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U.S. representative, advocates say food safety... The head of the Food and Drug Administration has taken some good steps toward restoring food safety inspections as the partial government shutdown approaches the one month mark, but without a budget deal between Congress and the President, advocates say his path is at a dead end. During a briefing yesterday for the Congressional Food... Continue Reading

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MMWR reports on how backyard flock outbreak... The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) earlier this month explored one of the ways that more than 70 Salmonella outbreaks related to backyard poultry flocks have occurred since 2000. MMWR, published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, reported on a joint study by the Michigan Department of Health and... Continue Reading

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Auditors find EU chemical hazards system is... The European Union’s system for protecting consumers from chemical hazards in food is overstretched, according to a report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The audit between December 2017 and May 2018 concentrated on chemical hazards — poisonous substances that occur naturally or are added during food production or handling. Examples include cleaning agents,... Continue Reading

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Stricter food contamination penalties proposed... Plans to create stronger penalties for deliberate food contamination are being considered in New Zealand. Nathan Guy, a member of parliament for the New Zealand National Party, has proposed a Member’s Bill to protect people from food safety threats by “reckless pranksters” or people intent on “economic sabotage.” “Recent events here in New Zealand and... Continue Reading

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Dozens sick after eating raw oysters; Hog... California officials have closed some commercial shellfish farming areas while they investigate an outbreak of norovirus that has sickened at least 44 people who reported eating raw oysters from Hog Island Oysters. The company agreed to recall its “Sweetwater” and “Atlantic” oysters from a total of more than 40 restaurants and retailers in California, according... Continue Reading

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Industry wants to keep working on Safe Food... The influential Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition hailed the new Safe Food For Canadians Act regulations that began to take effect across Canada Tuesday, promising to continue work to make them “world class.” The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) replaced 14 sets of regulations as of Jan. 15 this year. The new single... Continue Reading

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EU tightens import rules for some fruits,... The European Commission has updated the list of imported products subject to official controls including the frequency of checks. Black pepper from Brazil and crushed or ground Capsicum from China are among the items added to the legislation, which is updated every six months and already applicable. Reasons for increased official controls on certain imports of... Continue Reading

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Raw milk cheese pulled from retailers in Quebec... Canadian authorities confirmed Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of cheese made with raw milk, prompting the recall of Bio Busti brand Pecorino Stagionato. It can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms to develop, but there haven’t been any illnesses reported yet. As with all unpasteurized, raw milk and foods made with it,... Continue Reading

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CDC says outbreak linked to Duncan Hines cake... Federal officials declared yesterday afternoon that the Salmonella Agbeni outbreak associated with Duncan Hines cake mixes appears to be over. However, the best-by dates on recalled mixes don’t hit until March, so a continuing threat exists. The outbreak and related recall illustrates how foods with long shelf lives can cause extra concern for public health... Continue Reading

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Norwegian fish dish linked to botulism case A traditional Norwegian fish dish has been recalled due to a link with a case of botulism. Torpet Fiskeoppdrettsanlegg AS recalled rakfisk due to suspicions that consumption can cause botulism. Rakfisk is a traditional Norwegian fish dish made from trout or char, salted and then fermented for up to a year before being eaten without... Continue Reading

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Articles last updated at Jan 17, 2019 07:24:57am.
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