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Top food safety prosecutor predicts Trump won’t change focus: Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer predicts president-elect Donald Trump’s administration will continue to support holding individuals responsible for corporate wrongdoing because “it isn’t ideological, it’s good law enforcement.” Recent corporate food safety breeches have resulted in successful prosecution of individuals involved with Quality Egg LLC and Peanut Corporation of America. Food Safety News notes that Mizer told corporate attorneys the year-old “Yates Memo” about holding individuals at corporations accountable, is “still evolving.” The memo called for the prosecution of individuals to be the priority in all corporate misconduct investigations. READ MORE

A catastrophe waiting to happen: Highly toxic cyanide used in mining is a catastrophe waiting to happen in the Sudanese province of South Kordofan, warns Dr. Yasser Hamouda, a researcher at the University of Chester in Great Britain. Most countries prohibit the use of cyanide because the chemical is difficult to control and very dangerous to humans and the environment. He warns of the danger that cyanide will penetrate ground water, contaminating wells and valleys that are a source of drinking water for humans and animals. READ MORE

Metagenomics offers insight into poultry disease: Learning more about how genes interact is extremely important in the battle against enteric disease for scientists at the Agricultural Research Service Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, Ga. Disorders like poult enteritis mortality syndrome, poult enteritis complex, and runting-stunting syndrome cause diarrhea in birds, resulting in decreased weight, mortality and increased production costs. Research has revealed that several viruses may be responsible for enteric diseases, yet a single causative agent has not been identified. Metagenomics research may help solve that mystery. READ MORE

New release of ‘Food Safety Law’: McGuireWoods’ Jim Neale and Angela Spivey have co-authored an updated version of Food Safety Law. The volume includes discussion of the final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, such as the Sanitary Transport Rule, the Food Defense Rule, and the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control Rule. It also addresses the Food and Drug Administration’s new “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) and nutrition labeling rules. READ MORE

Lead prompts curry recall: Oriental Packing Co. Inc. is again recalling spice products because of lead, this time pulling back an undisclosed amount of curry powder. In August the Miami company recalled almost 200 tons of blended curry spices because of lead contamination. The new recall involves Oriental brand and OCHO-RIOS brand curry powder, according to the recall notice posted Wednesday on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. READ MORE

Plastic fragments cause energy bar recall: Clif Bar & Co. is recalling some energy bars because fragments of plastic were discovered in a limited number of chocolate hazelnut Nut Butter Filled bars. Only the chocolate hazelnut butter flavor of “CLIF Nut Butter Filled” energy bars is being recalled. The recall is voluntary, and there have been no injuries reported as a result of consuming plastic fragments. The recall covers individual bars, 12-count “caddies” and cases, according to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. READ MORE