October 22, 2016

Consumer Reports Calls for FDA to Increase Tests on Imported Shrimp

After conducting a study that found antibiotics, which are illegal in shrimp farming, and bacteria that cause food poisoning on imported shrimp, Consumer Reports is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to step up testing.  The consumer watchdog wants Congress to increase funding to the FDA so it can inspect and test more imported shrimp and keep tainted products out of the foods supply. Americans eat more shrimp than tuna, consuming more than 18 million servings each day. Most of it, 94 percent, is imported from farms in Indonesia, Thailand and India. And most of it, 96 percent, is not inspected. Consumer Reports purchased 342 packages of frozen raw and cooked shrimp from grocery stores, natural food stores and discount food clubs in 27 cities. Those stores include … [Read more...]

Advocates Disappointed in Senate ADUFA Update

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee just released an update of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA). This Act is supposed to require drug companies to report details about antibiotic sales, but the provision that would have increased the FDA's reporting of antibiotic sales used in food animals is missing. The Pew Charitable Trusts expressed disappointment with the update. Laura Rogers, a project director at that agency, said in a statement, "we are extremely disappointed that the Senate committee charged with protecting our health has neglected its mission. The nation's public health leaders urged the committee to allow the FDA to collect more detailed information about the sale of antibiotics for food animal production. Without greater transparency, the … [Read more...]

Hartz Mountain Recalling Chicken Chews and Oinkies for Unapproved Antibiotics

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling Hartz ® Chicken Chews™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics.  This follows the recall of Nestle and Delmonte dog treats earlier this month, and issues with jerky pet treats made with ingredients imported from China. Testing found the illegal residue in some samples of the recalled products. Hartz states that "two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues", but they are voluntarily recalling the products to be cautious. The antibiotics in question are legal for use in poultry in China and the European Union. The Hartz statement claims the FDA's review of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets testing results … [Read more...]

Antibiotics Fatten Farm Animals: People Too?

Food Poisoning Bulletin has been reporting about the sub clinical use of antibiotics in farm animals for the past year. Many farmers routinely feed chickens, pigs, and cows antibiotics in their feed to prevent disease and to promote growth. The link between antibiotic dose and disease prevention may be obvious. But how do antibiotics promote growth? Mother Jones has a report connecting antibiotic use and weight gain. Regular low doses of antibiotics make animals gain weight because they change bacteria that live in the gut. The colonies of bacteria are called "microbiomes" and they can affect everything from allergies to the immune system to weight gain. A study published in Nature last year found that  low doses of antibiotics changed the bacteria in the intestines of mice. Those … [Read more...]

Lebanon Cheese Fined For Selling Cheese Made With Condemned Milk

The owner of Lebanon Cheese Company, who knowingly purchased condemned milk and used it to make cheese which was sold to a food market in Wyomissing Pa., has been ordered to serve four years probation and pay a $10,000 fine. The company has also been ordered to pay a fine of $200,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Joseph G. Lotito, of Annandale,NJ, and Lebanon Cheese pleaded guilty to the interstate shipment of adulterated ricotta cheese, a violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, on May 31, 2012 and were sentenced  July 31, 2012.  From 2008 through July 2009, Lebanon Cheese purchased for a reduced price at least 20 loads of condemned milk from D.A. Landis Trucking, Inc. and used it to make cheese which it later … [Read more...]

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