Defining ‘organic’ in a changing world

What does “organic” mean to you? Is food grown hydroponically organic? Consumers, producers and regulators at times have their own understanding of how organically produced food is or should be. To some, certain parts of the production process are more valuable, or more relevant to, the label than others.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]

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Can horses be taught to pee on command? — The Horse One veterinarian tackles an issue submitted by a reader: a mare with a bad habit of urinating as soon as she enters her freshly-bedded […]

Japan and Australia continue to investigate chemical-contaminated barley

Azoxystrobin is a common agricultural fungicide that protects plants and produce from fungal diseases. It’s used especially for grain farming. While the chemical has its uses for protecting food safety and quality, residues at certain levels can be unsafe for human consumption.

Unfortunately, unsafe levels have now been found to have reached consumers after a […]

Seven years post-tsunami, Fukushima struggles with food safety stigma

It’s been seven years since a horrifyingly powerful tsunami hit the eastern coast of Japan, taking out a nuclear reactor in the prefecture of Fukushima. Nearby farms were immediately contaminated by radiation, leading 55 countries worldwide to block imports of seafood, produce and other food items from the region.

Now, after years of recovery and […]

Tox Tuesday: FDA issues first-ever mandatory food recall amid kratom Salmonella outbreak

After repeated attempts to encourage a voluntary recall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has imposed a mandatory recall of all kratom-related goods produced by Triangle Pharmanaturals, LLC, after several of the company’s products tested positive for Salmonella.

The mandatory recall is a first for the agency since the Food Safety Modernization Act gave […]

Over 200 million eggs recalled due to Salmonella

Before you break out the frying pan this morning for your sunny-side-up breakfast, be sure to check out this recent food recall notice: nearly 207 million eggs were voluntarily recalled Friday due to possible contamination with the pathogenic bacteria Salmonella.

“Consumers who have purchased shell eggs are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled […]

Case study: Dip manufacturer reduces Listeria positive rates to under 0.5% using Listeria Right Now

Listeria, as one of the most dangerous foodborne pathogens, poses a risk to consumer health as well as a company’s brand. It’s one of the most persistent food safety concerns faced by the food manufacturing industry today. Because of the lethality of this pathogen, many companies hold product until traditional lab tests determine the product […]

Research: Indian food safety funding increases needed to save lives

As its middle class grows, India is increasingly working to improve the safety of its food supply. And while food companies take steps to implement and improve, for example, sanitation monitoring programs and similar measures, researchers are looking ahead to figure out how foodborne illnesses will impact the country’s future.

Using a macroeconomic computational model, […]

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Animal Science:

Dairy farmers use fitness trackers to monitor cows — Associated Press Dairy farmers now track moo-vement and a bunch of udder data. The dairy industry is turning to fitness trackers to monitor cows’ health and […]

Top food safety violations of 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its inspection data for the 2017 fiscal year, which is a general overview of the violations the agency cited during routine food facility inspections. Now, a list of the most common food safety violations has been compiled.

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