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Senate Confirms New FDA Lead Scott Gottlieb
May 10, 2017
Senate Confirms New FDA Lead Scott Gottlieb

This week, the U.S. Senate voted (57 to 42) to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick--Scott Gottlieb--as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new commissioner.

Food Safety Matters: A Podcast for Food Safety Professionals
May 10, 2017
Food Safety Matters: A Podcast for Food Safety Professionals

Food Safety Magazine is proud to announce the launch of our new podcast--Food Safety Matters.

MSU Joins CODEX for New Food Fraud Undertaking
May 8, 2017
MSU Joins CODEX for New Food Fraud Undertaking

On Friday, Codex Alimentarius (CODEX, the world food code) initiated a major food fraud commitment by proposing an Electronic Working Group (EWG) to review other CODEX texts and to create a definition and scope for a number of related terms--food fraud, food integrity, and food authenticity. 

$25M Loss After Dole Salad Listeria Outbreak
May 5, 2017
$25M Loss After Dole Salad Listeria Outbreak

A recall of bagged salads produced at a single Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. facility in Springfield, IL has reportedly cost the company a whopping $25 million. The recalled salads were also sold under a number of store brand labels--Aldi, Kroger, Meijer and Walmart.

FDA to Spend $3M Educating Consumers on Safety of GMOs
May 5, 2017
FDA to Spend $3M Educating Consumers on Safety of GMOs

This week, a federal budget agreement passed that prevented a government shutdown. Part of that agreement has allocated $3 million to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new campaign--in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture--to educate consumers about foods produced with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Food Companies to Display Calorie Counts Despite FDA Delay
May 3, 2017
Food Companies to Display Calorie Counts Despite FDA Delay

Earlier this week, it was announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would extend the compliance date for menu labeling requirements. Now--despite the one-year extension--foodservice operators are moving forward with their efforts despite compliance not being required until May 7, 2018.

One Year Extension for FDA’s Menu Labeling Compliance
May 2, 2017
One Year Extension for FDA’s Menu Labeling Compliance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the compliance date for menu labeling requirements. The original deadline of May 5, 2017 has been extended another year to May 7, 2018.

Positive Q1 for Chipotle; Stock Price on the Rise Again
April 26, 2017
Positive Q1 for Chipotle; Stock Price on the Rise Again

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’s stock has surged this week, a positive sign after the fast food chain continues to recover from a lengthy sales slump after a series of foodborne illness outbreaks that plagued the chain in 2015.

USDA: $4.8 Million Set Aside for Food Safety Outreach Program
April 26, 2017
USDA: $4.8 Million Set Aside for Food Safety Outreach Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced that $4.8 million is now available for food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance projects.

Senate Confirms Perdue as Agriculture Secretary
April 25, 2017
Senate Confirms Perdue as Agriculture Secretary

More than 3 months after an official nomination by President Donald Trump, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next Secretary of Agriculture.

Campylobacter and Salmonella Top Foodborne Illnesses in 2016
April 21, 2017
Campylobacter and Salmonella Top Foodborne Illnesses in 2016

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Campylobacter and Salmonella were the most reported bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016.

U.S. and Australian Food Safety Systems are “Comparable”
April 19, 2017
U.S. and Australian Food Safety Systems are “Comparable”

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new partnership with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Both parties now recognize each other’s food safety systems as “comparable”.

Trump’s Acting Solicitor Opposes High Court Review for DeCoster
April 18, 2017
Trump’s Acting Solicitor Opposes High Court Review for DeCoster

The Acting Solicitor General of the United States has filed “the brief of respondent United States in opposition” to any further Supreme Court review of terms of imprisonment for two egg producers under the so-called “responsible corporate officer” (RCO) doctrine—which is said to be a rare instance of strict supervisory liability in the criminal law.

 

General Mills Invests $16 Million in Food Safety
April 14, 2017
General Mills Invests $16 Million in Food Safety

Earlier this week, General Mills released its 2017 Global Responsibility Report. The annual document explains the brand’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates. One of the key highlights in this year’s report is that General Mills boosted its spending on food safety from $13 million in 2015 to $16 million in 2016.

Report: Foods in EU Mostly Pesticide-Free
April 13, 2017
Report: Foods in EU Mostly Pesticide-Free

New data out of the European Union (EU) shows that food consumed in that region is still mostly pesticide-free.

FSIS Expands Meat and Poultry Hotline Hours
April 7, 2017
FSIS Expands Meat and Poultry Hotline Hours

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) announced an expansion of its services to the general public--the Meat and Poultry Hotline.

FDA Announces Three Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule
April 5, 2017
FDA Announces Three Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule

Today, the FDA announced the publication of three waivers to the now final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

NASDA: $100M Needed Annually for Proper FSMA Implementation
April 4, 2017
NASDA: $100M Needed Annually for Proper FSMA Implementation

This week, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) issued a request to Congress regarding spending for fiscal year 2018.

USDA Funding Opportunity to Provide Safer Food, Reduce Water Use
March 31, 2017
USDA Funding Opportunity to Provide Safer Food, Reduce Water Use

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) had announced a new funding opportunity--the Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area.

Purdue Study: Listeria Can Thrive Inside Lettuce Tissue
March 30, 2017
Purdue Study: Listeria Can Thrive Inside Lettuce Tissue

According to a new study by Purdue University, Listeria monocytogenes can still thrive inside the tissue of romaine lettuce.

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