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Food Safety

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Announces Standardized Approach to Residues without Established Public Health Tolerances – USDA FSIS announced today that it is standardizing the approach it will take […]

Chinese ractopamine rules go into effect

Starting today, companies that export pork from the U.S. to China must provide documentation certifying the products are free of the feed additive ractopamine.

The new requirements follow import restrictions imposed on U.S. beef, pork and turkey by Russia in February.

Ractopamine is used to promote lean muscle growth in cows, pigs and turkeys. It […]

EU displeased with Codex Alimentarius ractopamine ruling

The Council of the European Union has voiced concerns regarding a ruling earlier this year that set a maximum residue limit for a veterinary drug used to increase growth in some livestock and poultry, while keeping the animals lean.

The Council took aim at the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which creates international food standards and guidelines, […]

Study: Eating fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer

The phrase “eat your vegetables,” might take on more important meaning after new research claims thousands of cancer cases could be prevented if people ate more produce, according to a recent peer-reviewed study.

If half the U.S. population ate one more serving of fruit or vegetables a day, about 20,000 cases of cancer could be […]

Codex Alimentarius Commission sets new maximum residue limit on ractopamine

A veterinary drug used to increase growth in cattle, swine and turkeys while keeping them lean is subject to a new standard, following a narrow vote by a United Nations regulatory group.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, which creates international food standards and guidelines, voted 69-67 to set a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the beta […]

FSIS to step up residue testing in eggs, poultry and meat

The federal government is increasing its emphasis on residue testing in some food products, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday.

Later this summer, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to launch “new, modern, high efficiency” methods for detecting legal and illegal residues in meat, poultry and egg products, according […]