Category: U.S. News » Agriculture

Bee Decline Threatens US Crop Production

5:24 pm Eastern | SciTech

The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands -- from California's Central Valley to the Midwest's corn belt and the Mississippi River valley.read more »

MDS Foods Inc, of Massillon, OH is Expanding the Current Recall to include Products Identified by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana from their 02/15/2017 Product Recall

1:36 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana, supplied MDS Foods with cheeses that have been found to be contaminated with the pathogenic organism Listeria Monocytogenes which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. At the time of this release, no illnesses have been reported.read more »

Los Angeles, CA. Chapis Spice & Tea. Today Announced a Recall/Amendment to the Bread Crumbs and Seasoned Bread Crumbs Distributed on or after 11/10/2017 – 02-16/2017

18 Feb 10:59 | U.S. News

This follows notification from our supplier, that there were undeclared allergens in the “regular” Natural Bread Crumbs manufactured on 11/01/17. Allergens such as, Wheat, Milk, Eggs, Tree Nuts, and, Soybean.read more »

Licata Enterprises Asks For Volunary Recall of Multiple Vitamin Because of A Possible Fish Allergen Health Risk

17 Feb 15:31 | U.S. News

Licata Enterprieses of Huntington Beach, California is recalling its The Supreme One / Theravits 100 multiple vitamin (all lots) due to the discovery of a confusing labeling issue which could cause cause individuals allergic to fish oils to ingest the product in error. The product contains Vitamin A (partially from fish liver oil) which is clearly stated in the Supplement Facts portion of the label; however, another part of some labels also incorrectly state “... contains no common allergens” leading some with fish allergies to believe the product is safe for them. Further, the separate Allergen statement contains fish is missing.read more »

Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Schlabach Branch Announces a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Assorted Cheese Items for Potential Listeria Monocytogenes

17 Feb 15:22 | U.S. News

Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Schlabach branch is issuing a recall on various Cheeses and cheese containing items due to the potential for it to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.read more »

Ditos Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Soy in Heart Plastic Platter Strawberries W/Dip with Chocolate Frosting and Heart Plastic Platter Mixed Fruit W/Dip with Chocolate Frosting

16 Feb 21:08 | U.S. News

DITOS of Anchorage, Alaska is recalling 50 cases of Heart Plastic Platter Strawberries w/ Dip with Chocolate Frosting 32oz, and 30 cases of Heart Plastic Platter Mixed Fruit w/ Dip with Chocolate Frosting 40oz, because it contains undeclared soy and milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy and/or milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

Saputo Inc. Recalls Certain Gouda Cheese Products Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria Monocytogenes

16 Feb 17:52 | U.S. News

Saputo Inc. (Saputo), is voluntarily recalling certain Gouda cheese products in the United States after having been notified by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana that some specialty Gouda cheese products that it supplied to Saputo’s Green Bay, Wisconsin facility may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.read more »

FDA approves new psoriasis drug

15 Feb 17:47 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Siliq (brodalumab) to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Siliq is administered as an injection.read more »

Allergen Alert Expansion: Legendary Baking Issues Allergy Alert - Almonds And Egg In Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Pie - Allergens Not Declared In Ingredient List

15 Feb 14:00 | U.S. News

Legendary Baking of Denver, CO, has expanded its recall of 34 ounce packages of Private Selection Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Pie because the almonds and eggs were not listed in the ingredient statement. People who have allergies to almonds and eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

California Wine Exports Reach Record $1.62 Billion In 2016

15 Feb 13:08 | U.S. News

U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, a new record. Despite challenges from a strong dollar, winery revenues were up 1% from 2015. Volume was 412.7 million liters or 45.9 million cases.read more »

Sargento Recalls Select Products

14 Feb 11:01 | U.S. News

Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Ind. has notified Sargento Foods Inc. that a specialty Longhorn Colby cheese they supplied to Sargento must be recalled due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported.read more »

Choice Farms LLC Recalls Very Limited Quantity of Mushrooms Stuffed with Cheese Supplied by a Third Party that may have the potential for Listeria monocytogenes Contamination

13 Feb 22:49 | U.S. News

Choice Farms LLC is initiating a very limited voluntary recall of stuffed mushrooms because the mushrooms may contain a cheese component which a third party supplier advised has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stuffiness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.read more »

Country Fresh Recalls Various Cooking And Snacking Products Due To Possible Health Risk

13 Feb 22:48 | U.S. News

Following the Sargento Cheese Company recall where select Sargento branded cheeses were recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Country Fresh, LLC. of Conroe, Texas, is recalling 2,552 cases of various cooking and snacking products (product descriptions attached), that contained Sargento branded cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.read more »

