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FDA Study Finds Little Evidence of Antibiotics in Milk

March 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.

Q&A: Recalls and Undeclared Allergens

March 5, 2015 2:35 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond with Todd Harris, Vice...

AFFI Urges Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

March 5, 2015 8:05 am | by AFFI | News | Comments

The American Frozen Food Institute and a coalition of nearly 60 food groups urged the U.S....

FDA Looks to Develop Improved Method For Attributing Foodborne Illness

February 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new report by the FDA, USDA and CDC finds that at least 80 percent of E. coli illnesses...

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FDA Warns Consumers With Peanut Allergies to Avoid Cumin Spice

February 19, 2015 10:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies. While such large allergy-related recalls are rare, undeclared allergens like peanuts are the leading cause of food recalls in the United States.

Jan/Feb 2015: Dried-And-True

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | Digital Editions | Comments

California-based Seawind Foods is a trusted producer and supplier of all-natural dehydrated fruits, vegetables and spices. To read this cover story, exclusive features on crisis management and factory fire risks, among other stories, please click on the image below. 

US Head of FDA Stepping Down; Chief Scientist to Take Over

February 5, 2015 10:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is resigning her post in March after six years in the position. The FDA's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting commissioner.         

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VIDEO: The Never-Ending Confusion of Salt Intake

February 4, 2015 12:40 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Thirty years ago, The Lempert Report reported on the FDA's new ruling on salt labeling. But 30 years later, are we still just as confused on the issue of salt? There still continues to be a wide array of consumer confusion as to how much salt one should consume. 

Obama Proposes New Agency to Make Americans' Food Safer

February 2, 2015 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe. It would consolidate parts of the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration.        

Q&A: Food Facilities and FDA Registration

February 2, 2015 2:20 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Registrar Corp Senior Regulatory Specialist Mary Hancock to address some of the issues involved in the FDA registration process for food facilities.           

What Can We Learn From EU's New INCO Regulation and its Impact on Business?

January 28, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jean-Christophe Calmejane, VP, Lascom Solutions | Articles | Comments

The U.S. is in the process of establishing its own changes to labeling laws. While the the FDA and European labels are different, both are focused on better legibility, more comprehensive information, and specific nutrient information (fats and added sugars, etc.).

Freeland Foods Voluntarily Recalls Spicy Seed Due To Potential Health Risk

January 23, 2015 7:55 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, CA is voluntarily recalling the Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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FDA Removing Non-Renewed Food Facility Registrations from its Database

January 21, 2015 1:42 pm | by Registrar Corp | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food facilities to renew their FDA registrations every even-numbered year between October 1 and December 31. Any food facility that did not renew its registration by December 31, 2014 should re-register with FDA before it continues to ship food products to the United States, as its registration is now invalid.

Food Industry Executives Should Look Out: The Gov't Might Come A 'Knocking

January 21, 2015 1:40 pm | by Angela T. Puentes-Leon, Marissel Descalzo, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt | Articles | Comments

The Government is using a new tool to attack companies and executives in the food industry — prison.  Food industry executives are appearing to be easy targets to the Government, resulting in several high profile criminal prosecutions in recent years.

Ga. Firm Recalls Pork For Undeclared Allergens

January 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Heywood’s Meat Haus & Provision Co., a Marietta, Georgia establishment, is recalling approximately 931 pounds of tasso (pork shoulder) products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the USDA'S Food Safety and Inspection Service.

MorningStar Farms Recalls Black Bean Burgers For Undeclared Allergen

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

MorningStar Farms is issuing a voluntary recall of certain code dates of Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because they may contain undeclared peanut.                     

Granny Smith, Gala Apples From US Recalled Over Listeria Fears

January 9, 2015 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, California is recalling apples shipped from its Shafter, California packing facility last year, prompted by a federal investigation of 32 listeria illnesses in 11 states.

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FDA Responds to Concerns of Hazard Analysis, Preventive Controls for Human Food Proposed Ruling

January 7, 2015 10:20 am | by Smitha Stansbury, Anne Allen, King & Spalding Law Firm | Articles | Comments

This proposed rule would, among other things: (1) modernize the current good manufacturing practice (“cGMP”) requirements for human food; and (2) require registered food facilities to establish and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food. 

Caramel Apple Recall Expanded to Kroger Brand

January 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Happy Apple Company of Washington, MO, is expanding its recall of caramel apples to include Kroger brand caramel apples produced by Happy Apple Company with a best use by date between Sept. 15 and Nov. 18, 2014.   

FDA Going After Sellers of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. Some major retailers have stopped selling it in bulk, but the substance is still widely available on the Internet and in some stores.

VIDEO: Menu Makeover — What Are the New Menu Rules?

December 23, 2014 8:35 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The FDA recently announced new rules that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers who sell prepared foods to use calorie labels. If you’re unsure how the rules break down, here’s a sampling of what will be labeled with calorie information and what won’t.

Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling GMO's to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling.  

Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 1, 2014 2:34 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The FDA announced new regulations requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers of prepared foods to include calorie labels on all menus. I believe the overhaul will act as a great source of information, but only for those who care.

New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus

November 26, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

November 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Specialists in a FDA laboratory in Arkansas use their sense of smell to detect odors of decomposition to make sure domestic and imported seafood and seafood products are fit for consumption.                 

Infographic: Sugar Consumption Increases Over 3 Decades

November 12, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Obesity Society | News | Comments

As the FDA considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research shows this non-nutritive calorie source has crept into the American diet over the past three decades.              

Q&A: How Packaging Suppliers Support Canneries During Salmon Season

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Crown Holdings, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.

US Adult Consumption of Added Sugars Increased by More Than 30 Percent

November 5, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Obesity Society | News | Comments

As the United States Food and Drug Administration considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research shows this non-nutritive calorie source has crept into the American diet over the past three decades.

FDA's Proposed Fish Advisory Could Increase Mercury Poisoning

November 3, 2014 11:45 am | by Mercury Policy Project | News | Comments

A new advisory recommending increased fish consumption for pregnant women could increase mercury poisoning in newborns, according to physicians and consumer groups. Groups point out that recommendation to simply "eat more fish" is oversimplified and unlikely to achieve the intended benefits.

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