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Wood Pulp Detected in Name Brand Grated Cheeses
February 17, 2016
Wood Pulp Detected in Name Brand Grated Cheeses

Acting on a tip they received, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an unannounced visit to a Pennsylvania cheese factory back in 2012. They uncovered proof that Castle Cheese Inc. was altering its so-called “100 percent real Parmesan cheese” with fillers, namely wood pulp. The sub-par yet finished products were distributed to some of the largest grocery chains in the U.S.

FDA’s $5.1 Billion Budget Request Includes Food Safety Spending
February 10, 2016
FDA’s $5.1 Billion Budget Request Includes Food Safety Spending

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for $5.1 billion from President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget--8 percent more than the previous fiscal year’s budget.

Chipotle's Virtual Meeting Reveals Latest Food Safety Measures
February 9, 2016
Chipotle’s Virtual Meeting Reveals Latest Food Safety Measures

On Monday, Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill temporarily shut down its 2,000+ locations for a few hours to conduct a virtual town hall meeting to discuss food safety with employees.

FDA to Pause Non-Toxigenic E. coli Raw Milk Cheese Testing Until Further Review
February 8, 2016
FDA to Pause Non-Toxigenic E. coli Raw Milk Cheese Testing Until Further Review

Due to questions and concerns about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) testing of raw milk cheese for the presence of non-toxigenic E. coli, the agency is pausing those efforts to embark on a new review of current testing practices.

AMS Shares Presentation on Changes to the Exemption on Organic Assessments
February 8, 2016
AMS Shares Presentation on Changes to the Exemption on Organic Assessments

Last week, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) publicly shared a recorded presentation to review modifications to the organic assessment exemption regulations under 23 Federal marketing orders and 22 research and promotion programs, collectively referred to as “commodity promotion programs.”

USDA Reveals New Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry
February 4, 2016
USDA Reveals New Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the agency has finalized new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, chicken breasts, legs and wings.

USDA Grants $30 Million to Food Safety Research
February 3, 2016
USDA Grants $30 Million to Food Safety Research

Competitive grants in the amount of $30.1 million will be awarded to 80 research projects that will improve food safety and reduce antibiotic resistance in food, according to an announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and John P. Holdren, President Obama's Science and Technology Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Study: Foodborne Illness Linked to Food’s Light Exposure
February 3, 2016
Study: Foodborne Illness Linked to Food’s Light Exposure

A student researcher at Sweden’s Umea University has found that Listeria bacteria, when exposed to light, can increase the risk of bacterial infection.

FDA to Fund Food Safety Outreach to Tribal Communities and Local Food Producers
February 2, 2016
FDA to Fund Food Safety Outreach to Tribal Communities and Local Food Producers

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two new opportunities for funding to assist with enhancing food safety under the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

CDC Issues Update on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mexican Cucumbers
January 28, 2016
CDC Issues Update on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mexican Cucumbers

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on a Salmonella poona outbreak linked to cucumbers from Mexico.

 

Bio-Rad Joins IBM and Mars in Food Safety Consortium
January 28, 2016
Bio-Rad Joins IBM and Mars in Food Safety Consortium

Earlier this month, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. announced its involvement with the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain--initially established last year by IBM Research and Mars, Inc.

Study: Foods from Low-GDP Countries Pose Higher Safety Risks
January 26, 2016
Study: Foods from Low-GDP Countries Pose Higher Safety Risks

A new analysis of federal import violations data claims that food imported into the U.S. from countries with low gross domestic product (GDP) poses higher safety risks than food from richer countries.

 

Previous Research on Food Additives Deemed “Faulty”
January 25, 2016
Previous Research on Food Additives Deemed “Faulty”

Last week, FMC Corporation announced that an analysis that was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology--a respected peer-reviewed journal--has found significant flaws in food additive research, specifically related to the food ingredient carrageenan.

Dole Bagged Salads Linked to Multistate Listeria Outbreak
January 25, 2016
Dole Bagged Salads Linked to Multistate Listeria Outbreak

One person has died and at least 11 more have been hospitalized due to a Listeria outbreak linked to bagged salads produced at a single Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. facility.

 

USDA Shares Food Safety Tips for Consumers in Snowstorm Path
January 22, 2016
USDA Shares Food Safety Tips for Consumers in Snowstorm Path

As Winter Storm Jonas continues to barrel toward the East Coast of the U.S., 16 states have been been issued blizzard warnings. The impending severe weather has prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to issue food safety recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

United Fresh to Offer FSMA Training for Produce Growers and Processors
January 20, 2016
United Fresh to Offer FSMA Training for Produce Growers and Processors

Today, United Fresh announced the launch of a new training program aimed at assisting produce industry members with complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

 

FSIS to Launch Pilot Program for Listeria in Retail Delis
January 20, 2016
FSIS to Launch Pilot Program for Listeria in Retail Delis

To combat the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in deli foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is launching a year-long nationwide pilot project aimed as assessing whether or not retailers are utilizing the best methods to control Listeria in their stores.

Chipotle to Close All Restaurants on Feb. 8 to Address Food Safety
January 15, 2016
Chipotle to Close All Restaurants on Feb. 8 to Address Food Safety

Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to close all of its restaurants in the U.S. for a few hours on February 8 to address food safety in an all-staff meeting.

FSIS Launches Next Phase of Pork Sampling Program
January 13, 2016
FSIS Launches Next Phase of Pork Sampling Program

This month,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began implementing the next phase of its Raw Pork Products Exploratory Sampling Program (RPPESP).

Milk Treated with UV Radiation is Safe: EFSA Panel
January 11, 2016
Milk Treated with UV Radiation is Safe: EFSA Panel

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies has delivered its opinion on UV-treated milk, saying that it is safe for the general public, excluding infants under 1 year of age.

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