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FDA Publishes 2013 Food Code
November 14, 2013
FDA Publishes 2013 Food Code

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 13 announced that it has published the 2013 Food Code (eighth edition). The Food Code establishes practical, science-based guidance for mitigating risk factors that are known to cause or contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks associated with retail and foodservice establishments.

Food Safety Training on Tap for 2014 at Rhode Island College
November 14, 2013
Food Safety Training on Tap for 2014 at Rhode Island College

The head of food safety at a Rhode Island sausage company at the center of a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2009 has helped design a new food industry training program at Rhode Island College.The program, to begin in fall 2014, will combine food chemistry and microbiology with practical training in areas such as designing an emergency response plan and managing a food safety crisis.

Feathers Fly in Senator-vs.-FSIS Flap over Status of China's Poultry Slaughter System
November 13, 2013
Feathers Fly in Senator-vs.-FSIS Flap over Status of China's Poultry Slaughter System

On Nov. 10, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) publicly denounced what he described as USDA's plan "to allow chickens that are raised and processed in China to be sold [in the U.S.]" Yesterday, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a statement denying that the agency has found China's poultry slaughter system to be equivalent

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to RTE Salads; Multi-Agency Investigation Under Way
November 12, 2013
E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to RTE Salads; Multi-Agency Investigation Under Way

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 10 announced that it is collaborating with public health officials in California, Washington, and Arizona; USDA-FSIS; and the FDA to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections. The infections have been linked to ready-to-eat salads produced by Glass Onion Catering, a business of RIchmond, CA-based Atherstone Foods.

November 11, 2013
GlobalG.A.P. Names VP of Technical Services

Robert Mills, an experienced food safety and quality expert, recently joined GlobalG.A.P. North America as vice president, technical services and training. G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice, and Baltimore-based GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standards organization that assures Good Agricultural Practice.

FDA Seeks to Revoke GRAS Status for Trans Fats
November 7, 2013
FDA Seeks to Revoke GRAS Status for Trans Fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The FDA’s preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels.

IAFP Issues Call for 2014 Award Nominations
November 6, 2013
IAFP Issues Call for 2014 Award Nominations

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) today began accepting nominations for its 2014 Association Awards. IAFP also encourages people to submit applications for the IAFP Travel Award for State or Local Health or State Agricultural Department Employees (U.S. only) and for the IAFP Travel Award for a Food Safety Professional in a Country with a Developing Economy. Students may apply for a Student Travel Scholarship.

New U.S. Beef Import Rules Meet Global Mad Cow Standards
November 5, 2013
New U.S. Beef Import Rules Meet Global Mad Cow Standards

The United States on Nov. 1 issued new import rules for cattle and beef that will comply with international standards for the prevention of mad cow disease, saying the step could ultimately boost U.S. beef exports. The European Union said the U.S. move would bring a welcome re-opening of a market closed to its beef since January 1998.

November 5, 2013
Tennessee Officials Warn of Possible E. Coli in Raw Milk from One Farm

The Knox County Health Department and the East Tennessee Regional Office have issued an alert, advising people not to consume raw milk or dairy products from McBee Dairy Farm in Mascot due to possible E. coli infection.

Food Traceability a Growing Concern for Global Food Supply
November 4, 2013
Food Traceability a Growing Concern for Global Food Supply

Food traceability is a growing concern for both businesses and consumers who want to know exactly where their food is coming from, but the path of the global food supply is a winding one and the increasing complexity of the world's food system can make it difficult to trace products back to their source.

Former USDA Official Decries 'Outbreak of Misinformation on Salmonella'
November 1, 2013
Former USDA Official Decries 'Outbreak of Misinformation on Salmonella'

The recent outbreak of food-borne illnesses from Salmonella Heidelberg linked to three California Foster Farms chicken processing facilities has created a rash of misinformation from some media and activists, creating misperception by the public. The fact that so many were sickened, and an increased number hospitalized, speaks to the virulence of the strains found in the outbreak, not to antibiotic resistance.

FDA Releases Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices, Seeks Industry Comments
October 31, 2013
FDA Releases Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed a draft risk profile on pathogens and filth in spices. This science-based document describes the current state of knowledge related to spice contamination, describes mitigation and control mechanisms currently available, and identifies critical knowledge gaps. The risk profile was initiated in response to recent outbreaks of human illness caused by the consumption of Salmonella-contaminated spices in the United States.

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.

July 18, 2013
FSM EAB Member Jim Gorny Appointed Center For Produce Safety Technical Committee Chair
July 11, 2013
BPA No Longer Authorized for Use in Infant Formula Packaging: Decision Not Based on Safety
February 15, 2013
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Foster Farms
February 15, 2013
Extension of Comment Period for Two FSMA Proposed Rules
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