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Listeria Recall Affects Major U.S. Food Retailers
August 29, 2016
Listeria Recall Affects Major U.S. Food Retailers

Country Fresh--a Houston, TX food producer--has recalled 30,000 cases of fresh cut vegetables and other products like pico de gallo that are sold at big name retailers. The food items are possibly contaminated with Listeria.

Leafy Greens Added to CDC’s Foodborne Illness Questionnaire
August 26, 2016
Leafy Greens Added to CDC’s Foodborne Illness Questionnaire

After a Listeria outbreak involving bagged salads produced by Dole, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now including leafy greens on food history questionnaires that are used to interview foodborne illness patients.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Responds to FDA Warning Letter
August 25, 2016
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Responds to FDA Warning Letter

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream manufacturing plant in Columbus, OH because they had uncovered Listeria in the facility.

Some FSMA Compliance Dates Extended by FDA
August 24, 2016
Some FSMA Compliance Dates Extended by FDA

Yesterday, the FDA issued a final rule that extends and clarifies the compliance dates for certain provisions in four of the seven foundational rules.

USDA Updates Food Safety Tips for Flood Affected Areas
August 23, 2016
USDA Updates Food Safety Tips for Flood Affected Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has refreshed its list of recommendations to avoid foodborne illness for those impacted by recent flooding, specifically in the state of Louisiana.

FSIS Report Covers 16 Years of Salmonella Trends
August 18, 2016
FSIS Report Covers 16 Years of Salmonella Trends

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released a detailed report outlining 16 years worth of Salmonella data.

FDA Rules on GRAS Ingredients
August 12, 2016
FDA Rules on GRAS Ingredients

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule outlining the criteria that will decide whether or not an ingredient meant for use in human or animal food is generally recognized as safe (GRAS).

FDA: Denver Sprouts Company Linked to Multistate Outbreak
August 10, 2016
FDA: Denver Sprouts Company Linked to Multistate Outbreak

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella has been linked to a Denver, CO-based sprout company. At least 30 people have fallen ill and five were hospitalized after consuming alfalfa sprouts originating from Sprouts Extraordinaire.

Federal GMO Labeling Bill Signed by President Obama
August 3, 2016
Federal GMO Labeling Bill Signed by President Obama

Last week, President Barack Obama quietly signed a bill that will put in place a federal standard for the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The new law now requires the federal government to devise a universal standard for GMO labeling.

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.

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