USDA launches web-based label approval system

The label approval process for meat, poultry and eggs could get much quicker thanks to the launch of a new, web-based system today.

The Label Submission Approval System will allow food manufacturers to submit label applications to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) online. The system will automatically flag errors in the application […]

Ladies and gentlemen, here are your Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal safety

With kittens comes ringworm

Kittens may be cute, but they could be harboring something much less precious than they are.

Salmonella outbreak linked to undersized turtles

The small […]

Rhode Island Senate approves new food allergen bill, while U.S. Congress considers additional food allergen-related legislation

Restaurant employees in Rhode Island could soon have a new set of rules to follow when it comes to food allergens.

The possible changes stem from a bill passed Thursday in the Rhode Island Senate that requires all food service businesses to have a food protection manager who is trained and certified to deal with […]

Researchers find new compound to combat Campylobacter

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Campylobacter may have met its match.

And, in a stunning twist, it’s the same substance that makes Dracula cringe – garlic.

Researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound derived from garlic, diallyl sulfide, is 100 times more effective against Campylobacter than some of the antibiotics used to treat […]

Equine herpes virus reported in Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky

A Colorado facility is under quarantine after one of its horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Friday, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA).

EHV-1 is a highly contagious virus in horses that can cause severe respiratory and neurological problems, failed pregnancy and in the worst cases, death. The virus commonly is spread […]

Food allergies vs. food intolerances: What’s the difference?

People have issues with food. Some have allergies, some have intolerances, and some people just really don’t like peanuts. But without proper diagnosis, things can get muddled. So, in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, here’s a crash course in food allergies and intolerances, and how they’re different. For definitions of specific terms, check out […]

Here’s to a new week: Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 13 to 19 marks Food Allergy Awareness Week, which spotlights a condition that afflicts an estimated 15 million people in the U.S. alone. Here are some […]

Next week is Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 13 to 19 marks Food Allergy Awareness Week, which shines a light on food allergies and their implications.

An estimated 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from food allergies – about 4 percent of adults and 6 to 8 percent of children. Although more than 160 foods have been identified as containing naturally-occurring […]

Report: Majority of consumers consider U.S. food supply safe, number of those who want more information on food labels up

Most U.S. consumers consider the food supply safe, but they still want more information, according to a survey released today.

The number of Americans who want more information on food labels has risen 6 percent in the last two years, according to an International Food Council survey.

About 24 percent of consumers indicated they would […]

FSMA goes global: Jamaican companies ready themselves for regulations

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, or FSMA, has been in the news a lot lately as the food industry awaits the arrival of regulations that will overhaul the system. But it isn’t just companies and agencies in the U.S. that will be affected – the legislation has a massive focus on imports.

Companies […]