Food safety 101: Thanksgiving edition

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk turkey.

And stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce – no matter what your favorite Thanksgiving treat, they all have one thing in common: the need for food safety. Pulling together such a giant meal takes a ton of work. However, keeping food safety in mind can prevent all […]

Allergens again top reason for food recalls

Allergen mislabeling or contamination issues continue to be the leading cause for food recalls, according to a new report.

During the third quarter of 2013, about 40 percent of food recalls were associated with food allergens. This represents the “single largest cause of food recalls” for those initiated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

Tox Tuesday: Stanozolol

Humans aren’t the only ones with rules governing drug use – racehorses also must abide by certain regulations.

Stanozolol is only one of the anabolic steroids regulated across the horse racing industry. It is used to enhance muscle strength as well as increase appetite and weight gain. The drug is listed as a class 3 […]

Here are your Thanksgiving 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 safety

To wash or not to wash…your turkey? – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Washing turkeys can spread bacteria throughout the kitchen, and may cause more harm than good.

FDA […]

Norovirus and mollusks: An explainer

If there’s one thing to know about norovirus, it’s that it’s bad news.

Not only does the virus cause a person to be very ill (symptoms include “explosive” vomiting multiple times a day, along with diarrhea), it also is highly contagious. Although norovirus infection is most commonly associated with eating food contaminated by someone who […]

Ask the Vet Live segment on equine botulism tonight

Want to learn more about equine botulism? Tune into The Horse.com’s Ask the Vet Live segment at 8 p.m. EST tonight for information on the disease, from risk factors to signs and symptoms.

The segment will feature Neogen’s Director of Professional Services Dr. James Little and Dr. Allison Stewart, a professor of equine internal medicine […]

Scotland to tighten food safety rules

Almost a year after the horse meat incident in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, Scotland is moving to create tougher food safety rules.

The new laws will require non-compliance with food regulations, such as food fraud, to be reported and will grant more authority to enforcement officials to confiscate products that don’t meet […]

Comment periods on import rules extended

Interested parties will have more time to comment on two rules that will affect foods imported into the U.S.

Commonly called the foreign supplier rule and third party audit rule, the two rules are set to enhance the safety of imported foods, animal feed and ingredients by requiring producers in other countries to meet standards […]

Catch up on the news with the 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 safety

Vilsack: Let WTO resolve the country-of-origin labeling – Food Safety News

The U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law should be decided by the World Trade Organization (WTO) rather than […]

FDA extends comment periods after technical difficulties

Following several outages of the website used to collect comments on proposed rule, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it was extending the comment periods on two Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules for seven days.

The comment periods on the preventive controls for human foods rule and the produce rule were […]