Trick-or-treating tips for food allergies

For kids with food allergies, trick-or-treating can be, well, tricky.

To help make it easier and to keep it fun and safe, here a few trick-or-treating tips from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). The full list is available here.

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FDA: Spice risk profile to open for comments

The contamination of spices with microbial and other hazards poses a “systematic challenge”, according to a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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India: Right to unadulterated food is linked to Constitution

India’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the right to safe, unadulterated food is enshrined within the constitution.

The ruling came as part of a case involving the effect of soft drinks on health, especially the health of children, the New Indian Express reports. Among other items, the court’s ruling states that existing regulations must […]

Tox Tuesday: Meth

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Despite its devastating effects, methamphetamine continues to be a serious problem in the U.S. and abroad.

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, comes in a myriad of forms with numerous ways to abuse the drug. Traditional meth typically is in pill or powder form, while crystal […]

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Five tips for dodging frightful food allergies this Halloween – American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI)

The ACAAI has some great tips on how to make trick-or-treating […]

FDA releases fifth FSMA rule, animal food is focus

A new rule stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is taking aim at making animal food, including pet food and livestock feed, safer.

The rule, called Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, is the fifth rule released under the FSMA umbrella. It focuses on preventive measures to safeguard animal food from a […]

CDC believes some Texas Cyclospora cases associated with raw cilantro

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Some cases in Texas of a parasite that sickened hundreds across 25 states may be linked to cilantro, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.

As of the latest figures, 643 people in the U.S. have been sickened by […]

FDA searching for cause of illnesses linked to jerky pet treats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reaching out to pet owners and veterinarians in an effort to trace the source of illnesses linked to jerky-style pet treats.

Since 2007, FDA has issued several consumer alerts regarding jerky treats, which have been associated with illnesses in 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. […]

Comment period extended for Salmonella and tree nut risk assessment

Those wishing to comment on a planned risk assessment regarding Salmonella in tree nuts now have more time to do so.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the comment period for the assessment from the original date of Oct. 16 to Dec. 16, 2013 after the agency received extension requests to allow interested […]

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Label backlog and expedited label evaluation process (Constituent update) – U.S. Department of Agriculture

With the U.S. government up and running again, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has […]