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FDA Allows Irradiation of Shellfish to Control Foodborne Pathogens
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.

Sample6's DETECT/L Listeria Assay Receives AOAC-PTM Certification
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.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Proper Labeling of Honey Products
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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Proper Labeling of Honey Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued draft guidance for industry entitled “Guidance for Industry: Proper Labeling of Honey and Honey Products.”

Capri Sun Adopts New Package, Ad Campaign to Counter Mold Complaints
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."

MSU, Grocery Manufacturers Create Ingredient Safety Research Center
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.

Industry Loses Wilbur Feagan, Force Behind Black Pearl Award
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.

Marshfield Evaluation Confirms Ease, Specificity of PathoGenetix System
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.

AIB, KSU Plan $60 Million Partnership, Shared Grain-Based Foods Center
April 7, 2014
AIB, KSU Plan $60 Million Partnership, Shared Grain-Based Foods Center

A proposed $60 million partnership between AIB International and Kansas State University to establish a Global Center for Grain-based Foods could harness the technical and educational expertise of both entities and provide state-of-the-art facilities for research, training, and education.

UK FSA Publishes New Food Code for England
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.

CDC, FDA Launch Program to Map Genome of Foodborne Pathogens
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.

FDA Issues Final Rule, Guidances on Record Access Requirements for Food Firms
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.

Canadian Testing of Cantaloupe Finds Nearly All Negative for Salmonella
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.

Cornell Scientists Discover Five New Listeria Species
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.

AIB International Expands Food Safety Offerings
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.

Industry Loses H. Scott Hurd, Respected Veterinary Epidemiologist
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.

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Prior Notice of Imported Foods
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.

Rancho Feeding Facility to Reopen in April Under New Ownership
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.

EFSA Issues Scientific Opinion on Risks Posed by Salmonella, Norovirus in Leafy Greens
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.

CFIA Seeks Authority to Fine Meat Plants that Break Food Safety Rules
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.

FDA Invites Input on Reportable Food Registry, Extends Comment Period on Two Proposed Rules
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."

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