Cousins Products LLC Issues Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall on 16oz Creole Tomato Dressing, Best by Date 05/18/17, due to Undeclared Milk

13 Feb 17:16 | U.S. News

Tomato Salad Dressingread more »

MDS Foods Inc. - Food Safety Press Release

13 Feb 16:24 | U.S. News

MDS Foods Inc., of Massillon, OH is recalling multiple products some of which were found to be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and other products which may have the potential to be contaminated with the bacteria. Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana, supplied MDS Foods with Colby and Colby Jack minihorn cheeses that have been found to be contaminated with the pathogenic organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.read more »

Meijer Recalls Meijer Brand Colby and Colby Jack Deli Cheeses Because of Possible Health Risk

10 Feb 18:38 | U.S. News

Meijer is announcing a recall of its Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese sold exclusively through its deli counters due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.read more »

FDA approves drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

9 Feb 14:05 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Emflaza (deflazacort) tablets and oral suspension to treat patients age 5 years and older with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle deterioration and weakness. Emflaza is a corticosteroid that works by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system.read more »

Federal judge approves consent decree with California dietary supplement distributor, Regeneca Worldwide

9 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

A California dietary supplement distributor has been ordered by a federal court to stop selling its products, which were found to contain unsafe ingredients including 1, 3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA).read more »

Fred Meyer Stores Issues Allergy Alert on Fred Meyer 100% Whole Wheat Bread due to Undeclared Milk

8 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Fred Meyer Stores has recalled the 16 oz Fred Meyer 100% Whole Wheat Bread sold in its retail stores because the product may contain nonfat dry milk not listed on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.read more »

Kingsway Trading Inc. Recalls “Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) Dietary Supplement” because it Contains Banned Ephedra Alkaloids

8 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Kingsway Trading Inc. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 1.06 oz (30g) bottles of “Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian)” Batch No. 130401 & Batch No. 150201 because they contain the presence of undeclared Ephedra Herba (ma huang), an FDA banned item. Dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids pose a risk of serious adverse events, including heart attack, stroke, and death, and that these risks are unreasonable in light of any benefits that may result from the use of these products under their labeled conditions of use, or under ordinary conditions of use if the labeling is silent.read more »

Starway Inc. Issues an Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Peony Mark Brand Dried Lily Flower

7 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Starway Incorporated, located at 137 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11237, is recalling Peony Mark Brand Dried Lily Flower because the product contains undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they consumer this product.read more »

Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food

3 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.read more »

FDA permits marketing of first newborn screening system for detection of four, rare metabolic disorders

3 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

FDA permits marketing of first newborn screening system for detection of four, rare metabolic disordersread more »

Ruth’s Salad Charlotte NC is Recalling Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread 7 oz Because of Possible Health Risk. May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

2 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Charlotte, NC Ruth’s Salads is undertaking a recall of Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread in 7oz plastic containers. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.read more »

Falafel King Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in “Tzatziki Sauce”

2 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Falafel King of Boulder, Colorado is notifying the public that its containers of Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream contains milk, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

Bridges to Opportunity

2 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

AO-1674, Bridges to Opportunity(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-02-02 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-01-31 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Le Fedou, Fromagerie De Hyelzas Sas Recalls “Tomme Brebis Fedou Cheese” and “Soureliette Cheese” because of Possible Health Risk

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Fromi USA is recalling its 7 cases of Soureliette cheese and 2 cases of Tomme Brebis Fedou because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.read more »

FY 2017 Second Quarter Appraisers Funding Authorization

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

BU-778, FY 2017 Second Quarter Appraisers Funding Authorization(FOR State Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-02-01 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-02-01 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

2015 Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Payment Rates and 2015 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Actual Price for Temperate Japonica Rice

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

ARCPLC-41, 2015 Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Payment Rates and 2015 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Actual Price for Temperate Japonica Rice (FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-02-01 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-02-01 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

February 2017 CCC, FSFL, and SSFL Interest Rates

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

FI-3312, February 2017 CCC, FSFL, and SSFL Interest Rates(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-02-01 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-02-01 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

FY 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) Funding and Allotment Levels

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

BU-777, FY 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) Funding and Allotment Levels(FOR State Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-02-01 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-02-01 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Gulf Shrimp Prices Reveal Hidden Economic Impact Of Dead Zones

31 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Hypoxic dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico drive up the price of large shrimp relative to smaller sizes, causing economic ripples that can affect consumers, fishermen and seafood markets alike, a new Duke-led analysis reveals.read more »

