Russian ban on U.S. meat over ractopamine to begin in February

Russia has announced it will ban chilled and frozen U.S. meat imports after the U.S. did not move to certify its meat was free of the feed additive ractopamine.

The ban begins Feb. 4 for chilled meat and Feb. 11 for frozen meat, Meat and reports.

In December, Russia announced it would begin testing […]

CDC reports highlight foodborne illness trends

Pathogens on leafy greens and in dairy products sickened the most people, while pathogens from poultry caused the most deaths between 1998 and 2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report investigated more than 4,500 foodborne illness outbreaks throughout 17 food categories. Of the 17, leafy greens contributed to 2.1 […]

Japan to allow more imports of U.S. beef

Japan is set to loosen restrictions imposed on the import of U.S. beef after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in the U.S. in 2006.

Beginning Feb. 1, Japan will allow the import of beef and beef products derived from cattle younger than 30 months old, according to Food Safety News.

Currently, beef […]

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Poultry vaccinations credited for U.K.’s big drop in Salmonella – Food Safety News

Just how big of a drop? Lab-confirmed cases fell from roughly 18,000 in 1993 to just […]

Survey: Kentucky is world equine leader

Kentucky sure has earned the title of Horse Capital of the World, according to initial findings from the University of Kentucky.

The state is home to approximately 242,400 horses with the total value of “equine and equine-related assets” topping an estimated $23.4 billion. About 1.1 million acres are used for equine-related purposes. The state also […]

Research: Cows, snakes share DNA

Have genetic information, will travel?

Bov-B does.

Roughly a quarter of a cow’s genetic makeup originally came from reptiles, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and highlighted by Australia’s ABC News.


Food allergies, other food-related issues may fall under disability law

Severe food allergies and intolerances such as celiac disease may constitute a disability, following a settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and a Massachusetts college.

The decision, which came after a student at the college went to the government about the lack of gluten-free options at the school, may make businesses and colleges more vulnerable […]

New drinking water rules aim to enhance safety

The past couple months have seen a slew of new rules.

Although many are related to food safety (such as two long awaited rules from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA), drinking water safety also received an upgrade.

Announced in December, the changes overhaul the Total Coliform Rule (TCR), which has been used […]

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A look back at food safety in Obama’s first term – Food Safety News

From the Food Safety Modernization Act to the declaring of new adulterants, it’s been a […]

U.S., Canada adopt animal disease zoning agreement

The U.S. and Canada are taking more steps toward cooperation in “aligning the two countries’ regulations.”

On Wednesday, the two nations announced they intend to recognize zoning measures put in the place by the other in the case of “highly contagious foreign animal disease outbreak,” according to a statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.