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Is Kellogg’s Eggo Recall Evidence That Stricter Food-Safety Laws Are Working?

Kellogg Company announced Monday that it is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles after routine quality tests indicated they could be infected with listeria monocytogenes bacteria – a potentially deadly germ that is notorious for its ability to thrive in damp, refrigerated and sub-freezing environments. While the Eggo recall itself isn’t unusual – there have been major listeria-induced food recalls in the past couple of years – the fact that Kellogg initiated a recall before receiving any reports of illnesses could signify that tougher federal food-safety laws are starting to take effect. Before provisions of ... Read More

U.S. Funding States For Implementation of Food Safety Rule

The federal government has awarded 42 states nearly $22 million to help them implement new rules governing food safety, particularly as it applies to produce, as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDA finalized the new produce safety rule last November, establishing minimum standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and storing fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. The new rule comes as part of a larger overhaul of current food safety regulations, which have failed to keep pace with changing technologies and threats. In March 2016, the FDA announced the funding opportunity and ... Read More

Government shutdown made food safety rule deadlines impossible to meet, FDA says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to stall an order for a proposed food-safety rule, saying the government shutdown made it impossible for the agency to meet its Nov. 30 deadline. In June, a California federal judge ordered the FDA to propose a new rule to protect the nation’s food supply against a terrorist attack as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, issuing the Nov. 30 deadline. The ruling was made in response to a lawsuit brought against the FDA by the Center for Food Safety and the Center ... Read More

New food safety laws to go into effect in July

New rules aimed at protecting the country against potentially unsafe foods and contaminants that cause food-borne illnesses will so go into effect in July. The rules were established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law late last year. The FSMA gives the FDA more control over what foods are allowed into the country’s food supply. “This is an historic moment,” said Erik Olson, deputy director of the Pew Health Group, an advocacy group. “For the first time in over 70 years, the Senate has approved an overhaul of ... Read More

Historical food safety bill passes Senate

The U.S. Senate today passed a sweeping overhaul of the country’s food safety system, a move triggered by the steadily growing number of food-borne illness outbreaks occurring throughout the country. If signed into law, the Food Safety Modernization Act will strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s powers to prevent contaminated foods from entering the nation’s food supply. Consumer advocates, safety experts, and a number of bipartisan legislators pushed for the overhaul, which will affect about 80 percent of the nation’s food supply, including fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy products and processed foods that do not contain meat. Meat supplies ... Read More