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Food Safety News - 10/30/2020

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Defense: Felony charges against ex-Blue Bell president should go away for being “time-barred”
By Dan Flynn on Oct 30, 2020 12:10 am Paul Kruse, former President of Blue Bell Creameries, remains free on a $50,000 appearance bond that restricts his travel to Texas. His “arraignment by a video” is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 12 on seven federal felony charges related to the 2015 listeria outbreak. At the arraignment, Kruse will enter his “not guilty” plea. But,... Continue Reading



EU toughens rules for sesame seeds from India
By Joe Whitworth on Oct 30, 2020 12:07 am The European Commission has strengthened checks on sesame seeds from India as recalls due to pesticide residue contamination continue. The move was prompted by food safety incidents notified through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) portal and information from official controls by member states on the seeds from India. An alert was... Continue Reading



USDA survey finds fast-growing organic food sales at nearly $10 billion
By News Desk on Oct 30, 2020 12:05 am USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the results of the 2019 Organic Survey. It reports total sales of $9.93 billion in organic products, an increase of $2.37 billion, or 31 percent, from 2016. There were 16,585 certified organic farms, a 17 percent increase from 2016, which accounted for 5.5 million certified acres, an increase... Continue Reading



EPA gives dicamba five more years with additional restrictions
By News Desk on Oct 30, 2020 12:04 am Dicamba, the broad-spectrum herbicide first registered for farm use in 1967, will be back for the 2021 growing season under new label restrictions from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This past spring, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit did an immediate withdrawal of the registrations of three dicamba herbicide brands. Soybean... Continue Reading



Coronavirus dominates public concern in Germany
By News Desk on Oct 30, 2020 12:02 am Coronavirus is the main issue concerning Germans, according to a survey by the country’s risk assessment agency. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)’s Consumer Monitor found more than a quarter of the public perceive the virus as the greatest health risk. Only 5 percent mentioned unhealthy or contaminated food. A third of respondents... Continue Reading



FSA warns of Salmonella risk in eggs
By News Desk on Oct 29, 2020 08:17 am The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a warning about eggs that could be contaminated with Salmonella. The British Lion eggs were sold in some Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Asda stores in England and Wales in packs of six, 10, 12, and 15. Affected mixed size, medium, large, and very large free-range eggs can be identified... Continue Reading
 
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