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November 17, 2014

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Egg Firm Implicated in 2010 Salmonella Outbreak to Pay $6.8 Million Fine
June 2, 2014
Egg Firm Implicated in 2010 Salmonella Outbreak to Pay $6.8 Million Fine

Iowa-based Quality Egg has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in 2010.

UK's Food Standards Agency Offers Web-Based HACCP Guidance
June 2, 2014
UK's Food Standards Agency Offers Web-Based HACCP Guidance

The UK's Food Standards Agency last week unveiled MyHACCP, an online tool designed to guide UK food and beverage companies — especially small businesses — through the process of developing a food safety management system based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, as required by EU Food Hygiene rules.

Salmonella Linked to Chia Powder Sickens 12 in Multistate Outbreak
May 31, 2014
Salmonella Linked to Chia Powder Sickens 12 in Multistate Outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 29 that it is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to organic sprouted chia powder distributed by Navitas Naturals of Novato, CA. On Twelve cases have been reported in seven states, and one of those people has been hospitalized.

CDC Reports 50 New Cases in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Chicken
May 29, 2014
CDC Reports 50 New Cases in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 27 that it has received reports of 50 new Salmonella Heidelberg infections likely related to Foster Farms chicken since April 9. The agency said it is continuing its investigation of this outbreak, in which 574 persons infected with Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 27 states and Puerto Rico since March 1, 2013.

Australia / New Zealand Food Safety Agency Issues Food Recall Protocol
May 27, 2014
Australia / New Zealand Food Safety Agency Issues Food Recall Protocol

The food safety agency Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) this month issued a Food Industry Recall Protocol, which provides information on recalling food in Australia and guidance for food businesses on developing a written food recall plan.

FDA Extends Comment Period on Sanitary Transportation Proposed Rule
May 27, 2014
FDA Extends Comment Period on Sanitary Transportation Proposed Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period on a food safety rule intended to prevent contamination during transit.

Sprouts Linked to E. coli Outbreak in Washington and Idaho
May 23, 2014
Sprouts Linked to E. coli Outbreak in Washington and Idaho

U.S. health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) O121 infections linked to raw clover sprouts that have sickened as many as 10 people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced May 22.

Missouri Restaurant Worker May Have Exposed Thousands to Hepatitis A
May 22, 2014
Missouri Restaurant Worker May Have Exposed Thousands to Hepatitis A

Health officials are concerned that as many as 5,000 people could have been exposed to hepatitis A at a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, MO, after a worker was diagnosed with the virus.

Iowa Egg Supplier and Two Executives Charged in 2010 Salmonella Outbreak
May 22, 2014
Iowa Egg Supplier and Two Executives Charged in 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

An Iowa company and two executives were charged Wednesday [May 21] with selling the eggs responsible for a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people and led to an unprecedented recall of 550 million eggs.

Michigan Firm Recalls 1.8 Million Pounds of Beef After E. coli Outbreak
May 19, 2014
Michigan Firm Recalls 1.8 Million Pounds of Beef After E. coli Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that Wolverine Packing Co., Detroit, MI, is recalling 1.8 million pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recall follows an investigation into an E. coli outbreak that has sickened five Michigan residents; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a total of 11 case-patients in four states.

FDA Reports on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation, Assures It Is 'Vigilant' About Pet Safety
May 21, 2014
FDA Reports on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation, Assures It Is 'Vigilant' About Pet Safety

On Friday, May 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published an update on its ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths in animals that ate jerky pet treats. The update includes the latest information about complaints of illnesses, FDA’s collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a new case control study, and new findings revealed through the agency’s testing.

Agencies of USDA and CDC Jointly Tackle Foodborne Pathogens in Meat, Poultry, Eggs
May 19, 2014
Agencies of USDA and CDC Jointly Tackle Foodborne Pathogens in Meat, Poultry, Eggs

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will provide a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards associated with meat, poultry and processed egg products.

EFSA Appoints Bernhard Url as Executive Director
May 16, 2014
EFSA Appoints Bernhard Url as Executive Director

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Management Board has appointed Bernhard Url as EFSA’s next executive director, effective June 1.

USDA's Ronholm Says FSIS Will Begin Testing Ground Beef for Salmonella
May 16, 2014
USDA's Ronholm Says FSIS Will Begin Testing Ground Beef for Salmonella

In today's USDA Blog, Brian Ronholm, acting under secretary for food safety, announced that this summer, FSIS will begin new testing of ground beef to improve safeguards against Salmonella.

NCSU Scientists Try New Tack to Treat Peanut and Other Food Allergies
May 16, 2014
NCSU Scientists Try New Tack to Treat Peanut and Other Food Allergies

To fight peanut allergies, scientists at North Carolina State University are developing a new kind of flour that could help allergy sufferers tolerate offending foods.

Industry Seeks More Time to Comment on Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Food
May 16, 2014
Industry Seeks More Time to Comment on Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Food

The United Fresh Produce Association and 21 other organizations have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to extend the comment period for 90 days – to Aug. 29, 2014 – for the proposed rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.

UK FSA Seeks Comments about Proposed Guidance on Allergen Labeling
May 15, 2014
UK FSA Seeks Comments about Proposed Guidance on Allergen Labeling

The UK's Food Standards Agency is seeking views on draft technical guidance primarily aimed at food businesses that are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The guidance gives SMEs information about changes in European Union food allergen labeling for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.

EFSA Launches Project to Assess Safety of Food Enzymes
May 14, 2014
EFSA Launches Project to Assess Safety of Food Enzymes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today announced that it has completed the first safety assessment of a food enzyme as part of a plan by European Union decision-makers to set up an authorized list of these substances.

U.S. and EU Report on Joint Progress Against Antimicrobial Resistance
May 13, 2014
U.S. and EU Report on Joint Progress Against Antimicrobial Resistance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the European Commission today released the first progress report of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR). The report touts the organization's successes and "renews the commitment of U.S. and European Union (EU) health authorities to pursue specific goals in their joint battle against antimicrobial resistance, a complex, dynamic and multi-faceted concern not bound by borders."

Grocery Manufacturers Aim to Overturn Vermont's GMO Labeling Law
May 13, 2014
Grocery Manufacturers Aim to Overturn Vermont's GMO Labeling Law

Following Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's signing of a law requiring mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on May 8, the Grocery Manufacturers Association immediately declared that it will fight the law in court.

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