February 19, 2014
Food Safety Advocates Share Their Views on Farm Bill
As Congress and the President completed the farm bill in February, victims of foodborne illness and their families wrote letters to the editor applauding federal leaders for leaving out proposals that threatened to undo parts of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
February 03, 2014
Raleigh News & Observer: Girl Fights to Save Others from Foodborne Illness
Dana Dziadul has been fighting since she was 3 years old, but don’t bother telling her mother. First, Dana, now 16, was fighting for her life after getting debilitatingly ill from bad cantaloupe she ate when she was 3. Now, she’s fighting to ensure that other children don’t suffer the same fate that befell her – or a worse one.
February 01, 2014
The Oregonian: Portland Cop Lobbying Congress for Food Safety Funding
A Portland cop turned advocate is back in the U.S. capital this week, urging Congress to support funding for a crackdown on food safety. Officer Peter Hurley has met with two Oregon lawmakers, and has another meeting on Thursday. So far, the reaction has been mixed, Hurley said.
January 07, 2014
"Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Stanley Infections Linked to Raw Cashew Cheese"
"CDC is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections. Results from this ongoing investigation indicate that raw cashew cheese produced by The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, California is the likely source of this outbreak."
December 05, 2013
"State Knew Chobani Yogurt was Tainted Months before Recall, FDA Says"
"The Idaho Department of Agriculture saw moldy yogurt during a routine inspection at Chobani two months before the company issued a voluntary recall, says a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report obtained by the Times-News under a Freedom of Information Act request. The state denies the FDA claim."
November 15, 2013
"Group Wants FDA to Mirror its Food-Safety Program"
"Leafy greens growers in California and Arizona are telling federal regulators to adopt their food safety standards so that growers in other states won’t be operating under weaker federal rules."
November 14, 2013
"NH's Kuster Asks for More Time on Food Safety"
"New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster wants the Food and Drug Administration to extend the comment period for sweeping food safety rules that farmers say could drive them out of business."
November 13, 2013
"Spud Group Requests FSMA Exemption"
"The potato industry has drafted a guidance document to help potato growers and handlers meet the industry's best practices. The National Potato Council argues such voluntary efforts should be sufficient and potatoes shouldn't' be subject to any Food Safety and Modernization Act requirements, since they're typically eaten cooked."
November 07, 2013
"A Voice in Favor of the Food Safety Modernization Act"
"In 2006, I almost died after eating spinach contaminated with E. coli. I spent nearly a month in and out of multiple emergency rooms and urgent care facilities. When I was able to return home, I had lost nearly 20 percent of my total body weight, and my recovery lasted five additional months of continuous treatment."
October 14, 2013
"Rolling the Dice on FoodBorne Illnesses"
The government shutdown has caused staff reductions at two important federal health agencies, increasing the risk of serious harm to American consumers from food-borne illnesses. The two agencies — the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have decided to focus their remaining resources on imminent threats. But they have shut down very important work that allows them to spot potentially serious problems in advance and take steps to head them off. The longer Congressional Republicans allow the shutdown to continue, the greater the danger of harm.
October 01, 2013
"Importers Must Keep Food Safe"
"Six years ago, I learned a painful lesson. I bought Veggie Booty for our triplets, who were 20 months old at the time. That purchase ultimately opened my eyes to the need for better oversight of food that comes from abroad."
August 15, 2013
"New FDA Rules for Imported Food Protect Public Health"
"As we have become a nation of aspirational gourmets, we like to import our coffee beans, cheeses and wines. We want them to be exotic, connoting adventure and an appreciation for the extraordinary. Thanks to globalization, an increasing number of less-fancy foods are imported, too. But there is a problem with this bounty. We want to eat well and not die of food poisoning."
August 05, 2013
"No More Delay on Food Safety"
"Proposed new rules aimed at improving the safety of imported food were bottled up so long that some advocates were worried that the Obama administration had lost the political will to put them into effect."
August 02, 2013
"Food Safety Act Goes a Long Way Toward Protecting Colorado Consumers"
"As a physician in Aurora training to care for children with injuries or illnesses that impact their ability to move, I am used to helping my patients recover from all sorts of ailments; spinal cord injury, cancer, and neurologic disorders. However, I was surprised to learn about another extraordinarily common health threat that may bring patients to my hospital: food-borne illness."
July 19, 2013
"Food Safety, Farmer Welfare Inseparable"
"The editorial "Oppressing the farmers,” provides readers with a misleading picture of the Food Safety Modernization Act and produce safety standards that the FDA has proposed to fulfill this congressional mandate," writes Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner, foods and veterinary medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a letter to the editor in The Washington Times.
June 28, 2013
"Congress Shouldn't Weaken Food Safety Laws"
Being a Minnesotan, Jeff Almer searched for a polite term to describe how he feels about a congressional push to roll back the new food safety laws his family fought for when his elderly mother died after eating salmonella-laced peanut butter in late 2008.
June 10, 2013
"For Our Kids' Sake, Food Safety Must be a Priority''
"As a pediatrician, my No. 1 concern is to keep children safe and healthy. Inside the walls of my office, I can provide services and counseling to help do just that, whether by giving an infant her first childhood vaccine, providing a mental health screening to an adolescent patient or counseling parents about how to keep their homes as safe as possible. Unfortunately, there are some threats to children's health that are beyond my control, including the food they consume."
May 29, 2013
Coalition Opposes Senate Amendments That Would Weaken FSMA
The Senate may consider four amendments to the Farm Bill that affect consumer safety. These amendments would block or modify provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act ( FSMA), bipartisan legislation passed in 2010.
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