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April 7, 2014
UK FSA Publishes New Food Code for England

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a new food law Code of Practice for England, which took effect yesterday.

April 7, 2014
CDC, FDA Launch Program to Map Genome of Foodborne Pathogens

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are beginning a program to try to outsmart foodborne illness outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.

April 4, 2014
FDA Issues Final Rule, Guidances on Record Access Requirements for Food Firms

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule, "Establishment, Maintenance, and Availability of Records: Amendment to Record Availability Requirements," as well as two Guidance for Industry documents to help food companies comply with the regulation.

April 4, 2014
Canadian Testing of Cantaloupe Finds Nearly All Negative for Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today released a study that found that 99.8% of whole cantaloupe samples it tested during the 2010/2011 season were negative for the presence of Salmonella.

April 2, 2014
Cornell Scientists Discover Five New Listeria Species

Cornell University researchers have discovered five new species of Listeria – including one named for Cornell – that provide new insights that could lead to better ways to detect soil bacteria in food.

April 1, 2014
AIB International Expands Food Safety Offerings

AIB International has introduced two new food safety-oriented products: a distance learning course on food safety and sanitation, and an "Inspection Only" offering that measures the food safety conditions and practices within a food operation.

March 31, 2014
Industry Loses H. Scott Hurd, Respected Veterinary Epidemiologist

Veterinarian H. Scott Hurd, a prominent and respected scientist and advocate for animal agriculture, passed away last week after a battle with brain cancer.

March 28, 2014
FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Prior Notice of Imported Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a draft guidance entitled "Guidance for Industry: Prior Notice of Imported Food Questions and Answers (Edition 3)." The document addresses questions received since the publication of the second edition of the guidance in May 2004 and includes information related to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which requires that additional information be provided in a prior notice of imported food submitted to FDA.

March 28, 2014
Rancho Feeding Facility to Reopen in April Under New Ownership

San Francisco-based Marin Sun Farms has obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take over the Rancho Feeding Corp. slaughterhouse in Petaluma, CA. The company plans to reopen the shuttered facility early next month.

March 27, 2014
EFSA Issues Scientific Opinion on Risks Posed by Salmonella, Norovirus in Leafy Greens

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today released a Scientific Opinion on the risks to human health posed by Salmonella and Norovirus in leafy greens eaten raw as salads.

March 26, 2014
CFIA Seeks Authority to Fine Meat Plants that Break Food Safety Rules

The [Canadian] federal government is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat-processing plants that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health.

March 25, 2014
FDA Invites Input on Reportable Food Registry, Extends Comment Period on Two Proposed Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks input to assist the Agency in implementing section 211 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which added new provisions to the Reportable Food Registry (RFR) requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The agency also extended the comment periods on its proposed rules, “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration” (and the Draft Qualitative Risk Assessment associated with that rule) and "Draft Methodological Approach for Designating High-Risk Foods."

March 25, 2014
Mangopack Selects SafetyChain Software to Automate QA and Food Safety

SafetyChain Software yesterday announced that Mangopack, a fresh-cut fruit processor focusing on extended shelf-life products, has selected SafetyChain as its partner to automate Mangopack's food safety and quality assurance (FSQA) programs.

March 25, 2014
AOAC Gives PTM Approval for Invisible Sentinel's Rapid Salmonella spp. Test

Invisible Sentinel Inc. yesterday announced that its first-in-class rapid diagnostic for the detection of Salmonella species has received Performance Tested MethodsSM (PTM) certification from the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

March 18, 2014
New Survey Finds GM Crop Contamination Disrupts Global Food Trade

Increased production of genetically modified (GM) crops worldwide has caused a sharp rise in the number of incidents where low levels of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been found in food and feedstuffs traded between nations, disrupting trade.

March 24, 2014
Food Standards Agency Issues Call for Research on Removing Norovirus from Oysters

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) today issued a call for proposals to design and execute a research study to identify and evaluate possible enhancements to norovirus removal from live oysters during shellfish depuration.

March 21, 2014
FDA Scientists in Puerto Rico Seek Faster Screening for Foodborne Pathogens

A team of scientists in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's San Juan (Puerto Rico) District Office is using funds awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to adapt traditional chemistry methods to speed detection of foodborne pathogens.

March 20, 2014
FDA to Extend Comment Period for Proposed Rules on Intentional Adulteration, High-Risk Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued an update on proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), stating that it will extend both the comment period on the proposed rule on mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration and the accompanying draft qualitative risk assessment, and the comment period on the designation of high-risk foods for tracing.

March 20, 2014
FSIS Pushes Back Against Claim that Inspector Shortage Will Mean More Recalls

Yesterday in the USDA Blog, a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offical posted a strong response to a recent New York Times article that claimed an inspector shortage at FSIS would "[raise] the possibility that contaminated products could reach consumers."

March 18, 2014
Congressmen Urge Ag Secretary to Drop Poultry Inspection Overhaul Plan

Nearly 70 House members on Monday urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to abandon plans to overhaul the nation’s poultry inspection system with a slate of new regulations.

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