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 […]

Tox Tuesday: Despite controversy, FDA approves powerful new opioid painkiller

A highly potent opioid drug has gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, despite critics’ fears that another powerful opioid on the market will pose a public health threat.

The drug, going under the brand name Dsuvia, is an under-the-tongue tablet version of an already existing opioid, sufentanil, which is usually administered intravenously. Traditionally, […]

FDA: Don’t be an Easter egg hunt casualty!

Egg coloring and decorating is a tradition that many take part in this time of year. If the proper precautions are not followed however, your spring-time celebration could take a turn for the worst.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 142,000 illnesses each year are caused by consuming eggs contaminated with Salmonella, […]

Beef growth additive ban lifted in South Korea

The controversial animal feed additive, zilpaterol, will now be allowed in South Korea after a ban on the growth-booster used in cattle was lifted earlier this month.

According to a report from International Business Times, the lifting of the ban will now allow imports and domestic sale of beef from cattle given zilpaterol to be […]