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Budget Cuts Could Decrease Food Safety in Vancouver

April 23, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The Public Service Alliance of Canda says Metro Vancouver became the only major metropolitan center in the country without food inspectors dedicated to consumer protection when the team was disbanded in January. Planned spending on the food safety program will drop by $35 million.

Hickory Farms Recalls Chipotle Ranch Sauce

April 23, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Hickory Farms has voluntarily recalled its Chipotle Ranch Sauce due to an undeclared allergen on...

Mexico Food Labeling Rules May Cause High Sugar Intake

April 23, 2014 10:06 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but they may...

The Importance of Custom, Cost-Effective Food Safety Programs

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Shepard, CEO, Shepard Bros. | Articles | Comments

As our food supply has become increasingly global in nature, the challenges to food safety also...

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Navajo Advocates Push for Junk Food Tax

April 22, 2014 12:55 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Navajo President Ben Shelly earlier this year vetoed measures to enact a 2 percent sales tax on tax on junk food like chips, cookies and sodas, and to eliminate the tax on fresh fruit and vegetables. This week, tribal lawmakers have a chance to resurrect the proposals.

Powdered Alcohols Lose Label Approvals

April 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But Bureau representative Tom Hogue said the approvals were issued in error.

Q&A: Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety (EHS) function. Our sister publication Chem.Info sat down with Bryan Connors and Bob Foster from EH&E to talk about the challenges of EHS programs and potential solutions.

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Whole Foods Pulls Croissants over Undeclared Eggs

April 21, 2014 12:23 pm | News | Comments

Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because the products contain eggs, an undeclared allergen. A company statement says the issue arose after one illness was reported.

Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs."

Photos of the Day: Colorado Deaths Raise Concerns About Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

Colorado Deaths Stoke Fears About Pot Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:44 am | by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

China Farmland Polluted with Heavy Metals

April 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by IAN MADER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

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Food Poisoning Report Shows Fewer Salmonella Cases

April 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The CDC released its latest report card on food poisoning, indicating a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. Salmonella remains at the top of the chart, far ahead of most other foodborne germs.

FAQs on GFSI-Recognized Food Safety & Quality Schemes

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Articles | Comments

Demand for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety and quality certification isn’t going away — but here’s hoping industry confusion over the various standards will. The following answers to these frequently asked questions might help.

Wash. Company Recalls 83K Pounds of Egg Products

April 15, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Nutrion LLC, based in Lacey, Wash., is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The majority of the product included in this expansion was originally identified in a public health alert issued on March 26.

Consumer Trends: Rice Boosts Diet Quality, Improves Health Markers

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

New research shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by eating rice as part of their daily meals. The study analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey datasets and evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall diet quality.

Voodoo Doll Study: Snacks May Help Prevent ‘Hangry’ Spouses

April 15, 2014 10:02 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A quick candy bar could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That's because low blood sugar can make spouses "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman.

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Allergic Reactions Prompt Kroger Sorbet Recall

April 14, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The Kroger Co. has recalled its Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold in 13 states because the product may contain milk not listed on the label. Two customers have reported a possible allergic reaction connected to the product.

GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Childhood Obesity Rates Stabilize But More Kids Are Severely Obese

April 11, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, according to the study.

Combating Milk Microbes That Survive Pasteurization

April 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

South Dakota State University dairy science professor Sanjeev Anand has begun developing ways to combat heat-resistant microorganisms, a major challenge for the world’s dairy industry. His work is supported by the Dairy Research Institute and the Midwest Dairy Food Research Center.

'Fed Up' Preview Blames Food Manufacturers for Obesity Epidemic

April 11, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Katie Couric teamed up with "An Inconvenient Truth" producer Laurie David to create the documentary "Fed Up." The film, featured in this preview, targets food manufacturers, placing a large amount of blame on them for the obesity epidemic.

Dieters Drop Calorie Counting, Opt for Less Processed Foods

April 10, 2014 11:58 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. Part of the problem: "Low-calorie" foods make people feel deprived. Now, people want to lose weight while still feeling satisfied. And they want to do it without foods they consider processed.

524 Sickened as Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Continues

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken that has been going on since March 2013 isn't over. The outbreak has now infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico. The CDC says the outbreak strains have been resistant to many antibiotics.

Calorie Control Council Disputes Research on Diet Soda

April 10, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

A study suggesting the potential association of post-menopausal female diet soda intake and risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, is flawed and does not support existing evidence on the topic, according to the Calorie Control Council.

The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

NRDC: GRAS Process May Allow Dangerous Chemicals into Food

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process of chemicals used as food additives is “woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk,” according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Japanese Worker Able to Poison Food Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The food poisoning affected thousands of consumers in Japan.

Target to Offer Exclusive Organic, Sustainable Products

April 9, 2014 10:25 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Target has hand-selected 17 of the leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that already sell to its stores and has challenged them to come up with new products or new twists. The new products will be offered exclusively at Target.

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