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People would pay more for safe food

PHILADELPHIA, May 22 (UPI) — Challenging conventional wisdom that most people want smaller government and less expensive food, a U.S. survey indicates most would pay more for safer food. The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned a poll by Hart Research and American Viewpoint that indicates 66 percent support additional funding for the U.S. Food and Drug […]

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FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Moves Forward!

Released by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), a copy of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) was released this week. The bill is expected come to the Senate floor in September.
Improving Capacity to Prevent Food Safety Problems

Many of the changes and responsibilities fall on the FDA, but there are also requirements for Food Facilities. Here are some highlights of sections that will impact Food Facilities directly:

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Kellogg Cereal Recalled

Kellogg Company has recalled 28 million boxes of breakfast cereal in the United States over fears an unknown chemical that has tainted its packaging could cause diarrhoea and vomitting.

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A researcher tests reusable grocery bags for E. coli and other forms of bacterial contamination

50% of Reusable shopping bags carry E-Coli

Reusable grocery bags can serve as a breeding ground for dangerous food-borne bacteria and pose a serious risk to public health, according to a joint food safety research report issued today by researchers at the University of Arizona (Tucson) and Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, California).

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Small Producer Amendments Proposed to Food Safety Bill

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) says she plans to cosponsor two amendments being circulated by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that would protect small producers from provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S 510. The bill, which passed the Senate Health Labor and Pensions Committee in November, is awaiting a vote by the full Senate. […]

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Editorial: Food safety bill merits swift passage

Each year, 325,000 Americans are hospitalized with foodborne illnesses, and 5,000 people die. And yet for decades, the main agencies charged with the nation’s food safety — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture — have been under resourced and hampered by archaic laws too often put in place back […]

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Volcanic ash could pose a threat to food safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is investigating potential food safety risks emerging from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Food headlines related to the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland have so far focused on the air transport chaos and its impact on imports and business travel. But with smoke still billowing from the volcano, the European […]

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Update: Food Safety Bill Delayed in the Senate

It had sounded like the food safety bill s510 would be debated in the senate this week, but financial reform has pushed that time frame back.  Food Safety News reports that Chairman Harkin is confident that the bill will pass the Senate before they adjourn for the Memorial Day recess.

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