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Colorado State Breaks Ground on $15 Million Food Safety Innovation Center
March 29, 2017
Colorado State Breaks Ground on $15 Million Food Safety Innovation Center

Colorado State University (CSU) has begun constructing the JBS Global Food Innovation Center. The $15 million state-of-the-art facility will focus on best practices in three distinct areas--food safety, meat sciences and animal handling and welfare.

FDA, USDA and CDC Map Out 5-Year Foodborne Illness Plan
March 27, 2017
FDA, USDA and CDC Map Out 5-Year Foodborne Illness Plan

Last week, a new Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 was unveiled by The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC)--a partnership that consists of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

U.S. Has No Beef with Spoiled Brazilian Meat
March 22, 2017
U.S. Has No Beef with Spoiled Brazilian Meat

After reports of inspectors taking bribes to allow the sale of contaminated food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now testing shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products originating from Brazil.

Trump’s Budget Cuts Leave Food Safety on Back Burner
March 17, 2017
Trump’s Budget Cuts Leave Food Safety on Back Burner

This week, President Donald Trump released an outline of his first federal budget. His 2018 budget plans include slashing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) funding by a whopping $4.7 billion.

Campylobacter Cases in UK Still Declining
March 15, 2017
Campylobacter Cases in UK Still Declining

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reported this week that there was a significant decline in the number of human cases of Campylobacter in 2016.

Trump to Nominate Big Pharma Ally Scott Gottlieb to Lead FDA
March 13, 2017
Trump to Nominate Big Pharma Ally Scott Gottlieb to Lead FDA

Gottlieb, 44, is a partner at a venture capitalist firm that focuses on healthcare investments and has a long history with both the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

FDA Shares Details on Soft Cheese Listeria Outbreak
March 10, 2017
FDA Shares Details on Soft Cheese Listeria Outbreak

Ouleout cheese from Vulto Creamery in Walton, NY has been identified as the most likely source of a Listeria outbreak that has sickened 6 people in 4 states. Two of those illnesses resulted in fatalities.

Tyson Foods: Avian Flu Outbreak Not a Food Safety or Human Health Concern
March 8, 2017
Tyson Foods: Avian Flu Outbreak Not a Food Safety or Human Health Concern

A Tennessee chicken farm that supplies meat to Tyson Foods is confirmed to have a deadly form of bird flu, prompting South Asia to reject imports of American chicken.

Tuskegee Researchers Secure Patent for PCR Assay That Differentiates Between Live and Dead Bacteria
March 6, 2017
Tuskegee Researchers Secure Patent for PCR Assay That Differentiates Between Live and Dead Bacteria

Researchers at Tuskegee University--a historically African American college in Alabama--have secured a patent for a faster and more efficient way to detect live bacteria that could contaminate the nation’s food supply.

Five State E. coli Outbreak Linked to Soy Nut Butter Product
March 3, 2017
Five State E. coli Outbreak Linked to Soy Nut Butter Product

An Escherichia coli (E. coli) outbreak in five states has prompted state and federal officials to investigate the origin of the foodborne illness.

 

 

CDC Releases New Data on Outbreaks Linked to Imported Foods
March 3, 2017
CDC Releases New Data on Outbreaks Linked to Imported Foods

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more imported foods--primarily fish and produce--are the cause of foodborne disease outbreaks.

WHO: New Antibiotics Needed for E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and More
February 28, 2017
WHO: New Antibiotics Needed for E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and More

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens”.

FSSAI and GFSP Join Forces to Train for Mycotoxin, Pesticide Residue and Veterinary Drug Residue Testing
February 27, 2017
FSSAI and GFSP Join Forces to Train for Mycotoxin, Pesticide Residue and Veterinary Drug Residue Testing

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has teamed up with the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) for the purpose of training its laboratory personnel on testing methods for mycotoxins, pesticide residues and veterinary drug residues.

Twitter Use Improves Food Poisoning Reports, Says Washington University
February 24, 2017
Twitter Use Improves Food Poisoning Reports, Says Washington University

According to a new study conducted by the Brown School at Washington University (St. Louis, MO), notifying the proper government authorities of suspected food poisoning could improve not only the reporting of such illnesses, but thoroughness of the follow up investigation as well.

Cornell: DNA Damage Possible After Salmonella Food Poisoning
February 23, 2017
Cornell: DNA Damage Possible After Salmonella Food Poisoning

Food scientists at Cornell University have discovered that some Salmonella serotypes can have a lasting, negative effect on one’s DNA.

FSA Statement Clarifies Meat Inspection Process in UK
February 21, 2017
FSA Statement Clarifies Meat Inspection Process in UK

The UK's Food Standards Agency clarifies how the region goes about inspecting imported meat after a series of misleading media reports.

FMI, GMA Introduce Clearer Date Labels to Curtail Food Waste
February 17, 2017
FMI, GMA Introduce Clearer Date Labels to Curtail Food Waste

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have teamed up to develop clearer messaging aimed at helping consumers better understand food expiration dates, thus reducing food waste.

Supplier’s Listeria Problems Affect Cheeses by Sargento, Sara Lee, Meijer
February 14, 2017
Supplier’s Listeria Problems Affect Cheeses by Sargento, Sara Lee, Meijer

The third party supplier at the helm of the massive recall--Deutsch Kase Haus of Middlebury, IN--is no stranger to Listeria contamination. In the fall of 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly conducted environmental testing in which three out of 25 swabs tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Sanderson Farms to Continue Using Antibiotics in Meat
February 10, 2017
Sanderson Farms to Continue Using Antibiotics in Meat

On Thursday, a Sanderson Farms Inc. shareholder proposal to stop the use of medically important antibiotics for animal growth and disease prevention did not pass with enough votes.

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Open for Public Comment
February 8, 2017
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Open for Public Comment

The proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will introduce modern food safety requirements for businesses that either import food, or prepare food to be exported or sold across provinces.

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