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Blue Bell Recalls All Products After Listeria Contamination
April 21, 2015
Blue Bell Recalls All Products After Listeria Contamination

After an initial recall in March that caused three deaths and multiple illnesses over the last 4 years, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is now recalling all of its products due to traces of Listeria--a bacteria commonly found in raw milk.

2015 International Nonthermal Processing Workshop
April 20, 2015
2015 International Nonthermal Processing Workshop

After 4 years, the International Nonthermal Processing Workshop is returning to Europe! This year’s event hopes to attract an international audience from Europe, the U.S. and all the world regions active in nonthermal research and applications.

 

E. Coli Outbreak in Canada Possibly Linked to Leafy Green Vegetables
April 16, 2015
E. Coli Outbreak in Canada Possibly Linked to Leafy Green Vegetables

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), recent cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli) could possibly be linked to leafy green vegetables--specifically arugula, chard, kale, lettuce and spinach.

FDA Reports: Antimicrobial Resistance to Salmonella in Grocery Meat on the Decline
April 14, 2015
FDA Reports: Antimicrobial Resistance to Salmonella in Grocery Meat on the Decline

The 2012 Retail Meat Report and the 2013 Retail Meat Interim Report--both released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week--reveal that the presence of Salmonella resistance to antimicrobials in meat sold in U.S. grocery stores is decreasing following a peak in 2009. 

 

Egg Executives Get 3 Months in Prison for 2010 Salmonella Outbreak
April 14, 2015
Egg Executives Get 3 Months in Prison for 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

Austin “Jack” DeCoster (pictured left), owner of the now defunct Iowa-based Quality Egg LLC, and his son Peter DeCoster (pictured right) were both sentenced yesterday to 3 months in prison and 1 year of supervised released after Both defendants pleaded guilty in 2014 to a misdemeanor count of selling contaminated food across state lines.

IDDBA to Offer Retailers Up to $2,000 for Food Safety Certifications
April 13, 2015
IDDBA to Offer Retailers Up to $2,000 for Food Safety Certifications

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) is offering $2,000 annual reimbursements to their retail members as part of the Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP).

Progress in Finding Vaccines to Fight Foodborne Diseases
April 8, 2015
Progress in Finding Vaccines to Fight Foodborne Diseases

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 582 million cases of intestinal infection and 351,000 deaths in 2010--the most recent data available--were caused by foodborne viruses and bacteria. To help combat such widespread outbreaks and loss of life, there is much work being done to develop vaccines that fight some of the most common foodborne microbes.

 

17th Annual Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo
April 8, 2015
17th Annual Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo

Later this month, thousands of food safety professionals are expected to convene in Baltimore, MD for the 17th Annual Food Safety Summit, taking place April 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Partnerships Key to Improving Food Safety
April 7, 2015
Partnerships Key to Improving Food Safety

As we continue to recognize World Health Day’s focus on food safety, it cannot be expressed enough how global an issue this is. In the U.S. alone, much of our food supply is imported from other countries--specifically 20 percent of of vegetables, half of our fresh fruit and a whopping 80 percent of our seafood.

 

FDA Lacks Funds to Enforce FSMA
April 7, 2015
FDA Lacks Funds to Enforce FSMA

In 2010, it was determined by the Congressional Budget Office that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would require $580 million from 2011 to 2015 to execute the demands of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To date, Congress has allocated less than half of that amount to the cause, according to the New York Times.

USDA’s FoodKeeper App to Help Consumers Waste Less Food, Avoid Foodborne Illnesses
April 3, 2015
USDA’s FoodKeeper App to Help Consumers Waste Less Food, Avoid Foodborne Illnesses

As World Health Day approaches next week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reasserting its commitment to reduce food waste by launching FoodKeeper--a new food app developed by the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service along with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute.

New Food Safety Authority Takes Over in Scotland
April 1, 2015
New Food Safety Authority Takes Over in Scotland

Today, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) will take over responsibilities associated with regulating the country’s food safety.

USDA Awards $19 Million in Food Safety Grants to U.S. Universities
April 1, 2015
USDA Awards $19 Million in Food Safety Grants to U.S. Universities

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $19 million worth of funds awarded to 36 grantees for the purpose of “ensuring safe and nutritious food supply while maintaining American agricultural competitiveness.”

CFIA Inspection Staff Cuts Impacting Quality of Canadian Meat
March 31, 2015
CFIA Inspection Staff Cuts Impacting Quality of Canadian Meat

At a new conference this week, the Agriculture Union (AU) revealed that meat sold within Canadian borders is not as thoroughly inspected as meat that is exported, creating a “double standard”.

Ghana’s Food Safety Policy Draft Adopted by Industry Stakeholders
March 31, 2015
Ghana’s Food Safety Policy Draft Adopted by Industry Stakeholders

A new national food safety policy for the West African country of Ghana has been adopted by food industry stakeholders in an effort to protect consumers and to ensure that exported food items are indeed safe.

 

Consumers Union Asks Federal Agencies to Address Pesticides Classified as "Carcinogenic to Humans"
March 30, 2015
Consumers Union Asks Federal Agencies to Address Pesticides Classified as "Carcinogenic to Humans"

The Consumers Union (CU) has formally raised concerns about the use of pesticides on produce and their impact on human health (workers, consumers and especially children) and the environment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Announces 2015 Food Safety Workshops
March 27, 2015
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Announces 2015 Food Safety Workshops

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has announced its 2015 food safety training for the dairy industry.

Food Labeling Bill Gains Support from GMA
March 26, 2015
Food Labeling Bill Gains Support from GMA

The Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act presented by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) has gained support from the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA).

IUFoST Report Declares Most Vulnerable Foodborne Illness Victims
March 24, 2015
IUFoST Report Declares Most Vulnerable Foodborne Illness Victims

The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) has released its latest Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB).

FDA: Genetically Engineered Apples and Potatoes are Safe, Nutritious
March 20, 2015
FDA: Genetically Engineered Apples and Potatoes are Safe, Nutritious

After evaluating a diverse assortment of genetically engineered apples and potatoes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided that these foods are completely safe for human consumption, and are just as nutritious as their conventional counterparts.

 

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