State ag department heads discuss food safety, TPP

State agriculture department heads, at their winter policy conference in Washington, D.C., are expressing concern about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Nebraska ag director Greg Ibach is the president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). He tells Brownfield most state ag departments have a role in food safety and… Read more »

Packaged salad cause of listeria outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say a listeria outbreak, linked to Dole salads packaged in Springfield, Ohio has resulted the death of a person from Michigan and sickened others in six states. The salads are sold under several brands, including Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth,… Read more »

Foundation finds barriers to new animal drug use policies

A National Farm Foundation report says there are major barriers to the successful implementation of new animal drug use policies on antibiotics that go into effect in less than a year. Foundation president Neil Conklin tells Brownfield there is still an education gap, “There’s a lack of awareness in some parts of the livestock sector… Read more »

Food safety advocates pleased with FDA funding

Food safety advocates are applauding the big increase in funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Under the budget bill approved last week by Congress, the Food and Drug Administration will get a nearly 105 million dollar increase for food safety. That’s more than double the increase House and Senate appropriations bills… Read more »

FDA decision on GMO labeling pleases Agriculture

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The nation’s largest farm group says the FDA’s decision on food labeling is a huge victory for agriculture.  The Food and Drug Administration, on Thursday, denied petitions from groups that were trying to force mandatory labeling of products containing Genetically Modified foods. The Center for Food Safety had filed the petition on behalf of 22… Read more »

Lawsuits threatened over GE salmon approval

Food safety and environmental advocacy groups are lashing out at the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon. The Center for Food Safety says it plans to sue the FDA over its decision. The organization calls AquAdvantage salmon a “dangerous contaminant” and says the FDA “has neglected its responsibility to protect the public”. A spokesperson for… Read more »

FDA moves forward on Food Safety Modernization Act

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new food safety standards for produce farms and imported foods. The new rules are mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The produce safety rule establishes science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce. The foreign supplier verification rule requires food importers to verify that foreign suppliers… Read more »

Petition filed to change FDA egg rule

The National Chicken Council is urging the Food and Drug Administration to change its rules on “surplus” hatching eggs to offset the negative market impact still in place from the Avian Influenza outbreak. The Council’s Tom Super says the FDA changed surplus egg storage at broiler facilities in 2010 – requiring them to be kept… Read more »

NASDA calls for funding to implement food safety law

  The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is calling on Congress to adequately fund implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA). The law is intended to improve the safety and security of the nation’s food supply, focusing on prevention of foodborne illness. It was passed in 2010, but Nebraska director of… Read more »

Pork producers urged to prepare for ’17

Pork producers are urged to get ready for antibiotic use changes that go into full effect in 2017.  Bob Thaler, a swine specialist with South Dakota State University Extension, says the Food and Drug Administration rule means producers won’t be allowed to use antibiotics for feed efficiency and will need a prescription for disease prevention… Read more »