California approves strictest animal antibiotic use law in U.S.

California recently became the first state to limit the routine use of the drugs in animal agriculture by passing a bill that bans the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their use to prevent illness or promote growth.

Calling the overuse of antibiotics “an urgent public health problem,” Gov. Jerry Brown said the bill […]

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FDA Urged to Require Allergen Labeling for Sesame Seeds – Food Safety News As many as 500,000 Americans are estimated to be allergic to sesame seeds, but current rules on allergen labeling […]

Biotoxin outbreak impacting California coast sea life

The spread of algal blooms along stretches of the California’s Central Coast has produced an outbreak of a deadly biotoxin, and resulted in the deaths of large numbers of marine animals.

Scientists have identified the marine biotoxin domoic acid as the culprit in the outbreak. Domoic acid is produced by algae and accumulates in shellfish […]

Severe drought continues in California

Recent heavy thunderstorms have done little to alleviate the severe drought conditions throughout almost all of California.

According the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, “severe” drought covers 99.8% of California. In May, 100% of the state was in “severe” drought.

The LA Times reports that a “series of thunderstorms that have hit California […]

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Only a few more days until we’re officially in summer! While we’re gearing up for a heat wave at headquarters in Lansing, Michigan, across the pond, we’re celebrating Food Safety Week 2014 in the United Kingdom (UK). We are also about to gather together for our International Sales Meeting later on this week. It’s safe […]

The rise of the organic farmer

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic farming “produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics.” The industry touts natural foods, using natural products, giving customers a sense of, well, nature in their foods as opposed to preservatives, additives and GMOs.

And […]