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Regulators Ponder Recall Procedures for Online Food Sellers
May 31, 2016
Regulators Ponder Recall Procedures for Online Food Sellers

After more than 30 individuals have contracted Salmonella Virchow, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into whether or not they need to develop specific food recall and notification methods for online retailers.

GRAS Acrylamide-Reducing Baker’s Yeast Strain Gets OK from FDA
May 30, 2016
GRAS Acrylamide-Reducing Baker’s Yeast Strain Gets OK from FDA

Renaissance BioScience Corporation--a global yeast innovation company--has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) notice for its nonGMO, acrylamide-reducing (AR) baker’s yeast strain.

FDA Issues Final Food Defense Rule Under FSMA
May 26, 2016
FDA Issues Final Food Defense Rule Under FSMA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a new food safety rule under the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Reactions Vary After GAO Releases Meat & Poultry Worker Safety Report
May 25, 2016
Reactions Vary After GAO Releases Meat & Poultry Worker Safety Report

A new report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), has garnered mixed reactions on worker safety in the meat and poultry industry and whether or not it has improved enough over the last decade or so.

5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Released by FDA
May 24, 2016
5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Released by FDA

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of its 5th Annual Report for the Reportable Food Registry (RFR).

New Beef Labels to Help Consumers Avoid Foodborne Illness
May 23, 2016
New Beef Labels to Help Consumers Avoid Foodborne Illness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently started requiring meat processors to affix labels to their beef products indicating that it has been mechanically tenderized, along with safe cooking instructions for consumers to follow.

Genetically Modified Salmon Approved for Sale in Canada
May 20, 2016
Genetically Modified Salmon Approved for Sale in Canada

In Canada, genetically modified (GM) salmon has been approved for sale.

New Zealand Forms Food Safety Science and Research Center
May 19, 2016
New Zealand Forms Food Safety Science and Research Center

This week marks the launch of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Center at Massey University in Palmerston North--a city in New Zealand.

Report: Genetically Modified Crops Pose No Health Risks
May 18, 2016
Report: Genetically Modified Crops Pose No Health Risks

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has discovered that, after extensive research, there is no distinct difference between food crops that are genetically modified (GM) and those that are conventionally grown.

Call for Abstracts: The 2017 Partnership for Food Safety Education Conference
May 16, 2016
Call for Abstracts: The 2017 Partnership for Food Safety Education Conference

A call for abstracts has been issued by The Partnership for Food Safety Education for the Advancing Food Safety Through Behavior Change--the sixth in a series of national consumer food safety education conferences.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Qualified Facilities Under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rules
May 13, 2016
FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Qualified Facilities Under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the publication of draft guidance to assist qualified facilities in complying with the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule or the Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Meijer Wins IAFP’s Prestigious Black Pearl Award
May 13, 2016
Meijer Wins IAFP’s Prestigious Black Pearl Award

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has chosen Meijer--a Midwestern, family-owned, privately-held superstore--as the Black Pearl Award recipient for 2016.

Industry Convenes for 18th Annual Food Safety Summit
May 10, 2016
Industry Convenes for 18th Annual Food Safety Summit

Today marks the kickoff of the 18th Annual Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo in Rosemont, IL--northwest of Chicago.

FDA to Hold FSMA Meetings in CA, NJ and MI Next Month
May 6, 2016
FDA to Hold FSMA Meetings in CA, NJ and MI Next Month

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold three separate 1-day meetings in relation to the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FDA Recognizes Canada as Having a Comparable Food Safety System to the U.S.
May 4, 2016
FDA Recognizes Canada as Having a Comparable Food Safety System to the U.S.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Department of Health Canada have all signed an arrangement acknowledging that each of the agencies’ food safety systems are comparable to one another.

DOJ Launches Dole Listeria Investigation
May 4, 2016
DOJ Launches Dole Listeria Investigation

Dole Food Company is officially under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice following a Listeria outbreak that claimed the lives of four people and sickened at least 29 others in the U.S. and Canada.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Issues Recall for Mispackaging, Undeclared Allergens
May 4, 2016
Blue Bell Ice Cream Issues Recall for Mispackaging, Undeclared Allergens

Blue Bell Ice Cream is back in the spotlight after issuing a recall due to mispackaging and undeclared allergens.

CDC Update: Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables
May 4, 2016
CDC Update: Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on the multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to frozen vegetables.

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Menu Labeling
May 3, 2016
FDA Issues Final Guidance on Menu Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the publication of a new final guidance for industry: A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods – Part II (Menu Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11).

FDA Report: Dole Officials Knew About Listeria in Facility
April 29, 2016
FDA Report: Dole Officials Knew About Listeria in Facility

Company officials knew a Dole salad plant was contaminated with Listeria for a year and a half before they shut it down — then they only took action after the U.S. and Canadian governments traced a deadly outbreak to the facility.

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