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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.

FDA Halts Testing of Glyphosate, A Possible Carcinogen
November 14, 2016
FDA Halts Testing of Glyphosate, A Possible Carcinogen

Government testing of residues from glyphosate--an herbicide that kills weeds and has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization--has been put on hold by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In recent years, the presence of pesticides in foods has become a top concern for American consumers.

FDA Details Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Final Guidance with Q&A
November 10, 2016
FDA Details Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Final Guidance with Q&A

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced final guidance for industry for a voluntary, fee-based program to allow the expedited review and importation of foods into the U.S. from importers with a proven track record of food safety and security.

FSIS Strategic Plan Maps Out Five Year Food Safety Agenda
November 9, 2016
FSIS Strategic Plan Maps Out Five Year Food Safety Agenda

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to expand its testing in a 5-year strategic plan made public this month.

GFSI to Host Food Safety Industry at D.C. FSMA Briefing
November 7, 2016
GFSI to Host Food Safety Industry at D.C. FSMA Briefing

Policymakers, regulators and other food industry giants are meeting to discuss groundbreaking efforts in public-private collaboration for public health and international business.

EFSA: Pesticide Residues in Food Pose Low Consumer Risk
November 7, 2016
EFSA: Pesticide Residues in Food Pose Low Consumer Risk

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released its annual report on pesticide residues in food.

FDA: Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak Sent to Schools, Restaurants
November 4, 2016
FDA: Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak Sent to Schools, Restaurants

The FDA has discovered that recalled strawberry products may have still been served--particularly in schools and restaurants--in the weeks following an initial recall.

 

FSAI: Irish Consumers’ Salt Intake Still Too High
November 3, 2016
FSAI: Irish Consumers’ Salt Intake Still Too High

Today, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) published an update of its annual salt monitoring program, now in it’s 13th year.

Eggs from Poland Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Seven Countries
November 1, 2016
Eggs from Poland Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Seven Countries

From May 2016 through October 2016, at least seven countries have confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis, signaling a multi-country outbreak.

EU Food Lobbyists Support Continued Presence of Cancer-Causing Chemical in Food
October 27, 2016
EU Food Lobbyists Support Continued Presence of Cancer-Causing Chemical in Food

According to leaked documents, food safety officials in the EU have dropped legislation that was supposed to limit the use of acrylamide, an “extremely hazardous substance”, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a chemical that has been previously linked to cancer.

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