“FDA Issues Final Rule On Safety And Effectiveness Of Antibacterial Soaps”

Rule removes triclosan and triclocarban from over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body washes The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers … Continue reading “FDA Issues Final Rule On Safety And Effectiveness Of Antibacterial Soaps”

“FDA Bans Three Toxic Food Packaging Chemicals”

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register that will ban three food-contact substances that are no longer manufactured. The substances were commonly used in sandwich wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and other types of food packaging. The three substances affected are: Diethanolamine … Continue reading “FDA Bans Three Toxic Food Packaging Chemicals”

Food Production Safety: “Are Your Forklifts Listeria Carriers?”

Two recent Listeria outbreaks have demonstrated the role of fresh food handling operations in supply chain contamination. While the processed foods industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have long provided guidance on Listeria monitoring and control, guidance applicable to the unique conditions of fresh produce handling operations has been lacking. That’s why the … Continue reading Food Production Safety: “Are Your Forklifts Listeria Carriers?”

Proposed Rule for Food Processors Alarms Some, Confuses Many

By Cookson Beecher | July 29, 2013 “Coming down like a ton of bricks.” “Complicated and interwoven.” “Costly.” “The end of many small- and mid-size farms and food processors.” “Never heard of it.” “A work in progress.” When asked about FDA’s new proposed rule for food processing facilities, that’s how a sustainable-agriculture advocate, a food-safety … Continue reading Proposed Rule for Food Processors Alarms Some, Confuses Many

Health & Safety Lapses In Lab Tied To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Investigators found “serious health and safety deficiencies” at the compound pharmaceutical lab tied to the fungal meningitis outbreak, according to a preliminary report released Monday. Tacky mats used to trap dirt and other contaminants from workers’ shoes prior to entering a clean room “were visibly soiled with assorted debris,” according to the report from Massachusetts’ … Continue reading Health & Safety Lapses In Lab Tied To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

3 Million Boxes of Kellogg’s Mini Wheats Recalled For Metal Fragments

By News Desk | October 11, 2012 Up to three million boxes of cereal have been recalled by Kellogg’s because they may contain metal fragments. The foreign material is pieces of flexible metal mesh from a faulty machine part, but the company says the chances of the material getting into anyone’s cereal bowl are very … Continue reading 3 Million Boxes of Kellogg’s Mini Wheats Recalled For Metal Fragments

Peanut Butter Recall Expands Beyond Trader Joe’s

Now includes peanut and almond butters sold nationwide by News Desk | Sep 24, 2012 The New Mexico company whose peanut butter has been linked to a multistate Salmonella outbreak issued a massive recall of products Monday. Sunland Inc. of Portales, NM is recalling all of its almond butter and peanut butter products manufactured since … Continue reading Peanut Butter Recall Expands Beyond Trader Joe’s

Advocates Ask USDA to Halt Proposed Scaling Back of Poultry Inspection Plan

  Plan jeopardizes worker, food safety, groups say by Helena Bottemiller | Sep 21, 2012 Citing worker safety and food safety concerns, a mix of health, labor and consumer groups is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw a proposal to scale back the physical inspection of poultry. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary … Continue reading Advocates Ask USDA to Halt Proposed Scaling Back of Poultry Inspection Plan

New Guide Puts Unfamiliar Ingredient Names in Consumer-Friendly Terms – Download Guide Here

by Gretchen Goetz | Sep 13, 2012 Food ingredients such as butylated hydroxyanisol, acesulfame potassium or methyl salicylate may sound scary, but the only thing threatening about them is their name, according to a new guide from the International Food Information Council which explains the names and purposes of common additives in order to make … Continue reading New Guide Puts Unfamiliar Ingredient Names in Consumer-Friendly Terms – Download Guide Here

BPA Banned from Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

  by Gretchen Goetz | Jul 18, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that the controversial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, can no longer be used to make baby bottles or sippy cups. The agency said it is taking this step not because BPA is unsafe when used in these products, but … Continue reading BPA Banned from Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups