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FDA Reminds Egg Product Exporters of New USDA Procedures

October 22, 2014 11:14 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds exporters of food products containing eggs or egg products regulated by FDA that export certificates for these products will be issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as of November 10, 2014. 

Maryland Firm Recalls Nearly 28K Pounds of Lamb Products

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by FDA | News | Comments

E.&B.’s Natural Way is recalling...

Mass. Firm Recalls 115K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 17, 2014 9:43 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Shop Packaging LLC, a New Bedford, Massachusetts establishment, is recalling chicken wing...

Onion Growers Relieved by Water Rule Change

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Onion growers say their customers may be more demanding than the federal government has been in...

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Calif. Company Recalls Pumpkin Seed Pesto

October 14, 2014 3:02 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

California Olive and Vine, LLC of Sutter, California is taking precautionary measures and recalling Pumpkin Seed Pesto because of its irregular lab results. The pesto may be contaminated with a botulism toxin that can lead to serious illness or death.

Real Foods Issues Recall on Mexican Cheddar Dip

October 14, 2014 10:56 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Real Foods of Seattle, Washington is recalling 96 units of its Mexican Cheddar Dip product due to an undeclared allergen. The product was distributed and sold throughout the state.                   

SunBurst Foods Issues Recall For Nearly 150 Products

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by FDA | News | Comments

SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling all of its SunBurst, Fresh Bites and Private labeled products which are currently in the market because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Flavors Fuel Food Industry, Remain a Mystery to Consumers

October 9, 2014 2:37 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Five consumer and environmental groups sent a letter to the FDA expressing their concern about the flavor industry, which determines the safety of its own ingredients. The letter noted that safety is sometimes declared based on scientific data that isn't publicly available.

Infographic: FDA Warning Letters Study

October 9, 2014 7:17 am | by Sparta Systems | News | Comments

As of June 30, 2014, there has been 267 Warning Letters issued, which suggests a downward trend for the total amount of warning letters for the year. Among the letters received through June, 44 percent were in the Food and Beverage industry. 

FDA Registration Renewal Period For Food Facilities Begins Oct. 1

October 1, 2014 10:00 am | by David Lennarz, Vice President, Registrar Corp | News | Comments

The registration renewal requirement was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and requires that food facilities renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.   

Sugar: The Curious Ingredient Hiding in Plain Sight

September 25, 2014 9:31 am | by TED-Ed | Videos | Comments

While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect. Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar's many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its way into our diets.

Update: FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

New proposals by the Food and Drug Administration would make it easier for farmers to meet water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer.         

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Infographic: Anticipated Impact of FSMA on Manufacturers, Brand Owners

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports on food manufacturers' perceptions of FSMA and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.        

FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included water and soil quality standards that farms big and small say are too burdensome.

Potential Added Sugar, Portion Rules May Drive Packaging Changes

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Marcelo Ferrer, Director, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc | Articles | Comments

The FDA is intent on improving its labeling standards to encourage healthier eating. The effort, if it happens as proposed, will shine an uncomfortable light on added sugars, calorie counts and portion sizes, and will likely drive changes in formulations and sizing. 

Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA in February sent a letter to Rockland-based Linda Bean's citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. As one of Maine's largest lobster processors, the company is now under investigation by the federal agency.

New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

August 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat replacement in an increasing number of gluten-free products. But now, the USDA is issuing an alert to consumers to actively read food labels before buying these products.

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3 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management, IBS | Articles | Comments

The government has in recent years boosted its oversight of the food supply chain through the most aggressive regulatory overhaul since the mid-20th Century. Yet, every year hundreds of voluntary recalls threaten the reputation of the brands that sell them.

Regulation Uncertainty Kills A Product Line

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet, causing cheesemakers to pull popular product lines.               

Consumer Group Asks Food Facilities to Accurately Label Sugars

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Citizens for Health | News | Comments

One of the country's oldest consumer action groups, the Citizens for Health, has filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration to compel food manufacturing facilities to spell out the type of sweeteners they add to products.     

The Fight Continues Over Proposed Changes to Food Labels

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An article in Chemical & Engineering News points out that while the Nutrition Facts label has remained largely the same for 20 years, nutrition science has not. Industry groups argue that because added and natural sugars are chemically the same, the distinction is unnecessary.

Experts Work to Create At-Home Caffeine Detection Test for Drinks

July 31, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose has the FDA thoroughly inspecting all foods and beverages with added amounts of caffeine. Now, scientists are working to create an at-home test that detects the stimulant in almost all beverages.

Court Reverses Ruling On Public Hearings About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled the FDA isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed. The court said the FDA isn't required to hold hearings because it has made no official finding that antibiotics pose a health risk.

Teen's Death Leads FDA to Inspect Caffeine in Food, Drinks

July 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, ANN SANNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The caffeine overdose of an 18 year old Ohio student has led to investigations by the Food and Drug Administration of the powder's safety in energy drinks and food, as manufacturers have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent years.

Do We Really Need a Nutrition Label to Tell Us What's Unhealthy?

July 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The Nutrition Facts label facelift is getting a lot of attention lately. Health experts say consumers need a label with a clear statement telling them whether a food is healthy. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I've never read the Nutrition Facts label on my food.

Health Advocates: Nutrition Labels Are Not Enough

July 17, 2014 9:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials say the nutrition facts on food labels do not provide enough information to help consumers make healthy choices. They would like to see labels on the front of products with a clear statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. 

Consumer Trends: Online Recipe Tool Shields Against Food Poisoning

July 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Ad Council | News | Comments

Foodborne illness is a serious public threat in the U.S. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Now, a new online tool created by the USDA automatically inserts critical food safety steps into user recipes.

Trial Delayed for 3 Charged in Deadly Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

July 14, 2014 8:28 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2009 salmonella outbreak of a Georgia peanut plant, Peanut Company of America, will be put on trial two weeks later than planned. Authorities traced salmonella that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 people to the peanut company in Blakely, Georgia.

FDA Investigates Energy Drinks on Safety Concerns

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Renewed concerns are surfacing as caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity. Last year, Congress pressed the FDA to look into the safety of caffeine. The FDA has since begun an internal evaluation of caffeine and is expected to issue guidelines.

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