FDA’S STRATEGIC PLAN: FOOD SAFETY, NUTRITION, ANIMAL HEALTH
Editor’s note: The Food and Drug Administration posted this “FDA Voice” column July 14 under the title “Charting a Path Forward on Food Safety, Nutrition and Animal Health.” It was co-authored by Stephen Ostroff, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine; Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and Tracey Forfa, acting director… Continue Reading

MARIE CALLENDER’S RECALLS BISCUIT MIX WITH GENERAL MILLS FLOUR
Recalled General Mills flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak has spurred yet another secondary product recall — this time it’s Marie Callender’s cheese biscuit mix. The International Commissary Corp. (ICC) distributed the biscuit mix to retailers in Alabama, California, Washington, Utah and Texas, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug… Continue Reading

COMPROMISE BILL ON GMO LABELING LANDS ON PRESIDENT’S DESK
The Senate compromise bill for labeling food with genetically modified ingredients is on its way to President Obama’s desk after gaining a solid 306-117 bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives early this afternoon. Passage of S. 764 came with 101 Democrats joining 205 Republicans in a vote that pre-empts any state labeling of food produced… Continue Reading

K-STATE RESEARCHER GETS $2M GRANT TO DEVELOP E. COLI VACCINES
Weiping Zhang, professor of microbiology and a researcher with Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has received a five-year, $2.1-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his work on developing vaccines for E. coli-associated diarrhea in both humans and animals. The grant is Zhang’s third he’s received in three years in… Continue Reading

ANIMAL RIGHTS MEAN NO SECOND CHANCE FOR DOWNER CALVES
For the veal calf headed to market, it’s a distinction without a difference. If all goes according to plan, the animal will go to slaughter without incident, which means the producer will be happy. If the veal calf, however, falls down and cannot get up, the animal will be “promptly euthanized,” which means the Humane… Continue Reading

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