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 […]

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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FDA issues food safety guidelines for facilities affected by hurricanes

Southeastern Americans and Caribbean residents are pulling themselves up and pulling together after two hurricanes wreaked havoc in the areas in a short time frame.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma destroyed homes and took lives in the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean. The floodwaters they left are fraught with risk; pathogens, chemical contaminants and other hidden […]

Don’t be an Easter party pooper

Nobody likes to be sick on a holiday.

Whether you celebrate Easter or just like making your food colorful, it’s important to make sure any Easter eggs you decorate this season are done so in a way that won’t cause you to get sick.

When we incorporate eggs into decorations and activities like egg hunts, […]

Monday Links

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

How some chickens got striped feathers – Science Daily Birds show an amazing diversity in plumage color and patterning. But what are the genetic mechanisms creating such patterns? Researchers now report that two […]

New “best if used by” food label advised by USDA

A new food labeling guidance from the USDA was announced yesterday in an effort to reduce consumer confusion over “best by” and “sell by” dates on food. In turn, the guidance also hopes to decrease the amount of wasted food and boost in-home food safety practices by providing more specific information.

Although infant formula is […]

FDA completes FSMA with finalization of last rule

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon require food companies to have a written food defense plan to protect their products from deliberate contamination intended to cause widespread harm to the public.

This announcement came last week, and is the last of seven major rules of the Food Safety Modernization […]

Bill blocks states from requiring GMO labels on food

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday and blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, also known as GMO foods. Instead, labeling of GMO foods and ingredients will now be on a voluntary basis.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who authored […]

Monday links

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Animal Science

Could Feeding Livestock Hemp, Contaminate Food with Cannabis? – The Pig Site European scientists and food safety experts have called for more research and information on the risks to consumers of […]

New technology tracks Listeria through DNA sequencing

Genetic epidemiology is changing the detection of foodborne illnesses, according to a new study performed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in which researchers have sequenced the DNA of every Listeria sample tied to an illness in the United States—about 800 per year.

The new detection method can identify gaps in […]