FSMA Produce Safety Rule inspections to start this spring

The Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was established to set standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and storage of the fruits and vegetables that we eat every day.

Like other FSMA rules, its implementation is gradual, giving producers time to outfit their operations and procedures in a way that […]

As U.S. recalls hit 5-year low, FDA strengthens guidance on recall notices

A guidance document finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week strengthens the way companies issue public notices about their voluntary recalls, as well as elaborates on situations in which the FDA can issue its own warning about a product.

The document is aimed to help the FDA keep potentially unsafe food […]

U.S. FDA to resume some high-risk food inspections during federal shutdown

Last week, media outlets reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was halting most of the unannounced inspections of food production facilities as part of the ongoing partial shutdown of the country’s government. Particularly of concern was the stopping of high-risk food surveillance. Now, the FDA has announced that it will resume inspections […]

Does the U.S. government shutdown affect food safety?

Amid the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, discussions have flurried about the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has halted some surveillance inspections at food production facilities.

People are particularly concerned about the stopping of high-risk food surveillance. High-risk foods, like seafood and produce, are more susceptible to contamination with foodborne […]

FDA releases first results in 10-year study on food safety in restaurants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the middle of a 10-year-long study on food safety practices in the nation’s restaurants, including food preparation techniques and employee behaviors. Recently, the administration published results from its first year of data collection.

The study, which encompasses both fast food and sit-down restaurants, looks at how […]

Interest brewing in kombucha as healthy beer and soda alternative

Kombucha — a fun word to say, and to an increasing number of people, a fun drink to consume.

Kombucha is a type of lightly fermented, somewhat vinegary-tasting tea that has exploded in popularity with health food fans. It’s made using tea that has been brewed in a normal way, with sugar added, and then […]

Pre-cut melons recalled after Salmonella outbreak sickens 60

While out enjoying the sunshine this season, many in the U.S. are picnicking with popular summer fruits like watermelons and cantaloupes.

However, a voluntary recall of several pre-cut melon products has now been issued after at least 60 people in multiple states were infected with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella Adelaide.

The products implicated, according to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tox Tuesday: FDA asks drug maker to pull powerful opioid painkiller

For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked a pharmaceutical company to take one of its products off the market.

Endo Pharmaceuticals produces Opana ER, a highly potent opioid painkiller intended for patients who require “daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment…for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.”

The drug, like […]