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April 23, 2014
Ag Secretary Touts Recent USDA Innovations, Including Fruit Spoilage Prevention Packet

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. Among those breakthroughs are antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling and flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain.

April 22, 2014
FSIS Issues Guidance on Controlling Listeria in Retail Delis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday published a guidance document to aid retail delicatessens in controlling Listeria monocytogenes. The agency is soliciting public comments on the guidance through June 20, 2014.

April 18, 2014
Twitter Grant Winners Include Harvard Foodborne Illness Researchers

The social networking platform Twitter has announced the winners of its inaugural data grants program, which will give selected research institutions access to the entire history of tweets related to their research topics. One of the six institutions, Harvard Medical School (in conjunction with Boston Children's Hospital), plans to use the Twitter data to study foodborne illness.

April 17, 2014
CDC's 2013 Food Safety Progress Report Shows... Not So Much Progress

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released its 2013 Food Safety Progress Report, which shows that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States.

April 17, 2014
AMI Members Agree to Merge with NAMA Next January

American Meat Institute (AMI) General Members yesterday voted unanimously to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association (NAMA), slated to occur Jan. 1, 2015.

April 16, 2014
'Safety Datapalooza' Boosts Usability of FSIS Salmonella Data

During a Jan. 14 event held at USDA headquarters and called "Safety Datapalooza," FSIS officials announced that several years worth of data on Salmonella and Campylobacter is now available to industry and the public via

April 16, 2014
Food Industry Alliance Releases Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste

Today an alliance of food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators published a toolkit to help businesses in the food sector reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill.

April 16, 2014
Cherney Extends Laboratory Testing Services into the Southwest

Green Bay, WI-based Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd. today announced that it is expanding its laboratory testing services by adding a location in Clovis, NM.

April 15, 2014
Purdue Researchers Use Phages to Reduce E. coli in Beef, Spinach

Scientists at Purdue University have just published research in the Journal of Animal Science explaining how they used a three-phage cocktail to reduce E. coli O157:H7 in experimentally contaminated ground beef and spinach.

April 15, 2014
FSIS Issues Updated Directive on Safe and Suitable Ingredients

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday released the latest revision of Directive 7120.1, "Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in The Production of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products."

April 14, 2014
FSA Announces New Round of Tests to Check Beef for Horse Meat

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today confirmed details of a new round of tests of beef products for horse meat contamination. The tests have been requested by the European Commission as part of the follow-up to last year’s horse meat incident where a number of beef products sold across Europe were found to have been deliberately adulterated with horse meat.

April 14, 2014
USDA Moving Forward on Plans to Increase Poultry Inspection Line Speeds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to finalize a proposed rule by the end of the year that seeks to create a new speedier inspection system at poultry slaughter plants, according to Brian Ronholm, USDA's acting undersecretary for food safety.

April 11, 2014
European Health Agencies Still Seeking Source of Multinational Hepatitis A Outbreak

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today released an update on an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A that began over a year ago. More than 1,300 hepatitis A cases have been reported in 11 Member States since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to the ongoing outbreak.

April 11, 2014
FDA Allows Irradiation of Shellfish to Control Foodborne Pathogens

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is amending its current food additive regulations to allow the safe use of ionizing radiation on crustaceans (e.g., crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and prawns) to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life.

April 10, 2014
Sample6's DETECT/L Listeria Assay Receives AOAC-PTM Certification

Sample6 yesterday announced that DETECT/L™, an enrichment-free, single-shift pathogen diagnostic for Listeria species, has been awarded AOAC Certification from the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods (PTM) Program.

April 9, 2014
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Proper Labeling of Honey Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued draft guidance for industry entitled “Guidance for Industry: Proper Labeling of Honey and Honey Products.”

April 8, 2014
Capri Sun Adopts New Package, Ad Campaign to Counter Mold Complaints

In response to occasional news reports of mold being found in its drinks, Kraft Foods is introducing new packaging for its Capri Sun brand beverages. The clear-bottomed pouch will allow consumers to "See the goodness before it's gulped."

April 8, 2014
MSU, Grocery Manufacturers Create Ingredient Safety Research Center

Michigan State University (MSU) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) yesterday announced the establishment of the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS). The CRIS is designed to serve as a reliable, unbiased source for information, research, training and analysis on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods.

April 8, 2014
Industry Loses Wilbur Feagan, Force Behind Black Pearl Award

Wilbur S. Feagan, co-founder of F & H Food Equipment Co. and a dedicated food safety advocate, died March 29 at his Springfield, IL home. He was 100 years old.

April 7, 2014
Marshfield Evaluation Confirms Ease, Specificity of PathoGenetix System

Marshfield Food Safety, LLC, a full service microbiology and chemistry contract testing laboratory, has completed an independent evaluation of PathoGenetix's RESOLUTION™ Microbial Genotyping System and found both an improved ease-of-use and specificity of strain and serotype identification over other identification systems it has used.

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