Posted on

FDA Recalls Too Slow?

Touch the Soil News #907 (Feature photo – Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of Food and Drugs – public domain work of US government)- CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services examined 30 of 1,557 food recalls between 2012 and 2015. The findings showed that the FDA did not always evaluate food-borne hazards in a timely manner or ensure companies initiated recalls promptly. According to a timely article in the New York Times, food companies took an average of 57 days to recall items after the FDA was apprised of potential hazards. One recall did not begin for 303 days the investigators said. You…

Read more

Posted on

The UGH Factor in Food Processing & Manufacturing

Touch the Soil News #826 (Feature photo courtesy of FDA) One’s imagination can take over when contemplating things that can go wrong in the tens of thousands of food processing and manufacturing facilities around the nation. Following up on that path of thinking, the Office of Inspector General – from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – took up an investigation. The investigation was over how the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) handled significant food violations when discovered while doing an inspection. One wonders, what might slip through the cracks and not discovered at all. The Office of Inspector General just released a 39 page report on what…

Read more

Posted on

Food Recalls Skyrocket

Touch the Soil News #476 Employing improved methods of detecting food poisoning, the FDA is finding a whole lot more food that must be recalled. For the second quarter of 2016, food recalls are up 167 percent over the first quarter. This massive recall event was driven primarily by one incident – the CRF Frozen Foods recall of fruit and vegetables across 42 brands in all 50 states. The real kicker was that CRF suspect vegetables (for listeria) were present in almost 50 million pounds of meat products by Ajimoto Windsor. Ajimoto recalled 47 million pounds of meat products as a result. FDA food recalls and food poisoning events are…

Read more

Posted on

FDA Warning Letter to Whole Foods Markets, Inc.

Touch the Soil News #418 Whole Foods Market always seemed like a good place to start when trying to eat healthier and safer foods. Earlier this year (2/16/2016), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) undertook an inspection of Whole Foods’ North Atlantic Kitchen in Everett, Massachusetts. The Kitchen’s Facebook page explains that it supplies made-to-order food destined to over 65 Whole Foods stores in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The results of that inspection were conveyed via a formal warning letter from the FDA on June 8, 2016 addressed to John Mackey and Walter Robb – Co CEOs. The FDA said that Whole Foods had…

Read more

Posted on

The Fight Against FDA-Approved GMO Salmon Heats Up

Touch the Soil News #413 Last November, the Food and Drug Administration approved the genetically engineered salmon from AquaBounty Technologies. The company’s operations are in Canada, but its corporate headquarters are in Maynard, Massachusetts. A broad coalition of environmental, consumer and commercial and recreational fishing organizations are suing the USDA for approving the first-ever genetically engineered salmon. The salmon contains DNA from three fish creating a rapid weight-gain animal. Suing the FDA are the following groups: Center for Food Safety Earth Justice Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations Institute for Fisheries Resources Golden Gate Salmon Association Kennebec Reborn Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Ecology Action Center Food and Water Watch Center…

Read more

Posted on

Food Recalls – Too Prevalent for Comfort

Touch the Soil News #347 There is not enough space in our news columns to report the volume of food recalls taking place in the U.S. – 1 to 2 a day. Following are just a few of the recent recalls that provide ample insight to why more people are giving industrial and corporate food more scrutiny. 4/2/16 – Cashews with glass pieces Snyder’s-Lance Inc. is recalling some of its Emerald brand cashews. The problem started when a customer complained of the glass. Investigations are now underway. 4/2/16 – Glass in cans Roland Foods, LLC – in cooperation with the manufacturer in Peru – is recalling specific lots of Fire…

Read more