Category Government Agencies

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: Is it ‘reckless misconduct’ to grow, process and sell romaine lettuce?

Opinion We have a romaine E. coli case in Idaho of a young man who suffered a severe case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), was hospitalized for a month and incurred nearly $250,000 in medical expenses and lost wages. He has a risk of future kidney complications, (including a transplant), but not likely to meet... Continue Reading Read More

No plan for sanctions against Poland as Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs expands

The European Commission says that no measures against Poland are envisioned “for the time being” as a Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs continues to grow. Almost 1,500 people have been sickened by Salmonella Enteritidis with a link to Polish eggs in the outbreak that has lasted more than six years and affected 18 countries. In an update... Continue Reading Read More

Letter grades for restaurants helped reduce Salmonella illnesses in New York City

After implementation of letter grading for restaurant inspections, the rate of Salmonella infections decreased 5.3 percent per year in New York City versus the rest of New York state from 2011-2015, compared with the period before implementation, 2006-2010. Posting restaurant inspection results as letter grades at the point of service coincides with a decline in... 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

Canada warns public about danger of Salmonella in raw breaded chicken

Canada’s Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health is warning the public about the risk of Salmonella illnesses from frozen raw breaded chicken products. “Canadians need to be aware that even though these products may appear to be cooked, they are not,” the Council for Chief Medical Officers of Health warned. The Council’s top officers,... 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

E. coli a factor in death of British tourists while on vacation in Egypt

E. coli infection played a role in the deaths of two British tourists in Egypt, according to the country’s authorities. John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley in England, died while on holiday at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in the resort of Hurghada in August. The Egyptian general prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, issued a statement saying post-mortem... Continue Reading Read More

Federal grant funds research to improve safety of oysters on high-priced menus

The USDA has given more than $450,000 for a research project designed to increase the safety of certain commercially farmed oysters from the Gulf Coast that are “bound for the premium half-shell market.” A marine scientist at Auburn University, Bill Walton, is known as one of the driving forces behind the Gulf Coast’s up-and-coming, off-bottom... Continue Reading Read More