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September 11, 2013
UK Food Standards Agency CEO Discusses Campylobacter Control Plan

BBC News today reported that the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a strategy aimed at reducing the number of illnesses from Britain's most common cause of food poisoning — campylobacter.

September 12, 2013
Sysco Food Corp. Employees Claim Food Sheds Commonly Used Throughout U.S. and Canada
September 13, 2013
UK Grocer Recalls Watercress After E. coli Outbreak Sickens 18

Sainsbury's is recalling all of its own-brand watercress due to an E.coli outbreak that has made 18 people ill. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the supermarket giant was also recalling salads containing watercress. It said the move was a precautionary measure due to a possible association with an outbreak of E.coli VTEC O157.

September 13, 2013
FDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed “Action Level” for Arsenic in Apple Juice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended by 60 days the period for submission of comments, scientific data and other information in connection with its draft guidance for industry titled “Arsenic in Apple Juice: Action Level.” The new deadline is November 12, 2013.

September 17, 2013
CDC Says Worst Drug-Resistant Bacteria Come from Hospitals, Not Farms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 16 released a report [Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013] on the epidemic of drug-resistant bacteria in the United States. For the first time, the agency came up with a ranking of the threats posed by different drug-resistance microbes, listing them as "urgent," "serious," and "concerning."

September 19, 2013
FDA Provides Update on Food Safety Concerns Related to Fukushima Nuclear Plant Incident

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted an update on its website stating, "To date, no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. food supply at levels that would pose a public health concern. This is true for both FDA-regulated food products imported from Japan and U.S. domestic food products, including seafood caught off the coast of the United States."

September 19, 2013
Study: Vaccinating Cattle against E. coli Could Radically Curb Human Infections

Vaccinating cattle against E. coli bacteria could cut the number of human infections by 85 percent, far higher than previous estimates, British scientists say.

September 20, 2013
Agilent Technologies to Split in Two; Diagnostics Biz Retains Agilent Name

Agilent Technologies Inc. on Sept. 19 announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies: one in life sciences, diagnostics and applied markets that will retain the Agilent name, and another — to be named later — that will be comprised of Agilent's current portfolio of electronic measurement products.

September 20, 2013
One Dead, Eleven Ill in Canada after Consuming E. coli-Tainted Cheese

One elderly woman has died and 11 other individuals have fallen ill from after consuming raw milk cheese from a small artisan cheese farm in Salmon Arm, BC, that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

September 23, 2013
Study: Composting for Mushroom Production Kills Pathogens in Manure, Eliminating FSMA Issues

Strict requirements on the use of animal manures in fresh produce production imposed by the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) threatened to adversely impact the mushroom industry, which relies on horse and poultry manure for a specialized growth substrate. But a new study shows that heat generated during the traditional composting process — originally developed to kill insect and fungal pests of mushrooms — is adequate for eliminating human pathogens that might be present, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

September 24, 2013
Science Student Wins Favorite Poster at NACRW Meeting

In July, eighth grader Liesl Krone won favorite poster at the North American Chemical Residue Workshop (NACRW), an annual meeting for scientists particularly interested in trace level analysis of pesticides, veterinary drug residues and other chemicals in food, feed and environmental samples.

September 24, 2013
FSIS Chief Addresses Concerns about Safety of Processed Chicken from China

FSIS Administrator Al Almanza today posted a blog entry discussing the results of the agency's recent verification audit of China’s poultry processing inspection system. Almanza's blog seeks to answer many of the questions that have arisen among the industry and the public since FSIS's audit reaffirmed the equivalence of China’s poultry processing system with that of the United States.

September 25, 2013
Concern over Antimicrobials in Food Animals Leads FDA to Consider Adding Data to Report

In an effort to improve transparency about the amount of antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a proposal to provide additional data tables in its annual summary report of this information. The proposal is available for public comment until November 25, 2013.

September 25, 2013
Roka Bioscience Atlas System for Food Pathogen Detection Integrated at DoD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory

The DoD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory adopts the Roka Atlas System, an innovative fully automated molecular system for food pathogen detection

September 25, 2013
FDA Launches Training Videos to Facilitate Electronic Submissions to Office of Food Additive Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today launched a series of training videos to help industry with their electronic submissions to the Office of Food Additive Safety. The training videos complement the agency’s 2010 draft guidance on electronic submissions.

September 26, 2013
Wegmans Requires Produce Suppliers to Follow Best Food Safety Practices

Wegmans Food Markets — a Rochester, NY-based supermarket chain with 82 stores located throughout the Northeast — announced this week that effective September 30, the chain will require all growers that furnish fresh produce to Wegmans to show they’ve passed a “Good Agricultural Practices” (GAPs) inspection.

September 26, 2013
Meat Groups Appeal Court Decision to Deny Injunction Against COOL

Nine national or regional meat and livestock organizations from the United States, Canada and Mexico have appealed the Sept. 11 decision by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to deny their request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of USDA's May 2013 final rule on country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

September 27, 2013
Nearly 300 Chobani Consumers Report Illness to FDA

Although two months have passed since rumors first surfaced about moldy yogurt cups from Chobani’s Twin Falls [Idaho] plant, droves of people continue to report illnesses to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an FDA spokeswoman said Tuesday. The FDA has received nearly 300 unconfirmed reports of illness since Sept. 10, when the initial report was at 89, said spokeswoman Shelly Burgess.

Jensen Farms Owners Charged in 2011 Outbreak of Listeriosis from Cantaloupe
September 27, 2013
Jensen Farms Owners Charged in 2011 Outbreak of Listeriosis from Cantaloupe

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado yesterday reported that two owner-operators of a produce business that sold cantaloupe linked to a 2011 multistate outbreak of listeriosis that resulted in 33 deaths and 147 hospitalizations have been charged with six counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

September 27, 2013
Foodservice Pros Identify Seven Steps to Ensure Restaurant Food Safety

Collaboration — both within restaurant companies and with suppliers and industry peers — is crucial to ensuring a food supply that’s safe from farm to fork, agreed attendees at the eighth annual Food Safety Symposium held in Denver this month.

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