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U.S. to Welcome Beef Imports from Argentina, Brazil
July 1, 2015
U.S. to Welcome Beef Imports from Argentina, Brazil

Argentina’s foreign prime minister Hector Timerman announced on Tuesday that the country’s beef would soon be permitted for export into the U.S.

Sysco Terminates Merger Agreement With US Foods
June 29, 2015
Sysco Terminates Merger Agreement With US Foods

Sysco Corporation announced that it has terminated its merger agreement with US Foods, days after the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., granted the Federal Trade Commission's request for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed Sysco-US Foods merger.

FSA: Recalled Ground Cumin Did Not Contain Almond Protein
June 29, 2015
FSA: Recalled Ground Cumin Did Not Contain Almond Protein

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has retracted an earlier recall of ground cumin powder from Barts Ingredients Company.

DOJ Official to Give Keynote Speech on Food Fraud at Industry Summit
June 25, 2015
DOJ Official to Give Keynote Speech on Food Fraud at Industry Summit

At the Food Safety and Manufacturing Summit today in Dallas, TX, Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery--third in line at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)--will speak about some of the legal duties manufacturers and distributors have to ensure that they sell safe foods.

 

The Struggle is Real for Grocery Chains as Mergers Persist
June 25, 2015
The Struggle is Real for Grocery Chains as Mergers Persist

The prevalence of grocery store mergers is bringing about quite a change in the food retail industry.

Secretary Vilsack Appoints New Members to National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
June 24, 2015
Secretary Vilsack Appoints New Members to National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) for the 2015-2017 term.

U.S. Senators Want Options for Implementing Single Food Safety Agency
June 24, 2015
U.S. Senators Want Options for Implementing Single Food Safety Agency

Four U.S. senators wrote a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking for a study that will measure the viability of creating the single food agency proposed by lawmakers in January.

 

14 Bottled Water Brands Recalled Due to E. coli Concerns
June 23, 2015
14 Bottled Water Brands Recalled Due to E. coli Concerns

Canada-based Niagara Bottling LLC has recalled its line of spring water produced at its Allentown and Hamburg plants in Pennsylvania due to the possible presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli) contamination.

FDA: Food Manufacturers Have 3 Years to Remove Trans Fat from Processed Foods
June 18, 2015
FDA: Food Manufacturers Have 3 Years to Remove Trans Fat from Processed Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs)--the source of artificial trans fat in processed foods--are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in human food. Food manufacturers now have 3 years to remove PHOs from their products.

Nestle India to Destroy $50 Million of Maggi Noodles
June 16, 2015
Nestle India to Destroy $50 Million of Maggi Noodles

Nestle India will destroy $50 million worth of instant noodles after a sales ban imposed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. Tests show that the noodles contain unusually high levels of lead.

 

China Observes Food Safety Publicity Week
June 15, 2015
China Observes Food Safety Publicity Week

China is currently recognizing Food Safety Publicity Week--a nationwide campaign aimed at “rebuilding public confidence in food safety”.

Country-of-Origin Meat Labeling Plans Slaughtered Again by Congress
June 11, 2015
Country-of-Origin Meat Labeling Plans Slaughtered Again by Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act of 2015 for meat--specifically beef, chicken and pork.

NARMS: Good and Bad News for Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Germs
June 9, 2015
NARMS: Good and Bad News for Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Germs

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced today that a new report by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) reveals good and bad news regarding antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs.

Consumer Group: States Reporting and Solving Fewer Foodborne Outbreaks
June 9, 2015
Consumer Group: States Reporting and Solving Fewer Foodborne Outbreaks

A new report from nonprofit consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has found that not only are states reporting and solving fewer foodborne illness outbreaks, but states vary widely in their outbreak reporting rates.

 

PMA Estimates $1 Billion Loss Dependent Upon COOL Enforcement
June 8, 2015
PMA Estimates $1 Billion Loss Dependent Upon COOL

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) issued a statement today ahead of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s consideration of the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act, praising them for rescinding statutes that mandate the program.

 

EFSA: Frying, Baking and Roasting Increases Risk of Acrylamide Exposure and Cancer
June 4, 2015
EFSA: Frying, Baking and Roasting Increases Risk of Acrylamide Exposure and Cancer

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain has published its scientific opinion on acrylamide--a chemical that naturally forms in starchy food products during every-day high-temperature cooking--found in food, reconfirming previous evaluations that its presence in food does in fact increase consumer risk of cancer.

New FDA Program to Reward Importers with Exemplary Food Safety Track Records
June 4, 2015
New FDA Program to Reward Importers with Exemplary Food Safety Track Records

A new program established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will give international food importers with proven food safety track records a break.

White House Urges Food Industry to Curb Antibiotic Use in Livestock
June 3, 2015
White House Urges Food Industry to Curb Antibiotic Use in Livestock

This week, the Obama administration hosted a gathering of food producers, medical professionals, hospital representatives and restaurant workers--including staff from Tyson Foods, Walmart and Foster Farms--urging them to promise to reduce their use of lifesaving antibiotics in livestock, use of which is becoming ineffective due to overuse.

UW-Madison Scientist Devises New Method to Eliminate Antibiotic Use in Animals
June 2, 2015
UW-Madison Scientist Devises New Method to Eliminate Antibiotic Use in Animals

An animal scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) has come up with an antibiotic-free method to protect livestock from common infections.

GFSI Technical Working Groups Open for Participation
May 29, 2015
GFSI Technical Working Groups Open for Participation

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has announced two new calls for participation in Technical Working Groups (TWG) aimed at advancing work on Food Service/Catering and Regional Outreach with GFSI.

 

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