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John Larkin to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award
April 25, 2016
John Larkin to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine announced this week that John Larkin, Ph.D., will receive the magazine's Distinguished Service Award at the 2016 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 31–August 3 in St. Louis, MO.

Genetically Modified Mushrooms One Step Closer to Store Shelves
April 21, 2016
Genetically Modified Mushrooms One Step Closer to Store Shelves

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided that it will not regulate the cultivation or sale of a genetically modified mushroom.

FSA Suspends Quarterly Campylobacter Retail Survey
April 20, 2016
FSA Suspends Quarterly Campylobacter Retail Survey

For the past year, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been running a survey to measure the amount of Campylobacter in chickens for sale in local grocery stores. Due to changes in how chickens are processed, the agency has now announced that it will suspend testing for the time being.

New Legislation: Food Safety Whistleblowers Now Protected by Law
April 20, 2016
New Legislation: Food Safety Whistleblowers Now Protected by Law

By way of the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the administration of President Barack Obama has initiated a new rule by which food safety whistleblowers will be protected from retaliation.

NIFA Pledges $4 Million to Pest Control and Improved Food Security
April 19, 2016
NIFA Pledges $4 Million to Pest Control and Improved Food Security

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has pledged $4 million to support research and extension efforts to reduce pest related issues and increase crop protection practices for the agricultural industry.

CDC: Faster Testing Methods Pose Problems for Foodborne Illness Detection
April 15, 2016
CDC: Faster Testing Methods Pose Problems for Foodborne Illness Detection

A newly published report shows proof that while changes in the tests that diagnose foodborne illness do help to identify infections faster, they could soon pose challenges to finding outbreaks and monitoring progress toward preventing foodborne disease.

EFSA Report: Chemical Used on Cherries Could Be Harmful to Humans
April 13, 2016
EFSA Report: Chemical Used on Cherries Could Be Harmful to Humans

Dimethoate is an insecticide commonly used on crops such as cherries as a protection barrier to keep insects at bay. However, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has advised European Union (EU) policymakers in a new report that the chemical could be harmful to humans.

Judge Rules PCA Defendants Will Not Pay Salmonella Outbreak Victims
April 8, 2016
Judge Rules PCA Defendants Will Not Pay Salmonella Outbreak Victims

This week, a federal judge ruled that the four primary defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case will not be required to pay restitution to their victims who were affected by a deadly Salmonella outbreak.

FDA Finalizes Rule to Ensure Food Safety During Transport
April 5, 2016
FDA Finalizes Rule to Ensure Food Safety During Transport

A new food safety rule has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help prevent food contamination during its transport.

Study: How Often are Retail Deli Machines Cleaned?
April 4, 2016
Study: How Often are Retail Deli Machines Cleaned?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a study that delves into how often deli slicers are cleaned at the retail level. Deli foods are most commonly associated with Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

EFSA Study Identifies Top 28 Food Safety Topics
March 31, 2016
EFSA Study Identifies Top 28 Food Safety Topics

A study commissioned by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified 28 key topics that future food safety work should focus on.

Del Monte Moving Away from BPA, GMOs
March 30, 2016
Del Monte Moving Away from BPA, GMOs

Del Monte Foods is making the transition to food packaging that no longer contains bisphenol A (BPA)--a chemical that is used to harden plastic products. Simultaneously, Del Monte has also announced plans to expand their line of food products that do not contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

Campbell Soup Cans Going BPA-Free
March 29, 2016
Campbell Soup Cans Going BPA-Free

Campbell Soup Company is doing away with bisphenol A (BPA)-lined cans in North America by mid-2017. This new move applies not only to all of Campbell’s soups, but also Swanson broth and SpaghettiO’s pasta.

GMO Labels Coming to ConAgra Foods
March 25, 2016
GMO Labels Coming to ConAgra Foods

Vermont’s pending law that will require food manufacturers to label their foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has prompted yet another food giant to get a head start: ConAgra Foods Inc.

James Marsden Chosen as Chipotle’s Food Safety Leader
March 24, 2016
James Marsden Chosen as Chipotle’s Food Safety Leader

Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired James Marsden--a former Kansas State University (KSU) meat science professor--to head up the chain’s food safety endeavors.

Kellogg’s and Mars Begin Labeling GMO Products
March 23, 2016
Kellogg’s and Mars Begin Labeling GMO Products

Kellogg’s and Mars, Inc. have both begun labeling its products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

General Mills to Begin Rolling Out GMO Food Labels
March 21, 2016
General Mills to Begin Rolling Out GMO Food Labels

Last week, General Mills announced that the company would begin labeling its products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

TRSA Announces Hygienically Clean Certification for Food Safety
March 18, 2016
TRSA Announces Hygienically Clean Certification for Food Safety

TRSA--a textile service industry association--has developed a certification program for laundries serving the food manufacturing and processing sectors.

FDA to Award States with $19 Million for FSMA Help
March 18, 2016
FDA to Award States with $19 Million for FSMA Help

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its largest allocation of funds yet--$19 million to help state agencies support the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Walmart, McDonald’s and Other Food Companies Urge Congress to Fund National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
March 16, 2016
Walmart, McDonald’s and Other Food Companies Urge Congress to Fund National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested $5.1 billion from President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget. Today, Pew Charitable Trusts, Infectious Diseases Society of America and a host of other food companies sent a letter to Congress, urging House and Senate members to “include funding in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to support the Administration’s implementation of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and at the Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

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