Where do artificial food colorings come from?

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The Food and Drug Administration says there are two main categories of color additives they permit.  The first is man-made, derived mostly from petroleum and coal sources. The FDA says manufacturers have to submit samples that the FDA tests for composition and purity. Other color additives, derived mostly from plant, animal and mineral sources, are… Read more »

Positive trend in FDA antimicrobial reports

The National Chicken Council says two reports released by the Food and Drug Administration show positive trends in antimicrobial resistance. The 2012 Retail Meat Report and the 2013 Retail Meat Interim report show a decrease in resistance to antibiotics among poultry meats for certain bacteria. The data was collected through the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring… Read more »

Hummus recalled due to possible listeria contamination

Sabra Dipping Company has issued a nationwide recall of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The products being recalled were distributed to retail outlets including food service companies and supermarkets. The potential for contamination was discovered during a routine, random sample, collected at a retail location by the Michigan Department of… Read more »

Combating antibiotic resistant bacteria

The Obama Administration has released a National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Recognizing the important role USDA has in the issue, Steven Kappas with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) says USDA efforts will be in three areas, stewardship, surveillance and research. Kappas says USDA and FDA will work together on stewardship. “Working with… Read more »

FDA survey finds few residues in milk

The Food and Drug Administration has tested milk at nearly 2-thousand dairy farms in the U.S. and has found FEW drug residues in the milk. More than 99 percent of the samples had no “drug residues of concern.” The FDA says it tested samples from a targeted list of farms where dairy cow tissue had… Read more »

Antibiotic bill in Senate aimed at animal ag

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A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate called the “Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act” is directed at livestock agriculture production. The bill, sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Susan Collins of Maine (and co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York), would require the FDA to withdraw its… Read more »

Obama wants single food safety agency

President Obama wants a single food safety agency within the Department of Health and Human Services – a concept proposed as legislation last week by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin. The senator told reporters, “There is a lot of duplication. A lot of waste. And, we can save money and make America’s food supply even safer… Read more »

Bill would create single food safety agency

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A single food safety agency is the aim of a bill introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate, sponsored by two Democrats. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut says the Safe Food Act of 2015 would fix the “fragmented, outdated patchwork system of food safety” which “puts lives at risk.” She says the Government Accountability… Read more »

Celeb chefs seek lawmaker support of GMO bill

Some celebrity chefs reportedly will sit down to a Chipotle meal with several U.S. lawmakers to push companion bills that would require food products containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. One of the chefs, Tom Colicchio, a Bravo TV “Top Chef” judge, is a board member of Food Policy Action, which supports… Read more »

FDA finalizes calorie label rule

Every restaurant chain, grocery store take-out counter, convenience store, amusement park and movie theater would have to post calories for most or all of their menu items under a final rule by the Food and Drug Administration. So would most vending machines. The FDA says Americans consume about one-third of their calories away from home… Read more »