A new Department of Health report documents alarming cases where the FDA waited months to issue food recalls that could have protected consumers from sickness and death.
After finding multiple instances of salmonella contamination and unsafe food handling practices at Sunland’s nut processing plant, the FDA has shut them down.
The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed in January 2011 and was supposed to go into full effect in January 2012. Yet here we are nearly into December and the food rules haven’t been published. It looks like that might be changing soon.
On Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out against cutting funds for food safety. She referred to Republicans as “the e. coli club” for pushing forward an appropriations bill that underfunds the FDA.
Corporate agribusiness has a plan to write its own food safety laws and they’re calling it the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. The agreement, if implemented, will cut costs to the major agricultural corporations by ensuring that everyone follows the same production procedures – whether small farm or large farm, organic or conventional.
In the midst of a deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany, the House Appropriations Subcommittee wants to defund the FDA. Last week, a budget proposal cutting the budget of the FDA and the USDA made it out of committee and became HR 2112. It’s likely to be voted on in the next few weeks.
FDA is preparing to announce its approval of genetically engineered salmon soon. Even worse, this fish may not even be labelled as genetically engineering or genetically modified.
What do you guys think about the new USDA People’s Gardens program? Is it on the level, or are you wary of USDA’s intentions?
Toxic Waste has issued a recall for one lot of Short Circuits Bubble Gum due to high lead levels.
J&D Produce of Edinburg, Texas recalled its parsley and cilantro packaged on Nov 30 and Dec 6 and distributed under the brand of Little Bear. No illnesses have been reported associated with this produce. Other related products by the same company are also included under this recall.
Once again the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act passed the House of Representatives. That makes three times through the House and twice through the Senate. Now it goes to President Obama’s desk for signing into law.
In a surprise move Sunday evening, the Senate approved the Food Safety Modernization Act by unanimous consent. Now it goes back to the House – yep, one more time – then on to President Obama.
The toxic chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, has been scientifically linked to adverse health conditions in over 200 studies. Just recently, I reported on one showing a clear link between [ … ]