA and the world’s largest internet company by revenue crept into the headlines in only the... Continue Reading Read More

Yesterday’s uninformed habits are tomorrow’s known threats

From time to time, I am asked why food safety hazards seem more prevalent now than they were two, three or more decades ago. Why are more types of food at risk? Where were Norovirus, Listeria monocytogenes, and other foodborne pathogens back then? Why were we able to sample raw cake batter and raw cookie... Continue Reading Read More

A silver anniversary marked by change

Editor’s note: This opinion column by Richard Raymond was originally published by feedstuffs.com and is reprinted here with permission. Lives were lost but because of the losses many more lives have subsequently been lived happily and disease free, at least free of diseases spread by contaminated food. Twenty-five years ago, Riley Detwiler of Bellingham, WA,... Continue Reading Read More

Smucker confirms euthinasia drug in popular dog food brands

The FDA has posted notice of a voluntary recall by The J.M. Smucker Company Inc. of canned dog food after the company confirmed pentobarbital in tallow used to manufactured the affected products. In all, the recall covers more than 107 million cans of dog food in several flavors sold under the Gravy Train, Kibbles ’N Bits, Skippy... Continue Reading Read More