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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 The training videos complement the agency’s 2010 draft guidance on electronic submissions.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 20, 2013
Agilent Technologies to Split in Two; Diagnostics Biz Retains Agilent Name

Agilent Technologies Inc. on Sept. 19 announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies: one in life sciences, diagnostics and applied markets that will retain the Agilent name, and another — to be named later — that will be comprised of Agilent's current portfolio of electronic measurement products.

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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