Food Safety Magazine


October 4, 2013
UK Poultry Processor Fined $180,000 for Extending Package Expiration Dates

2 Sisters Food Group, a UK poultry integrator, has been fined over £110,000 (U.S. $176,000) for putting overlong expiry dates on cooked chicken products at its site in Haughley Park, England.

October 3, 2013
Competition Aims to Identify, Implement Water Innovations in Food and Agriculture

Imagine H2O, a nonprofit organization that provides a path-to-market platform for early-stage water technology companies. announced Oct. 1 that it is accepting applications from water entrepreneurs worldwide for its 2013 Food & Agriculture Competition. The competition seeks to identify and support promising water innovations in the Food and Agriculture Sector.

October 1, 2013
Codex Promises to Introduce Newer Food Safety Standards, Address Risks

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) promised to introduce new food safety standards and assess and address risks, as stated by CAC Chairman Sanjay Dave at its golden jubilee celebrations, which took place in Mumbai recently.

October 1, 2013
USDA-ARS, PathoGenetix to Evaluate Strain Typing System on Salmonella, E. coli

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and PathoGenetix have signed an agreement to evaluate the company’s Genome Sequence Scanning (GSS) technology for use in identifying strains of Shigatoxin-producing E. coli (STECs) and Salmonella enterica.

October 1, 2013
FMI, United Fresh Agree to Co-locate 2014-2016 Trade Shows

Today, the Food Marketing Institute and the United Fresh Produce Association announced a three-year agreement to co-locate the organizations’ respective trade shows: United Fresh 2014 and FMI Connect, the Global Food Retail Experience. Registration opens today for the June 10-13, 2014 events in Chicago.

September 30, 2013
UK Agency Attributes 18 Illnesses to Salmonella Gold-coast Outbreak

The UK's Food Standards Agency on Sept. 27 reported that, along with Public Health England and local authorities, it is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Gold-coast that is known to have caused 18 cases of illness.

September 30, 2013
FSIS Adopts DuPont's BAX System to Detect Pathogenic E. coli Strains in Meat

DuPont Nutrition & Health today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service has added to its Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook the DuPont BAX System molecular method for detecting E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in meat products, carcass and environmental sponges.

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.

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
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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