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October 11, 2013
Foster Farms, FSIS Reach Agreement to Keep California Plants Open

Late yesterday (Oct. 10), beleaguered poultry processor Foster Farms announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reviewed the company's safety plan for its three California facilities in Livingston and Fresno, and had agreed to allow the plants to continue operating. This follows Foster Farms' implementation of several new food safety controls over the last two months and the company's commitment to install added processes during an enhanced inspection period over the next 90 days, according to a company statement.

October 10, 2013
USDA Threatens to Shut Down Three Foster Farms Chicken Plants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is threatening to close three California poultry plants operated by Foster Farms blamed for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened at least 278 people nationwide.

October 10, 2013
AOAC Gives PTM Approval for BioControl 8-Hour Salmonella Test

BioControl Systems, Inc. has received AOAC-PTM Certification (#050602) for its Assurance GDS® Salmonella Tq mEHEC method from the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods Program.The new eight-hour mEHEC enrichment protocol allows customers to obtain results in select matrices in just 10 hours, including sample processing.

October 9, 2013
Sample6 Secures Financing to Support Commercialization of Food Safety Products

Sample6, a Boston-based company focused on applying biotechnology to advance food safety, announced today that it has secured a $11 million Series B financing round led by Canaan Partners. The funds will be used to commercialize Sample6's first products, Sample6 DETECT/L and Sample6 CONTROL, which are designed to enable in-plant, in-shift pathogen detection in food processing environments.

October 8, 2013
AOAC Certifies DuPont's BAX System to Detect Pathogenic E. coli

The DuPont BAX® System has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute as a Performance Tested Method (PTM) for detecting Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) in beef trim and ground beef.

October 8, 2013
Salmonella Outbreak in 18 States Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that illness caused by strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.

October 1, 2013
PMA Provides Public Comments on FSMA Proposed Import Rules

Speaking in front of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of Produce Marketing Association (PMA) members, Drs. Bob Whitaker and Jim Gorny commented on the accreditation of third-party auditors and foreign supplier verification programs proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

October 8, 2013
IEH Laboratories Becomes Sustaining Partner of Meat Science Association

IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group has joined more than 25 other companies and institutions as a Sustaining Partner of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA). AMSA relies on support from partners to maintain its ability to offer community and professional development programs and opportunities for individuals in the field of meat science.

October 4, 2013
Food Safety, FDA Hit Hard Under Government Shutdown

It’s Day 4 of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which resulted from Congress’ failure to enact the annual appropriations needed to keep the government in business. Food Safety Magazine spoke with Edgar Asebey-Birkholm, partner-in-charge of the FDA Practice Group at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, to get a big-picture perspective on how the shutdown will likely affect food safety.

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).

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