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Difficult Choices Ahead If FSMA Does Not Acquire Proper Funding
September 17, 2015
Difficult Choices Ahead If FSMA Does Not Acquire Proper Funding

In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successful, it must obtain sufficient funding as determined by Congress.

President Obama Taps Robert Califf as New FDA Lead
September 15, 2015
President Obama Taps Robert Califf as New FDA Lead

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama is nominating Robert Califf as the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

Most U.S. Restaurant Chains Fail to Adequately Address Antibiotic Use, Report Says
September 15, 2015
Most U.S. Restaurant Chains Fail to Adequately Address Antibiotic Use, Report Says

A joint report and scorecard by a number of organizations has rated more than 20 top restaurants on their use of antibiotics in meat. With the exception of five companies, all received failing grades.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Chain Restaurant Menu Labeling
September 11, 2015
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Chain Restaurant Menu Labeling

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance entitled, “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Other Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods--Part II”.

FSA Releases New Data on Campylobacter in UK Chickens
September 11, 2015
FSA Releases New Data on Campylobacter in UK Chickens

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has just published its final report of their year-long survey of Campylobacter levels on UK fresh shop-bought chickens.

 

Tainted Cucumber Outbreak Claims Two Lives; Sickens Hundreds in 30 States
September 11, 2015
Tainted Cucumber Outbreak Claims Two Lives; Sickens Hundreds in 30 States

Two people in California and Texas have died after consuming cucumbers that were contaminated with Salmonella poona.

 

FSMA Rules on Human and Animal Food Published by FDA
September 10, 2015
FSMA Rules on Human and Animal Food Published by FDA

In January 2011, President Barack Obama signed off on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Over 4 years later, some of FSMA’s final rules are coming into effect.

 

Study: Consumers are Drawn to Traceable Foods
September 8, 2015
Study: Consumers are Drawn to Traceable Foods

New research from the University at Buffalo School of Management suggests that consumers are more likely to purchase food products when stores utilize traceability systems that prove where and how the food was produced and shipped.

Details Thin in Subway’s Antibiotic Free Chicken Plans
September 8, 2015
Details Thin in Subway’s Antibiotic Free Chicken Plans

Subway is joining a rapidly growing list of fast food restaurants choosing to serve antibiotic free chicken due to growing concern about antibiotic resistance from consumers.

 

Deadline Looms for FDA to Finalize Safety Standards for Produce and Imported Food
September 8, 2015
Deadline Looms for FDA to Finalize Safety Standards for Produce and Imported Food

As President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda gradually comes to an end, there’s expected to be an onslaught of new rules passed before election year becomes Washington’s priority.

 

Is the Civil Justice System the Best Protector Against Unsafe Food?
September 3, 2015
Is the Civil Justice System the Best Protector Against Unsafe Food?

A new report issued this week by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) states that food safety regulators are not able to keep up with such a quickly evolving industry, therefore making the civil justice system the primary point of protection against unsafe food for consumers.

 

Survey: Consumers More Concerned with Chemicals in Food vs. Foodborne Illness
September 2, 2015
Survey: Consumers More Concerned with Chemicals in Food vs. Foodborne Illness

When it comes to food safety concerns, American consumers are most worried about chemicals in food, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2015 Food and Health Survey. Previously, consumers’ concerns were centered around foodborne illness.

 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Resumes Production
September 1, 2015
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Resumes Production

Five months after shutting down production due to Listeria contamination, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ Columbus, OH facility is now back in business. For now, the facility will only be used for making certain ice cream ingredients.

Is Grass-Fed Organic Cattle Really Less Likely to Contain Bacteria?
August 27, 2015
Is Grass-Fed Organic Cattle Really Less Likely to Contain Bacteria?

Is organic ground beef safer than conventional beef? It is, according to Consumer Reports’ “How Safe is Your Ground Beef?”.

NEHA Awarded FDA Food Safety Cooperative Agreement to Build Capacity for State and Local Regulatory Agencies
August 27, 2015
NEHA Awarded FDA Food Safety Cooperative Agreement to Build Capacity for State and Local Regulatory Agencies

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has been awarded a 5 year, $5 million cooperative agreement to develop and implement critically needed training for state, local, territorial, and tribal food safety agencies.
 

Food Safety Group Sues USDA Over Requests for Records
August 26, 2015
Food Safety Group Sues USDA Over Requests for Records

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for allegedly failing to respond to the group’s requests for records on genetically engineered crops CFS says harm the environment.

Denmark Sees Decrease in Foodborne Outbreaks
August 26, 2015
Denmark Sees Decrease in Foodborne Outbreaks

In 2014, Denmark experienced a decrease in reported foodborne outbreaks, according to new data released by the National Food Institute, the Technical University of Denmark, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, and Statens Serum Institute.

August 24, 2015
Congressional Democrats Urge FDA to Help Small Farmers with FSMA

A request was sent to FDA to implement programs and training to help small farmers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Union: CFIA’s $35 Million Budget Cut a Major Risk to Public Health
August 20, 2015
Union: CFIA’s $35 Million Budget Cut a Major Risk to Public Health

Federal budget cuts in Canada are putting public health at risk, says the president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Blue Bell to Return in Select Markets Before Labor Day
August 18, 2015
Blue Bell to Return in Select Markets Before Labor Day

Blue Bell Creameries has announced that its products will be back on some store shelves just in time for Labor Day--about 4 months after a Listeria outbreak led to a nationwide recall and complete shutdown of operations.

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