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What the End of Net Neutrality Could Mean for the Food Industry

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December 14 update: The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections by a 3-2 vote. On December 14, the FCC is expected to vote on a measure that eliminates net neutrality. This move could have dire consequences for everyone who uses the internet, including businesses and their customers. For the food industry, ending net neutrality could stifle competition and hinder companies’ …

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USDA Publishes School Meals Rule, Expands Options, Eases Challenges

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today provided local food service professionals the flexibility they need to serve wholesome, nutritious, and tasty meals in schools across the nation. The new School Meal Flexibility Rule, published today, makes targeted changes to standards for meals provided under USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and asks customers to share their …

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FDA Inspections Face Challenges, Says Inspector General

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FSMA is supposed to bring more, and more intense, FDA inspections of domestic food facilities. But, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the FDA has some work to do to make sure that food facility inspections are performed and, more importantly, that violations are corrected. The OIG looked at data from inspections that occurred …

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FDA Launches Food Safety Plan Builder to Help Businesses Comply with FSMA Requirements

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To help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan specific to their facilities. The Food Safety Plan Builder webpage. The FDA has also provided …

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FDA Delays Deadlines for New Nutrition Facts Label

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The FDA announced today on its website that it intends to extend the compliance dates for the new nutrition facts label. The original compliance date was July 26, 2018, for manufacturers with more than $10 million in annual sales and July 26, 2019, for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales. The agency did not specify new dates, …

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Foster Poultry Farms Recalls 132,000 Pounds of RTE Chicken Due to Plastic Contamination

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Foster Poultry Farms today recalled approximately 131,880 pounds of frozen, RTE breaded chicken patties because of plastic contamination. The products had been shipped to distribution centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Utah, and Washington. The problem came to light after three consumers complained about pieces of clear, soft plastic that, according to FSIS, “originated from the establishment’s packaging materials.” This recall comes almost exactly a …

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Sonny Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary

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Yesterday, the Senate officially confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 87 to 11. Perdue’s nomination drew mostly support and some criticism. He grew up on a farm and has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a long history in the agriculture industry. Supporters see him as someone who will stand …

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Top 10 Most Cited OSHA Standards for Food Manufacturing in 2016

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Between October 2015 and September 2016, OSHA handed down a total of 2,233 citations to food manufacturers, resulting in penalties of nearly $8.5 million. Here are the industry’s top 10 most-cited violations. 1. 1910.147 The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) Total citations: 311 Total penalties: $1,733,715 Standard 1910.147 covers the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected …

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Dead Bat Found in Salad Container Triggers Recall

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The latest food recall doesn’t involve Listeria. The culprit? A winged mammal. A dead bat reportedly found inside a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix in a Florida Walmart sparked a precautionary recall on Saturday and investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last week, two people from Florida ate from a salad bag before …

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Almost 1M Pounds of Breaded Chicken Recalled Due to Foreign Matter Contamination

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Not many recalls hit the seven-figure mark for pounds recalled. And while the current chicken recall didn’t quite get there, it was pretty darn close. On Thursday, FSIS announced that Oklahoma-based OK Foods was recalling approximately 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken because of possible metal contamination. The problem was discovered earlier this week, when metal objects were found in the RTE chicken …