Food Safety Magazine


August 1, 2014
Food Safety Fears Cause Consumers to Boycott Yum, McDonald's Restaurants in China

Both McDonald's and Yum Brands report significant losses as food safety concerns have led many Chinese consumers to boycott the U.S.-owned restaurants. Both fast food chains, as well as Burger King, have dumped OSI Brands subsidiary Shanghai Husi Food Co. as a supplier and have scrambled to find new poultry and meat suppliers.

August 1, 2014
USDA Announces New Inspection System for Poultry Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday announced a long-awaited "re-focused" and "science-based" inspection system for chicken and turkey products, along with additional food safety requirements for poultry processors.

August 1, 2014
Cyclospora Infections Reported by 200 People in 19 States

Health officials continue their search for a common food source in an ongoing Cyclospora outbreak that has affected 19 states and more than 200 people.

July 31, 2014
FSA Audits Give Passing Grades to 2 Sisters Poultry Plants

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) on July 29 reported that it had conducted detailed audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants in Scunthorpe (England) and Llangefni (Wales) on July 25, and that initial results showed the plant at Scunthorpe as "Good" and the plant at Llangefni as "Generally Satisfactory".

July 31, 2014
BioMerieux's Bacillus cereus Assay Receives AOAC Certification

BioMérieux has been granted AOAC Research Institute approval for its TEMPO® BC automated test for the fast enumeration of Bacillus cereus group bacteria in food products.

July 29, 2014
FSA's Country of Origin of Food Study Finds No Misleading Claims

The United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency (FSA) today published the results of a study to look at the origin of foods claiming to be from the UK and Ireland. The study did not identify any cases of food on sale with misleading country of origin claims.

July 28, 2014
Trial to Begin This Week for Peanut Corp. of America Officials

Three former Peanut Corporation of America executives who are accused of scheming to manufacture and ship Salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.

July 24, 2014
Texas Health Officials Investigating Rash of Cyclosporiasis Cases

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) yesterday reported that a recent surge in reports of illnesses caused by the parasite Cyclospora — 69 in the last month — has prompted the agency to launch an investigation.

July 23, 2014
Roka Bioscience Wraps Up Initial Public Offering on NASDAQ

Roka Bioscience, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on providing advanced testing solutions for foodborne pathogens, on July 17 announced its initial public offering of five million shares of its common stock at $12 per share.

July 22, 2014
China's Food Safety Scare Persists, Pulls in Starbucks and Burger King

Reports of unsanitary conditions at a Shanghai meat supplier's plant has caused a food safety scare that is affecting McDonald's, Yum Brands' KFC and Pizza Hut units, Burger King, and Starbucks in China.

July 22, 2014
No News Is Good News in European Horse Meat Tests

The latest round of industry and European Union (EU) testing published today found no horse meat DNA in meat products at or above the 1% reporting threshold, according to the UK's Food Standards Agency.

July 21, 2014
FDA Warns Public: Powdered Caffeine Can Be Deadly

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the recent death of an Ohio teen who consumed the "dietary supplement."

July 21, 2014
Sysco Fined $19.4 Million for Storing Perishables in Unrefrigerated Sheds

NBC Bay Area reported today that, following its investigation into Sysco Corporation’s food storage practices, California officials will fine the food distribution company $19.4 million for "illegal and unsafe" practices.

July 21, 2014
Yum Brands, McDonald's Drop Supplier after Food Safety Scare in China

A TV report showing unsanitary conditions at a Shanghai meat supplier's plant has caused a food safety scare for KFC (a unit of Yum Brands) and McDonald's in China.

July 18, 2014
USDA's FSIS Revises Laboratory Method for Campylobacter Testing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that it has removed from its Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook an enumeration method for Campylobacter testing in raw poultry.

July 17, 2014
WHO-FAO Battling Foodborne Parasites Via Global Top 10 List, Report

Earlier this month, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) released a "Top 10" list identifying the foodborne parasites of greatest global concern, along with a detailed report on those parasites and information on new guidelines that are being developed to control them.

July 17, 2014
General Mills Adds ABC Laboratories to Its Approved Lab List

ABC Research Laboratories yesterday announced its acceptance as a General Mills Approved Laboratory for pesticide multi-residue analysis (MRA).

July 15, 2014
FSIS Adds Eight Newly Approved Technologies to New Technology Table

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today released the latest version of its New Technology Information Table, which summarizes some of the new technologies that the agency has received and reviewed, and for which FSIS has had "no objection" to use in FSIS establishments.

July 14, 2014
GFSI Takes a Stand against Food Fraud, Issues Position Paper

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) today released a position paper on food fraud mitigation. the paper includes new requirements to be met by for food companies looking to combat food fraud.

July 14, 2014
UK's FSA Revises Guidance on Controlling E. coli O157 Cross-Contamination

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced last week that it has revised and updated its guidance on E. coli O157 control of cross-contamination, taking into account the results from independent research into the effectiveness of disinfecting complex equipment, as well as the views of industry and local authority stakeholders.

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