Senator wants Obama to mandate GMO labeling

California Senator Dianne Feinstein is urging the Obama administration to mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods.  Feinstein believes the President should bypass the congressional process and direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require such labels.  She argues it is within the FDA’s power and “the best interest of American consumers” to require labeling… Read more »

Ag Secretary favors high-tech food labeling

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What would a GMO label convey about nutritional content? U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says when it comes to genetically modified food ingredients there is not a proven question of safety. Vilsack points out that that the USDA already has labels for “Organic” and “Natural” food products which could use improving. Vilsack says all signs point to technology… Read more »

FDA targets oils that contain trans fats

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The Food and Drug Administration is going after trans fats in processed foods. Food makers have reduced or replaced trans fats over the years. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg explains that the FDA required trans fats to be on food nutrition labels starting in 1996.  The primary source of trans fats in processed foods is partially hydrogenated oils.  She… Read more »

FDA seeks further reduction in trans fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to further reduce the amount of trans fats in processed foods. The FDA has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food. “Consumption of artificial trans fat, a man-made, not naturally occurring substance, increases… Read more »

Could shutdown impact food safety investigations?

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When there are fewer federal food safety workers, what does that mean to consumers?  There’s been a large reduction in federal workers who track pathogens and identify them in food-related illness outbreaks due to the partial government shutdown, which a food safety expert says has big implications for consumers. Randy Worobo, a professor of food microbiology… Read more »

CDC report on antibiotics mentions food animal use

A new report on antibiotic resistance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes a cautionary section about antibiotic use in food producing animals.  It says “resistant bacteria can be transmitted from food-producing animals to humans through the food supply.” However, the report shows that “most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen… Read more »

Chobani recalls swelling yogurt

The nation’s top selling yogurt company is recalling certain yogurt products due to swelling and “hissing” of the product cups and some reported illnesses from eating the product. Officials at the Chobani plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, say a type of mold typically found in dairy production may be to blame. Before the recall, the… Read more »

A rule on imported food finalized by FDA

A proposed food safety rule has been made final by the FDA on imported foods. The Food and Drug Administration says the rule gives it “important new tools to better insure that imported foods are produced under the same safety standards as those in the United States.” It was required by the 2011 Food Safety… Read more »

USDA investigates GE wheat found in Oregon

The USDA says unapproved GE wheat has been found in an Oregon field and they’ve launched an investigation. US Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) say they were notified today that the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed a genetically-modified, glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto field-tested more than eight… Read more »

Challenges with ‘increased veterinary oversight’ of antimicrobials

The FDA is proceeding with plans to place new restrictions on certain antibiotics that are used for growth promotion in livestock.  The FDA initiative would also require more veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. However, there some issues associated with that requirement.  One is the shortage of food animal veterinarians in some parts of the country.  The… Read more »