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Food Allergy Training is Slowly Being Mandated Across the U.S.

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As I’m sure most of you know, we have seen an increase in food allergies in the United States over the past two decades. The science and theories about why that is happening is a topic for another day. However, the rise in food allergies has had a major impact on restaurants and food service… Continue reading Food Allergy Training is Slowly Being Mandated Across the U.S.

Staying Safe After Flour Recalls

On April 4, 2017, the Canadian Brand Robin Hood Flour was recalled for Microbiological – E. coli. The E. coli was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s food safety inspection. Robin Hood is in the process of removing the recalled product from the marketplace. General Mills flour also took some heat when they had… Continue reading Staying Safe After Flour Recalls

Food For Thought: The Federal GMO Labeling Law

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For several years, legislative bodies throughout the country have struggled with the issue of whether to label food products as containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or bioengineered food. Congress and various states have wrestled with whether to require foods containing GMOs to be labeled as such, and, if so, what the label should look like.… Continue reading Food For Thought: The Federal GMO Labeling Law

Warning About Xylitol and Dogs

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 Oregon Vet Ramps Up Campaign Warning About Xylitol and Dogs BY CATHY SIEGNER | AUGUST 19, 2015 An Oregon veterinarian is expanding efforts to get the word out that a sugar alcohol-derived sweetener used in an increasing number of foods poses a serious, and potentially fatal, threat to dogs. Dr. Jason Nicholas of Portland (Preventive Vet) has posted… Continue reading Warning About Xylitol and Dogs

Fun Food Facts

Popcorn pops because water is stored in a small circle of soft starch in each kernel. As the kernel is heated, the water heats, the droplet of moisture turns to steam and the steam builds up pressure until the kernel finally explodes to many times its original volume.   Americans consume 17.3 billion quarts of… Continue reading Fun Food Facts

FDA and USDA Under One Roof?

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A bill recently introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) calls for a single, independent food safety agency.  The Safe Food Act 2015 would combine the responsibilities of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under one roof within the Department of Health and Human Services. Read the bill… Continue reading FDA and USDA Under One Roof?