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2016 Salmonella Oslo Outbreak Linked to Persian Cucumbers
January 5, 2017
2016 Salmonella Oslo Outbreak Linked to Persian Cucumbers

Between March and April 2016, 14 consumers in eight states became ill with Salmonella Oslo after apparently eating contaminated cucumbers. After epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory investigations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says the source of the outbreak was Persian cucumbers.

Blue Bell Ready for Business as Usual After Listeria Outbreak
January 3, 2017
Blue Bell Ready for Business as Usual After Listeria Outbreak

According to reports, Blue Bell Creameries is asking federal regulators to let up and allow the Texas-based ice cream maker to get back to business as usual following a deadly Listeria outbreak.

FDA Announces Updated FSMA Training Strategy
December 21, 2016
FDA Announces Updated FSMA Training Strategy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published an updated training strategy that reflects progress made with the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) over the past year or so.

Salmonella Stourbridge Suddenly on the Rise in Germany
December 21, 2016
Salmonella Stourbridge Suddenly on the Rise in Germany

During the second half of 2016, Germany has experienced an increase in the number of Salmonella Stourbridge cases. The source of the infections has yet to be identified.

EU Reports Significant Changes in Listeria, Salmonella Cases
December 19, 2016
EU Reports Significant Changes in Listeria, Salmonella Cases

The European Union has released a summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and foodborne outbreaks in 2015.

Fresh Del Monte Produce's Genetically Modified Pink Pineapple OK for Sale
December 16, 2016
Del Monte’s Genetically Modified Pink Pineapple OK for Sale

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided this week that a genetically modified pink pineapple--developed by food giant Fresh Del Monte Produce--is now safe to sell in the U.S.

FSIS: “Best if Used By” Dates to Curb Food Waste, Save Money
December 16, 2016
FSIS: “Best if Used By” Dates to Curb Food Waste, Save Money

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued new information on food product labeling. This includes new guidance that encourages food manufacturers and retailers to apply “Best if Used By” date labels to food products.

EPA Meets to Assess Glyphosate’s Link to Cancer
December 14, 2016
EPA Meets to Assess Glyphosate’s Link to Cancer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tasked a panel of independent experts--the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel--with meeting this week with the goal of determining once and for all whether or not glyphosate--the most commonly used herbicide in the world--is linked to cancer.

ConAgra to Plead Guilty in 2006 Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Butter Case
December 12, 2016
ConAgra to Plead Guilty in 2006 Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Butter Case

About 10 years ago, ConAgra’s Peter Pan brand peanut butter sickened hundreds of consumers in a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. Now, the food giant is heading to court to complete an $11.2 million settlement--the largest criminal fine ever ordered in a U.S. food safety case.

USDA: 99% of Produce Samples Have Low Pesticide Levels
December 9, 2016
USDA: 99% of Produce Samples Have Low Pesticide Levels

For the 25th year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Pesticide Data Program (PDP) has released its Annual Summary.

Ten Countries Impacted by Salmonella Tainted Eggs from Poland
December 7, 2016
Ten Countries Impacted by Salmonella Tainted Eggs from Poland

More than 360 people in 10 countries have been affected by a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to an egg producer in Poland. One child in Croatia is believed to have died in connection to the Salmonella outbreak.

Study: Recipe Instructions Can Improve Consumer Food Safety Habits
December 5, 2016
Study: Recipe Instructions Can Improve Consumer Food Safety Habits

Researchers at Kansas State University (KSU) have discovered that recipes with handwashing reminders and meat thermometer instructions do have positive impacts on consumer food safety.

EPA Announces Plans for Safer Drinking Water
November 30, 2016
EPA Announces Plans for Safer Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a plan that serves as a national call to action, urging all levels of government, utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to work together to increase the safety and reliability of drinking water.

FDA Clarifies December 1, 2016 Menu Labeling Compliance Deadline
November 30, 2016
FDA Clarifies December 1, 2016 Menu Labeling Compliance Deadline

In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance on menu food labeling regulations. Now, the agency is clarifying specifics regarding the rule’s compliance date.

Update: FDA’s Sampling of Cucumbers and Hot Peppers
November 28, 2016
Update: FDA’s Sampling of Cucumbers and Hot Peppers

This month, FDA has released new data for sampling of hot peppers and cucumbers.

Research: Avocado Seed Extract Can Limit Listeria Growth
November 23, 2016
Research: Avocado Seed Extract Can Limit Listeria Growth

In the search for more natural food additives to keep foods safe and fresh, researchers have discovered that isolated compounds from avocado seed extracts could limit the growth of Listeria bacteria in ready-to-eat foods.

USDA’s National Agricultural Library Launches New Online Food Safety Video Collection
November 21, 2016
USDA’s National Agricultural Library Launches New Online Food Safety Video Collection

To help the public more easily access USDA food safety research information, the department’s National Agricultural Library’s (NAL's) Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) has launched a new “Meet the Experts” online video collection available on the NAL website.

 

Decision: Carrageenan Banned in Organic Foods
November 18, 2016
Decision: Carrageenan Banned in Organic Foods

Based on a decision announced this week, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)--a body that advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture--will no longer permit carrageenan to be used as an additive in organic food.

IUFoST Bulletin Examines Worldwide Food Fraud Problem
November 17, 2016
IUFoST Bulletin Examines Worldwide Food Fraud Problem

Earlier this month, the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) unveiled its most recent Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB) which focuses on food fraud.

USDA Dedicates $9.4M to Farm Pest Management
November 17, 2016
USDA Dedicates $9.4M to Farm Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities.

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