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FDA enlists NC State to chart transmission routes for Salmonella – Food Safety News

The team will look at routes of transmission for Salmonella, in particular Salmonella Enteritidis, in […]

New Zealand may allow some designer drugs

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Producers of designer drugs in New Zealand may soon be able to legally sell their wares – if they can prove they have a “low risk of harm”.

The law, which was recommended for passage last week, would affect drugs often referred to as “legal highs”, because […]

FSIS proposes mechanically-tenderized beef rules

New rules may be on the way for mechanically-tenderized beef products.

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed new requirements for labeling beef that has been mechanically tenderized as well as adding additional cooking instructions to help consumers cook it safely.

Mechanical tenderization is a process some meat cuts […]

USDA publishes final COOL rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final version of the changes to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for muscle cut commodities last week.

The rule changes how these commodities are labeled to require the origin designation to include information not only on where the meat came from (currently often listed as “Product of the U.S.”), […]

Europe looks to overhaul food safety system

The European Commission (EC) this week adopted a group of measures to simplify and improve the food chain in member countries.

The package also cuts down the amount of legislation surrounding the food chain from the current 70 pieces of legislation to only five, as represented in the package. The new approach also aims to […]

FDA could extend produce rule comment period

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to extend the comment period deadline on one of the rules stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Food Safety News reports FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the extension could be for another 120 days. The end of the first 120 day comment period […]

Russia to increase ractopamine restrictions on Canada

Russia is set to further restrict Canadian meat imports over the feed additive ractopamine.

Since the measures first were announced in December, Canada still had been able to export small amounts of meat that was free of ractopamine to Russia. However, the new restrictions could severely impact meat exports to Russia, including about $15 million […]

New certification service for egg-containing products available

Two U.S. regulatory agencies have unveiled a new export certification program for food products containing egg.

The new program, established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will help companies certify exports, which often is required by companies outside the U.S. and foreign governments. These certifications help […]

USDA publishes proposed changes to country of origin labeling (COOL)

A proposed rule would change labeling on certain products, including meat, to still provide origin information while conforming to international trade agreements.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the proposed change to country of origin labeling (COOL) rule Friday. A pre-publication version currently is available on the Federal Register website, with the final version […]

As senators push for action on Russian import restrictions, China looks at ractopamine

A group of U.S. senators have called on U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to quickly resolve a Russian ban on U.S. pork, beef and turkey products because of a disagreement over the feed additive ractopamine.

Earlier this month, Russia enacted import restrictions on the products over concerns they may contain ractopamine, a feed additive that […]