New American Food Products, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Weigels’s Mountain Valley and Royal Farms Market Place- Milk Chocolate Vanilla Caramels due to Undeclared Peanuts

31 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

The recall was initiated due to concerns of the possible presence of peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to specific types of allergen, such as peanuts, run the risk of serious life threatening allergic reactions if they consume the product being recalled.read more »

Submitting Requests for Presidential Portraits

31 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

AS-2307, Submitting Requests for Presidential Portraits(FOR All FAS, RMA, and FSA Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-01-31 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-01-31 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

COC Socially Disadvantaged (SDA) Voting Member and COC Advisor Appointments

30 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

AO-1673, COC Socially Disadvantaged (SDA) Voting Member and COC Advisor Appointments(FOR State Offices and Service Centers) DATE POSTED: 2017-01-30 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-01-30 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Submitting Requests for Presidential Portraits

30 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

AS-2306, Submitting Requests for Presidential Portraits(FOR All FAS, RMA, and FSA Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-01-30 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-01-30 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Marich Confectionery Co. Issues Allergy Alert On Potential Undeclared Almonds In Product

27 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Marich Confectionery of Hollister, California is voluntarily recalling 4.25oz Valentine Chocolate Caramel Hearts UPC CODE 797817-44440-9 because it may contain Triple Chocolate Toffee which contains almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

FDA confirms elevated levels of belladonna in certain homeopathic teething products

27 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label. The agency is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children and urges consumers not to use these products.read more »

Fred Meyer Recalls Bakery Fresh Goodness Carrot Cupcakes Due to Undeclared Allergens

25 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Fred Meyer Stores has recalled Bakery Fresh Goodness Carrot Cupcakes sold in its retail stores because the product may contain milk and soy not listed on the label.read more »

Carriage House Creations Recalls Carriage House Various Bourbon Basting Sauces and Hot Barbecue Sauce due to Undeclared Soy and Peanuts

25 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Carriage House Creations issues a voluntary product recall on all Bourbon Basting Sauces, and Hot Barbecue Sauce, due to undeclared soy and peanut ingredients found in the Worcestershire Sauce used in the making of these products. People, who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy or peanuts, run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume these products.read more »

Farm Service Agency State and County Fellowship Program (FSASCFP)

25 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

PM-2983, Farm Service Agency State and County Fellowship Program (FSASCFP)(FOR FSA State and County Employees) DATE POSTED: 2017-01-25 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-01-18 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Specialty Commodities, Inc Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Cashew Allergen in Dry Roasted Almonds

23 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Specialty Commodities, Inc. (SCI), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), is recalling a specific lot of dry roasted almonds because they may contain undeclared cashews. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to cashews run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

Statement from FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. announcing FDA Oncology Center of Excellence launch

19 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is establishing the Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) and appointing Dr. Richard Pazdur as its director. This will make oncology the first disease area to have a coordinated clinical review of drugs, biologics and devices across the agency’s three medical product centers.read more »

Statement from FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. announcing new draft guidances on medical product communications

18 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

We recognize that there is a high level of interest regarding FDA’s views on communications about medical products. We are committed to an ongoing dialogue with industry and other stakeholders, and, when needed, providing guidance to clarify the agency’s thinking on these issues. Today, the FDA released two separate draft guidances that will each help provide clarity for medical product companies, as well as other interested parties, on FDA’s current thinking and recommendations for a few different types of communications about medical products.read more »

FDA and EPA issue final fish consumption advice

18 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final advice regarding fish consumption. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant – as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children – make informed choices when it comes to fish that are healthy and safe to eat. (This advice refers to fish and shellfish collectively as “fish.”)read more »

Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)

18 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

OSCCP-1, Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-01-18 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-01-18 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)

18 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

OCCSP-1, Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-01-18 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-01-18 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Farm Service Agency State and County Fellowship Program (FSASCFP)

18 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

PM-2982, Farm Service Agency State and County Fellowship Program (FSASCFP)(FOR FSA State and County Employees) DATE POSTED: 2017-01-18 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-01-18 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

17 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling one (1) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can affect animals eating the product. There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.read more »

The Pictsweet Company Announces Voluntary Recall of Pictsweet Farms 12oz Breaded Okra due to Risk of Glass Contamination

14 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

The Pictsweet Company is voluntarily recalling select packages of Pictsweet Farms 12 ounce Breaded Okra after the company learned that some packages may contain glass fragments, which could cause injury if ingested. There has been one minor injury reported in connection with this issue.read more »

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