Plastic or Not? Over 100 Bags of Fake Rice Seized in Nigeria

Plastic or Not? Over 100 Bags of Fake Rice Seized in NigeriaNigerian authorities have seized 2.5 metric tons of reportedly fake rice during the holiday season. Read more of this post

What Do Horses and Beavers Have in Common? They May Both Be in Your Burger

What Do Horses and Beavers Have in Common? They May Both Be in Your Burger

(Photo: Francois Nascimbeni/Getty Images)

A pair of studies find that meat purchased in grocery stores and online isn’t always what the labels indicate. Read more of this post

Beef Imports from FMD Infected Brazil & Argentina Approved

Beef Imports from FMD Infected Brazil & Argentina Approved

USDA Approval of Brazilian Beef Imports Coming Soon??

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China To Recall Shaanxi Baby Milk Powders

China to recall Shaanxi baby milk powders

Imported milk is highly prized in China after a 2008 scandal resulted in six children dying

China’s food safety watchdog has asked three milk producers in Shaanxi province to recall infant formula powder, Chinese state media report. Read more of this post

Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA?

Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA? Ranchers, Meatpackers Disagree

Gayland Regier carries buckets of feed to his cattle in southeast Nebraska. Imported cattle make up a small portion of the American beef supply, but many American farmers and ranchers are concerned that foreign-sourced meat could distort their markets.
COURTESY OF GRANT GERLOCK/NET NEWS/HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

You’ve probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store that say something like “Born, Raised, & Harvested in the U.S.A.” or “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in the U.S.” Read more of this post

EU Might Block Parts of Food Safety Modernization Law

BY DAN FLYNN Food Safety News

In implementing its new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the United States wants to boldly go where no government has gone before in protecting food imports, but the European Union (EU) doesn’t like it.

 Carlos Alvarez Antolinez, an EU food safety official stationed in Washington D.C., told the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Monday that the 27 member EU countries he represents has some significant issues with FSMA.
Third party auditing, inspections, and foreign supply verification procedures top the list of the EU’s concerns with the new U.S. law.  With governmental authority for a continent of 500 million people speaking 28 languages, the EU is also in a position to stop what it does not like.

“We have been very grateful to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” Antolinez said. He said the EU has remained in constant dialogue with FDA since President Obama signed the new food safety law in January 2011, and seemed to suggest somewhat humorously that the U.S. and the EU might be more at impasse if the American government were further along in implementing the new law.
FDA has drafted the implementing regulations, but the White House’s Executive Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have held those up for months.
The EU is concerned that with the FSMA, the U.S. will be reaching out to individual companies in its member countries rather than maintaining a “government-to-government” approach for ensuring food safety, Antolinez says.
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