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Ireland Publishes 2016-2018 Food Safety Strategy
July 29, 2016
Ireland Publishes 2016-2018 Food Safety Strategy

The Food Safety Authority Ireland (FSAI) has published its strategy that will cover 2016 through 2018.

USDA’s Food Safety Discovery Zone National Tour
July 26, 2016
USDA’s Food Safety Discovery Zone National Tour

In an effort to help educate Michigan residents about how to prevent foodborne illness, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety Discovery Zone is planning a day of education at Michigan State University (MSU) next month.

 

Hot Peppers, Cucumbers and Raw Milk Cheese: FDA Shares New Sampling Data
July 21, 2016
Hot Peppers, Cucumbers and Raw Milk Cheese: FDA Shares New Sampling Data

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is releasing test results from its sampling of several commodities – raw milk cheese aged 60 days, cucumbers, and hot peppers – as part of an ongoing effort to help ensure food safety and prevent contaminated products from reaching consumers.

CDC Ends Frozen Vegetable Outbreak Investigation
July 18, 2016
CDC Ends Frozen Vegetable Outbreak Investigation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ended its investigation into CRF Frozen Foods’ multistate outbreak.

Nationwide GMO Labeling Bill Passes Congress; Awaits President Obama’s Signature
July 14, 2016
Nationwide GMO Labeling Bill Passes Congress; Awaits President Obama’s Signature

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 306-117 to pass the bill, pushing mandatory GMO labeling one step closer to reality.

FDA’s Strategic Plan Clears Path for the Next 10 Years
July 14, 2016
FDA’s Strategic Plan Clears Path for the Next 10 Years

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program (FVM) has unveiled a Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2016-2025 that outlines goals and objectives for the next 10 years.

FSMA’s Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities Final Rule
July 14, 2016
FSMA’s Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities Final Rule

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule that will improve the accuracy of the food facility registration database. This rule is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

GFSI to Support Food Safety Initiatives in China
July 12, 2016
GFSI to Support Food Safety Initiatives in China

This year marks the first-ever joint event with the newly-established China Food Safety Initiative (CFSI), which has benefited from the engagement of top local and global brands, as well as China national agencies including the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) and the China Nutrition and Health Food Association (CNHFA) - onboard with CFSI to drive food safety forward collaboratively. 

FSIS: Food Safety Data Sharing to Help Consumers Make Informed Choices
July 11, 2016
FSIS: Food Safety Data Sharing to Help Consumers Make Informed Choices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has plans to begin sharing new levels of food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities in the United States, on Data.gov.

Study: Distressed Cattle More Likely to Shed STEC
July 8, 2016
Study: Distressed Cattle More Likely to Shed STEC

A collaborative study involving Michigan State University and various animal scientists, epidemiologists, farmers, graduate students, microbiologists, undergraduates and veterinarians has provided to insight that could help to decrease the number of Escherichia coli illnesses.

USDA: Food Safety Progress Most Noticeable Under Obama Administration
July 5, 2016
USDA: Food Safety Progress Most Noticeable Under Obama Administration

Over the past 7 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has instituted these five noteworthy food safety changes.

More E. coli Illnesses Prompt General Mills Recall Expansion
July 5, 2016
More E. coli Illnesses Prompt General Mills Recall Expansion

After 10 million pounds of flour was voluntarily recalled on May 31, General Mills has announced the expansion of a flour recall due to new reports of illness stemming from an Escherichia coli outbreak.

July 1, 2016
Poultry Carcass Treatment Can Cause False-Negatives in Salmonella Testing: USDA Institutes “Fix”
Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Starts July 1
July 1, 2016
Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Starts July 1

As of today, July 1, 2016, most food products sold in Vermont must legally display on the label if that item includes any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The new law--that all began with a bill that passed 2 years ago--is the first of its kind in the U.S. Although Vermont is the only state implicated, the law is having an effect nationwide.

Senate Agrees on Nationwide GMO Labels
June 24, 2016
Senate Agrees on Nationwide GMO Labels

This week, U.S. Senate lawmakers reached an agreement regarding how foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be labeled. The deal comes just one week before Vermont’s precedent-setting GMO labeling laws go into effect on July 1.

Research: Old Technique Greatly Reduces Salmonella in Ground Meats
June 23, 2016
Research: Old Technique Greatly Reduces Salmonella in Ground Meats

New research presented this week has revealed that an old technique can reduce the presence of Salmonella in meat by as much as 90 percent.

FDA Uses Whole Genome Sequencing to Pinpoint Foodborne Outbreak Origins
June 23, 2016
FDA Uses Whole Genome Sequencing to Pinpoint Foodborne Outbreak Origins

An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down the bacteria that caused it.

Purdue University to School Vegetable Farmers on FSMA
June 22, 2016
Purdue University to School Vegetable Farmers on FSMA

Purdue University’s Cooperative Extension Service will offer a program twice next month to update vegetable growers on federal regulations involving postharvest food safety and show how they can reduce the risk of contamination.

ISO Revises Food Industry Standard for Microbiological Testing
June 21, 2016
ISO Revises Food Industry Standard for Microbiological Testing

ISO 16140:2003 for the validation of alternative (proprietary) microbiological methods has just been revised.

Food Safety Magazine’s Partnership with GFSI Captures 2016 Conference Highlights
June 21, 2016
Food Safety Magazine’s Partnership with GFSI Captures 2016 Conference Highlights

Food Safety Magazine, primary media sponsor of the Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin, Germany, partnered with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) to capture feedback and observations on the conference itself and how the lessons learned can and will be implemented in the ever-changing world of food safety.

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