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In late October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and local officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to food served at a major fast-casual restaurant chain.
Reuters reports that California is considering adding processed meats (such as hot dogs, ham, and sausages) to its list of cancer-causing products.
On August 3, a federal judge struck down an Idaho law that created the crime of “interference with agricultural production.” Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the US District Court for the District of Idaho found that the Idaho law violates the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause.
On June 10, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which administers the Shell Egg Surveillance Program (a mandatory inspection program for shell egs), published a proposed rule that would streamline the importation of table eggs, hatching eggs, and inedible liquid eggs.
Calling food industry professionals!
Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California agreed with a group of foie gras producers that California’s ban on the product’s sale was preempted by federal law, and the court overturned the ban that has been in place since July 1, 2012.
On New Year’s Eve, the USDA’s (Department’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released its final rule requiring meat and poultry processors to include added solutions in their product labeling.
The growing trend of retroactive recalls for already distributed food products calls into question commonly held beliefs about food safety.
What recourse do businesses have when their products are incorrectly identified as the source of a foodborne illness outbreak?