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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.

 

Chickens Coming Home to Roost for UK Retailers After Poultry Test Results Published
May 28, 2015
Chickens Coming Home to Roost for UK Retailers After Poultry Test Results Published

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) just published results from a year-long testing program revealing that retailers are failing to meet goals for reducing the presence of bacteria.

EU Wakes Up to New Caffeine Intake Recommendations
May 27, 2015
EU Wakes Up to New Caffeine Intake Recommendations

Today, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies published its Scientific Opinion regarding the safety of caffeine.

World Food Center Born From UC Davis, China Partnership
May 26, 2015
World Food Center Born From UC Davis, China Partnership

The University of California at Davis (UC Davis) has officially entered an agreement with the City of Zhuhai, China to launch a World Food Center that focuses on food safety.

RICE Act Asks FDA to Set Limits on Rice Arsenic
May 22, 2015
RICE Act Asks FDA to Set Limits on Rice Arsenic

The Reducing food-based Inorganic Compounds Exposure (RICE) Act introduced to Congress this week by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) asks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set a maximum level of inorganic arsenic in rice and foods that contain rice.

FDA Reports Show Blue Bell Food Safety Violations Dating Back 8 Years
May 22, 2015
FDA Reports Show Blue Bell Food Safety Violations Dating Back 8 Years

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released four inspection reports of Blue Bell Creameries facilities from 2007 to 2012 after a records request by the media was granted.

Just Label It Campaign Asks Congress to Require GMO Labeling
May 21, 2015
Just Label It Campaign Asks Congress to Require GMO Labeling

This week, House Democrats presented Congress with the Just Label It campaign aimed requiring mandatory labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 

Sanderson Farms Will Not Chicken Out of Antibiotic Use
May 21, 2015
Sanderson Farms Will Not Chicken Out of Antibiotic Use

Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson says that the company has no plans to reduce or eliminate use of antibiotics in their sourced livestock--the exact opposite of what many fast food chains and U.S. chicken companies like Tyson Foods have vowed to do.

Sticky Situation: ConAgra to Pay $11.2 Million for Shipping Contaminated Peanut Butter
May 20, 2015
Sticky Situation: ConAgra to Pay $11.2 Million for Shipping Contaminated Peanut Butter

A precedent-setting punishment has been handed down to ConAgra Grocery Products--a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods--for shipping Salmonella contaminated Peter Pan brand and Walmart’s Great Value private label peanut butter products in 2006.

Kirby to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award
May 20, 2015
Kirby to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine announced this week that Connie Kirby, M.Sc., will receive the magazine's Distinguished Service Award at the 2015 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 25–28 in Portland, OR. 

WTO Slaughters U.S. Meat Labeling Plans... Again
May 18, 2015
WTO Slaughters U.S. Meat Labeling Plans... Again

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled for a fourth time against the U.S. in regards to mandatory country-of-origin meat labeling, citing that such labeling puts countries like Canada and Mexico at a disadvantage.

 

USDA Plans for Voluntary GMO Certification and Labeling
May 15, 2015
USDA Plans for Voluntary GMO Certification and Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has devised a new, voluntary certification and labeling program for foods that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 

FoodNet Report Shows Mixed Bag of Foodborne Illness Trends
May 15, 2015
FoodNet Report Shows Mixed Bag of Foodborne Illness Trends

New federal data released by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) show little improvement in terms of foodborne illnesses compared to previous years. The 2014 Food Safety Progress Report compares foodborne outbreaks with data collected from 2006 to 2008, and 2011 to 2013.

 

UK's "Chicken Challenge" to Address Campylobacter Crisis
May 14, 2015
UK's "Chicken Challenge" to Address Campylobacter Crisis

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is on a mission to fight Campylobacter--an infectious disease typically caused by eating raw or undercooked poultry.

PBS Documentary Paints Grim Picture of Salmonella in Chicken; Expedites Food Safety Bill
May 14, 2015
PBS Documentary Paints Grim Picture of Salmonella in Chicken; Expedites Food Safety Bill

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has officially introduced the Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act to Congress after a PBS documentary on Salmonella aired earlier this week.

 

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