FSIS does not see need for changing veal terminology

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has denied a 4-year-old petition filed on behalf of the American Veal Association. The petition sought an FSIS rulemaking to establish regulatory definitions for veal and other immature cattle to be consistent with industry practices.  Specifically, the petition requested:

  •  That FSIS define “veal” as “any immature bovine having a dressed carcass weight up to 425 pounds and administered only U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved medications and feed, formula, nutritional and herbal supplements in accordance with regulations.” 
  •  That FSIS establish “optional” subcategories for “milk-fed veal,” “formula-fed veal,” and “grain/grass-fed veal” based on the live animal’s diet and its dressed carcass weight, and for “bob veal” based on a dressed carcass weight of fewer than 100 pounds. 
  •  That FSIS defines “calf” for labeling purposes as any immature bovine that does not meet any of the requested veal definitions.

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This Japanese Ceramic Pig Lets Me Have a Patio Cocktail in Peace 

Reclaim your outdoor space from mosquitos with this household item

I’m always up for an al fresco cocktail on the patio… in theory. If we’re being honest, I much prefer to spend time sitting (inside) at the bar or enjoying my Manhattan in the temperature-controlled comforts of my own home. One of the main reasons for my outdoor wariness, especially on the home front: mosquitos, which absolutely plague our Northern Virginia yard.

This summer was going to be different. Hitting up the local dive bar or a classy cocktail haunt is not an option for us in the COVID era. And when you’re spending a lot of time at home, you start to feel pretty trapped if you’re always indoors. I vowed that I would actually leave my house regularly to sip a margarita on our patio, as long as the weather was cooperative. But throughout the summer, those pesky … Read more

Imported frozen berries suspected in hepatitis A outbreak

Officials in Sweden and Denmark are investigating a hepatitis A outbreak with frozen imported berries suspected to be the source of infection.

Since mid-July, nine patients with the same type of hepatitis A virus have been reported from five different regions in Sweden. The latest patient fell ill on Sept. 18.

Six women and three men from Norrbotten, Västra Götaland, Stockholm, Uppsala and Södermanland are infected with the liver virus. Patients range from 2 to 78 years old. Also, a couple of people are ill in Denmark.

Frozen berries named as potential source
Interviews have found some people ate frozen imported berries, especially raspberries, which were not heated before consumption. However, analysis of sampled berries has not been able to detect the hepatitis A virus.

Local infection control units, Swedish Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket), and Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) are investigating to confirm the source of the infections.

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Trump Is Holding the New Stimulus Bill Hostage, and Restaurant Workers Will Suffer for It

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The president says he’ll resume negotiations “immediately after I win” the election

At the end of September, House Democrats passed a new version of the HEROES Act, a revised bill that would not only provide new stimulus checks now that everyone has used up the $1,200 they got (or didn’t get) in May, but would also include $120 billion in grants for restaurants, bars, and food trucks. Though it is a potential beacon of hope for the restaurant industry, as well as other sectors, President Donald Trump has asked his “representatives” (presumably meaning Republican members of Congress) to stop negotiating a new stimulus bill, tweeting that talks would resume “immediately after I win” the election.

Should he win, Trump said, “We will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” but lambasted the $2.2 trillion HEROES Act. … Read more

Marijuana growers get pesticide options after Colorado’s Wild West era

After Colorado’s Amendment 64 passed, making the recreational use of marijuana legal beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the state went for almost two years without even some basic regulation of pesticides. It was a time pot growers with all sorts of pesticides would drench plants being grown over cement warehouse floors.

Amendment 64 said only the state’s Department of Revenue could regulate recreational marijuana. Edible marijuana products, as well as smokable products, are available across the state.

Finally, in November 2015, then-Gov. John W. Hickenlooper declared that Colorado marijuana products contaminated by pesticides were a threat to public safety. Hickenlooper ruled marijuana contaminated with so-called “off-label” pesticide use was a risk to public health. He ordered actions by several state agencies to “hold and destroy” any pot plants that were sprayed with such pesticides.

By the following spring, Colorado’s “wild west” era for canibus growers was ending. On March 30,

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