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Yelp Beta Tests Poor Restaurant Inspection Alerts
October 27, 2015
Yelp Beta Tests Poor Restaurant Inspection Alerts

Last week, the popular review website Yelp began beta testing a food safety alert for restaurants in the San Francisco area that had received poor inspection scores.

 

WHO Says Processed Meats Cause Cancer
October 26, 2015
WHO Says Processed Meats Cause Cancer

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency announced today that consuming processed meats can cause cancer.

The Hot Dog Report Finds Meat in Meat-Free Products, Along with Human DNA
October 26, 2015
The Hot Dog Report Finds Meat in Meat-Free Products, Along with Human DNA

The Hot Dog Report released by Clear Food--a company that conducts genetic testing on food products--last week reveals that 10 percent of vegetarian hot dogs they tested contained meat.

October 23, 2015
Rocky Mountain Area Universities Partner to Create FSMA Trainings

Oregon State University’s (OSU) Western Regional Food Safety Training Center has just received funding that will allow partnership with Colorado State University (CSU) and five other land-grant universities in the Rocky Mountain region.

 

FSANZ Annual Report Sums Up a Year of Food Recalls
October 23, 2015
FSANZ Annual Report Sums Up a Year of Food Recalls

An annual report released by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) reveals that most of both countries’ food recalls throughout 2014-15 have been due to undeclared allergens and microbiological contaminations--primarily Listeria.

Subway Restaurants to Serve All Antibiotic-Free Meat by 2025
October 21, 2015
Subway Restaurants to Serve All Antibiotic-Free Meat by 2025

Today, Subway Restaurants announced plans to transition to serving only protein from animals that have never received antibiotics.

CDC Launches Updated Online Foodborne Outbreak Database
October 20, 2015
CDC Launches Updated Online Foodborne Outbreak Database

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new version of its online tool that allows users to search for data on foodborne outbreaks.

Poll: Sick Employees Insist on Serving Up Food
October 19, 2015
Poll: Sick Employees Insist on Serving Up Food

More than half of food industry workers go to work sick, according to the annual Mind of the Food Worker study conducted by the Center for Research and Public Policy and commissioned by Alchemy Systems.

 

USDA Invests in Global Food Security
October 16, 2015
USDA Invests in Global Food Security

An extensive overview of how the USDA is doing its part to improve food security all over the world.

Alvin and the Chipmunks to School Kids on Food Safety
October 16, 2015
Alvin and the Chipmunks to School Kids on Food Safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ad Council are teaming up with 20th Century FOX to launch a series of public service advertisements featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks--an American animated music group.

 

Mars and FAO Team Up to Improve Food Safety in Developing Countries
October 16, 2015
Mars and FAO Team Up to Improve Food Safety in Developing Countries

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Mars, Inc. have joined forces in a new partnership agreement to make food safer across the world, but particularly in developing countries.

 

Cornell Earns $7M for Food Processing Research
October 15, 2015
Cornell Earns $7M for Food Processing Research

Cornell University’s Food Venture Center in Geneva, NY has earned a $7 million state investment for research aimed at developing new techniques for food and beverage processing and production.

 

Tests Show California Produce Contains Legal Pesticide Levels
October 15, 2015
Tests Show California Produce Contains Legal Pesticide Levels

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) just released the 2014 Pesticide Residues in Fresh Produce report in which the organization declares that, based on testing, the vast majority of fruits and vegetables sold in the Golden State do meet federal pesticide safety standards.

Shipping of Corrugated Boxes Outpaces Traditional Wax Boxes
October 14, 2015
Shipping of Corrugated Boxes Outpaces Traditional Wax Boxes

New data from the Fibre Box Association (FBA) shows that more corrugated boxes are shipped with recyclable alternative coatings than those shipping using traditional wax coatings. This is a first since the corrugated industry’s recyclable protocol came about in 2005.

 

California's Ban of Antibiotic Use Sets Precedent
October 14, 2015
California's Ban of Antibiotic Use Sets Precedent

California has become the first state to ban the routine use of antibiotic drugs in farm animals.

Study Uncovers Likely Source of Listeria in Caramel Apples
October 13, 2015
Study Uncovers Likely Source of Listeria in Caramel Apples

In a study published this week, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Food Research Institute have concluded that caramel apples most likely become contaminated with Listeria from one source--the inserted dipping sticks upon which they stand.

Blue Bell Workers Say Production, Money Over Cleanliness at Texas Plant
October 13, 2015
Blue Bell Workers Say Production, Money Over Cleanliness at Texas Plant

In a televised CBS News report, former workers at Blue Bell Creameries are blowing the whistle on management, claiming that complaints about cleanliness and sanitation at the Brenham, TX plant went ignored before a Listeria outbreak earlier this year caused 10 illnesses and three deaths.

Study: High Levels of Arsenic in American Wines
October 12, 2015
Study: High Levels of Arsenic in American Wines

A study by researchers at the University of Washington found that most American wines have arsenic levels higher than what’s allowed in drinking water--a threshold set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

Insects as a Protein Source? EFSA Says It Depends
October 9, 2015
Insects as a Protein Source? EFSA Says It Depends

A risk assessment published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that the use of insects as a source of protein in human and animal food depends heavily on how the insects were reared and processed.

 

Maple Leaf Foods Will Require GFSI-Certified Suppliers in 2017
October 8, 2015
Maple Leaf Foods Will Require GFSI-Certified Suppliers in 2017

Maple Leaf Foods has announced that, beginning in 2017, the company will require all of its suppliers--protein, ingredients and packaging--to become food safety certified to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard.

 

 
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