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FDA, advocacy groups can't reach consensus on food safety rules
Law 360 (subscription required)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and two consumer groups asked a California federal judge Friday for more time to create new deadlines for the release of highly anticipated FSMA rules, with the groups asserting the FDA is disregarding the judge's instructions.
Related: Deadline extended for comment on FSMA produce safety rule (MSU Extension)
Sugar, Monsanto and tobacco all in crosshairs of Senate farm bill
U.S. News & World Report
The floodgates of farm bill amendments opened Monday as senators rushed to put their own touches on the $955 billion agriculture bill.
Opinion: Why Americans should worry about China's food safety problems
The Wall Street Journal
If a diner in the U.S. consumes a lunch of tilapia, mushrooms and spinach, there's a decent chance the entire meal was imported from China. And the overwhelming odds are that none of those foods were inspected by the FDA when they arrived in the U.S.
Obama's rating steady amid controversies, buoyed by rising economic hopes
The Washington Post
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows the president's approval rating, at 51 percent positive, has remained steady in the face of fresh disclosures about the IRS, the Benghazi attack and the Justice Department's secret collection of telephone records of Associated Press journalists as part of a leak investigation.
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Harry Reid, Tom Daschle feud over South Dakota Senate seat
The South Dakota Senate race is turning into a tense feud between two longtime Democratic power brokers: Harry Reid and Tom Daschle. The rift between the current and former Senate Democratic leaders threatens their party's effort to keep control of the Senate seat held by the retiring Sen. Tim Johnson since 1997.
Union opposes Penny Pritzker as Commerce pick
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama's nominee for commerce secretary is taking some heat this week — and not just from congressional Republicans. A labor union Monday came out against the pick of business executive Penny Pritzker for the Cabinet post.
Senate panel approves immigration changes that include biometric tracking
The Washington Post
Every immigrant leaving the U.S. through one of the 30 biggest airports would have to be fingerprinted by federal authorities under an immigration reform measure that won early committee approval in the Senate Monday.
Related: Immigration bill navigates early obstacles (Time)
US food labels seen heating up North America meat war
The United States is poised to introduce stricter rules on the labeling of meat imports this week, a move that is likely to heat up a simmering trade dispute with Canada and Mexico.
Canada unveils food safety action plan
Food Product Design
Under the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will launch a number of significant food safety enhancements over the next two years — beginning with E. coli risks in beef.
Related: A decade after mad cow: Legacy of a crisis (Winnipeg Free Press)
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Opinion: USDA poultry proposal endangers eaters, not just employees
Food Safety News
As USDA appears to be ramping up a pre‐release publicity campaign on the new poultry inspection system, the agency is struggling with opposition from the food inspector's union. But there is another equally troubling element in the proposal: There is no requirement for plants to test for pathogenic organisms that could threaten consumers.
Related: Poultry sampling project to launch June 1 (USDA)
Inspectors to start verifying written recall plans June 10
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has set June 10 as the date for its inspectors to begin verifying that written recall procedures are in place at small and very small meat and poultry processing facilities (fewer than 500 employees).
Managing risk across borders
Dr. David Hillson
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Patent-protected technology ended up on FDA website, companies charge
Food Safety News
Two Maryland-based small businesses, FoodQuestTQ LLC and Projectioneering LLC, are charging the FDA took patent-protected computer automated risk management tools they developed and is now making them available on the government's website for free.
Pathogen detection accuracy in labs 'concerning'
Food Quality News
The accuracy of food microbiology laboratories when detecting or ruling out the presence of E.coli 0157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and Campylobacter remains "concerning," according to a study by the American Proficiency Institute.
Related: Food labs report false negatives of Campylobacter 9 percent of the time (Meatingplace)
Recalls affect frozen shrimp, packaged mixes
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Galveston Shrimp Co. is recalling prepackaged Texas Gulf shrimp after finding foreign material in some bags.
Eco-Cuisine is recalling all lots of 10 different packaged mixes after discovering ingredients used in them had been recalled by CHS Foods, which found a positive sampling for Salmonella.
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Study: UK children's foods often higher in fat, sugar
A significant number of foods marketed to children in the U.K. are higher in fat and sugar than foods marketed to adults, suggests new research published in Public Health Nutrition.
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