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August 21, 2013
Food Safety, Wildlife Oversight Butt Heads in California

In the wake of a recent lawsuit against a Salinas Valley grower alleging responsibility for an E. coli-related death, and an ongoing outbreak of sickness caused by a parasite found in bagged salad from a facility operated by a Taylor Farms subsidiary in Mexico, growers are under increasing pressure to extend animal buffer zones around their crops. That, say wildlife advocates, is unnecessary and is harming the environment.

August 21, 2013
Fonterra Contamination Issues Pique New Zealanders' Food Safety Fears

New Zealand must implement interim food-safety measures to guarantee its exports are safe and contamination free, the opposition demanded on August 21 after news of another incident involving Fonterra.

August 21, 2013
FDA to Study, Report on Environmental Impact of Proposed Produce Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 16 announced its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess the potential environmental effects of the proposed rule, “Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”

August 21, 2013
Chinese Consumers Say Food Safety Is Number One Concern

Food safety topped a recent list of public concerns in China, according to a report developed by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory of Jiao Tong University. The report showed that "illegal additives, poor hygiene, and unsafe materials in the manufacturing process [of food]," have caused more concern than anything else over the past year.

August 19, 2013
Judge Issues Injunction to Block FDA from Extending FSMA Deadlines Again

Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton has sided with the Center for Food Safety again; on August 13 she told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that there can be no more extensions of rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules should have been completed last July, but there have been delays at the Office of Management and Budget, and the FDA has extended comment periods several times.

August 16, 2013
Survey Says: Consumer Concern Over Food Safety Rising

General public concern about food safety has shown a marked increase over the past two years, according to a recent survey by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. In a poll conducted in mid-July, Technomic found that 40 percent of consumers were “extremely concerned” about food safety issues in restaurants.

Survey Says: Consumer Concern Over Food Safety Rising

General public concern about food safety has shown a marked increase over the past two years, according to a recent survey by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. In a poll conducted in mid-July, Technomic found that 40 percent of consumers were “extremely concerned” about food safety issues in restaurants.

August 16, 2013
FSIS Issues Directive Regarding Foreign Audits of U.S. Inspection System

FSIS on August 15 published Directive 9000.8, Audits of the U.S. Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection System by Officials of Foreign Countries. The document provides instructions to FSIS personnel for planning, organizing, and working with officials of foreign countries when they audit the U.S. inspection system for meat, poultry, or egg products establishments.

August 15, 2013
New Report Analyzes Growth Prospects for Global Food Safety Testing Market

Now available from Reportlinker.com is the new market research report, "Global Food Safety Testing Market Analysis," published by the Indian firm RNCOS. The report concludes that regulatory amendments and technological developments bode well for prodigious growth in the market.

August 14, 2013
2011 Food Safety Issue Comes Back to Haunt Herbalife

The attorney general of New York State has subpoenaed a former Herbalife employee to produce internal documents about a 2011 food safety problem —  fine shards of metal were detected in the company's Formula 1 nutrition shake as it left the production line at a California processing plant.

August 14, 2013
Chicago Health Authorities Monitoring Tweets that Report Foodborne Illness

Since April 2013, the Chicago Department of Public Health has been using an automated application, called Foodborne Chicago, to search Twitter for posts that include the words "food poisoning" by people who identify themselves as Chicagoans. The health department then contacts some of those people to obtain more information, which in some cases triggers restaurant inspections; in turn, some of those inspections have uncovered violations.

August 8, 2013
FDA Prolongs Public Comment Period for Proposed Rules on Food and Produce Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) Administration published Federal Register notices on August 8 to extend the comment periods on the proposed rules for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption by 60 days — until November 15, 2013. The extension of the comment period also applies to the information collection provisions associated with the proposed rules.

August 13, 2013
Codex Alimentarius Seeks Data on Deoxyynivalenol, Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid

The international standards group Codex Alimentarius has established two new Electronic Working Groups — one to address Deoxyynivalenol (DON) Maximum Limits and another to develop a Code of Practice to prevent and reduce contamination in food and feed by Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid — both of which have issued Calls for Data.

August 12, 2013
Salmonellosis Outbreak Affects 307 People; CDC Names Live Poultry as Source

A total of 307 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 37 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on August 9.

August 9, 2013
NSF Int'l Study Finds Kitchen Tools Hold onto Foodborne Pathogens

NSF International's Applied Research Center (ARC) has released the 2013 NSF International Household Germ Study, revealing that many common kitchen items harbor unsafe levels of E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, yeast and mold.

August 9, 2013
Harmonized Food Safety Standards Revised for Produce Field Operations and Harvesting

The Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative Technical Working Group (TWG) has approved changes to the Field Operations and Harvesting Harmonized Food Safety Standards. The new version of the Harmonized Standards will become obligatory on November 1, 2013. The new version is now posted on the Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative webpage.

July 25, 2013
EFSA: Food Is the Main Source of BPA Exposure for Consumers

The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) scientific experts have provisionally concluded that for all population groups, diet is the major source of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA). The agency added that consumers' exposure to BPA is lower than EFSA estimated previously.

July 26, 2013
Listeria in Packaged Herring Prompts Recall by Zip International

This news is no red herring — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported on July 26 that Zip International Group LLC of Edison, NJ, is recalling 400-gram plastic packages of herring fillet in oil (marketed under the brand names Fosforel and Atlantika) due to Listeria contamination.

July 26, 2013
Earthbound Farm, Competitors Talk Food Safety

Rival companies dropped their competitive guard momentarily to discuss food safety and changes in wash systems as Earthbound Farm opened its doors to them. Representatives of SmartWash Solutions, Taylor Farms, Ready Pac Foods, Field Fresh Foods, Club Chef and Yum! Brands attended a plant tour and meeting July 25 at the San Juan Bautista, CA-based organic grower-shipper.

July 31, 2013
HHS, USDA, and Food Industry Hail New Foodborne Illness Response Guidelines

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on July 30 commended the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) for the new CIFOR Foodborne Illness Response Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Managers of Food Establishments.

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