Food, Drug & Agriculture

Beef products should be labeled as “Made in the USA,” or “Product of the USA” or “USA beef” only if they come from cattle born, raised and harvested in the United States, according to the majority of comments on a petition. Most of the nearly 1,900 people and organizations who’ve provided comments on the petition to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) favor such a standard for labeling U.S. beef. And, the U.S Cattlemen’s…
At least 11 companies so far face lawsuits in relation to this spring’s deadly E. coli outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce. The most recent victim to pursue compensation is a 23-year-old man who suffered neurological damage, seizures and kidney failure as a result of his infection. But, three companies whose corporate leadership decided to break the supply chain of silence and reveal the suppliers of their chopped romaine, are off the defendant lists…
The United States filed a civil complaint against Long Island City, NY-based Foo Yuan Food Products Company Inc., its owner and president Hsing Chang, and its secretary Susan Chang, to stop them from preparing and distributing adulterated seafood products in violation of federal law. The Department of Justice filed the complaint at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the federal complaint, defendants prepare, pack, hold and distribute refrigerated and frozen…
A three-year project to tackle mycotoxin-related food safety issues in Africa is scheduled to start next month. MycoSafe-South is a European-African partnership for use of mycotoxin-mitigation strategies in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on children and a budget of almost €800,000 ($915,000). It aims to identify safe options for aflatoxin and fumonisin-contaminated food and feed, to reduce human exposure to fungi-produced mycotoxins from animal protein sources, and to promote education and awareness to understand mycotoxin-associated health…
You may not yet know that you need an expert witness? But, in a public hearing before a Board of Liquor License Commissioners, expert witness testimony often is admitted when the Board determines that the testimony will assist it, as the trier of fact, to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue. Thomas Jefferson may be the earliest known expert witness in an American court when in 1771 in Hite v. Fairfax,…
BOISE, Idaho – The 11th lawsuit was filed today related to the Romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jordan Anglen against Grasmick Produce Co. INC. Mr. Anglen is represented by Marler Clark, the food safety law firm, and Hepworth Holzer, LLP, a local firm. 2018-08-17 Complaint On March 25, Mr. Anglen, a 23-year-old, Costco employee, purchased a Caesar salad from the Costco food court where he worked. The…
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  FDA issued a final rule more than two years ago, on July 14, 2016, to amend and update the Agency’s food facility registration requirements and implement revisions that were mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  FDA’s compliance guidance for the updated food facility registration requirements was issued in draft on November 7, 2016 and was updated – again in draft – on December 27, 2016.  (See previous blog coverage here.) On August…
In connection with the FDA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPR”) addressing flavored tobacco products, a group of State Attorneys General has recommended that the agency ban all flavored tobacco products.  In their comments on the ANPR, the Attorneys General of New York, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island assert that the FDA should ban flavors (including menthol) in all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and electronic nicotine delivery systems…
We are on vacation this week.  The aim was to stay in this hemisphere, yet get the feel of being in an old European city.  Less air travel, but still with the overcharging and the hard stares in response to our dodgy foreign language skills.  So with that hint, guess away as to our present location.  As part of vacation prep, we downloaded a bunch of movies on our Netflix account for viewing on the…