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EU health chief urges international food safety cooperation 11.17.18

Europe is committed to working with China to ensure the highest standards of food safety and quality, according to the EU health commissioner. Vytenis Andriukaitis made the comments at the Ecological Agriculture and Food Safety Forum organized by the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) in Shanghai earlier this month. He said dialogue with... Continue Reading

Romaine outbreak: Where should we go from here? Forward together 11.16.18

Opinion Editor’s note: Michael Taylor and Lauren Bush, co-chairs of the STOP Foodborne Illness board, combined efforts to write this column. To read a related letter STOP’s Chief Executive Director Deirdre Schlunegger sent this week to the FDA, please click here. On Nov. 1, FDA issued its assessment of factors contributing to this year’s deadly outbreak of illness... Continue Reading

USDA sued for not requiring verification for ‘humane’ labeling 11.16.18

Four and a half years after the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) petitioned USDA over the use of labeling claims like “humane” and “sustainable,” the issues involved may be taken up by a federal court. AWI has sued USDA in the federal court for the District of Columbia, asking a yet-to-be-assigned judge to order the agency... Continue Reading

U.S. voices concerns at WTO meeting on pesticides, tariffs, etc. 11.16.18

The United States was involved in four of five issues raised at a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting earlier this month. The Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures meeting on Nov. 1-2 covered five new specific trade concerns (STCs) and proposals as part of a review of the SPS Agreement. New issues included pesticide... Continue Reading

USDA won’t name turkey plants, despite 164 illnesses and 1 death 11.15.18

The public doesn’t need to know which turkey plants have been found to be contaminated with a deadly strain of Salmonella that has infected people in 35 states, federal officials said yesterday in a strongly worded statement. Also, organizations such as Consumer Reports and the Center for Science in the Public Interest shouldn’t be asking... Continue Reading

Officials match E. coli from patients with bacteria in raw milk cheese 11.15.18

At least five people in British Columbia have been confirmed with E. coli infections linked to unpasteurized cheese, prompting a recall and a public warning from health officials. The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is urging consumers to discard or return to the place of purchase any Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Qualicum Spice cheese... Continue Reading

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