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FDA Says Blue Bell Listeria Contamination Dates Back to March 2013
May 7, 2015
FDA Says Blue Bell Listeria Contamination Dates Back to March 2013

Reports released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)--along with documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle--show that Blue Bell Creameries knew about Listeria contamination in their production facilities in March 2013, but they failed to take action to prevent an outbreak from occurring.

Jeni's Ice Cream Pinpoints Origin of Listeria Contamination
May 7, 2015
Jeni's Ice Cream Pinpoints Origin of Listeria Contamination

After a recall of all its products in April, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams conducted swab testing and has officially identified the source of its Listeria outbreak--a machine spout location in one of the company’s production facilities in Columbus, OH.

 

China Proposes Tougher Punishments for Food Safety Violators
May 6, 2015
China Proposes Tougher Punishments for Food Safety Violators

Last week, China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress voted to amend its current food safety law in an effort to enforce stricter punishments for violations as well as more stringent rules and regulations regarding infant formula. The amendment is planned for enforcement on October 1, 2015.

Revisions to ISO 22000 on Food Safety Management Planned for 2017
May 5, 2015
Revisions to ISO 22000 on Food Safety Management Planned for 2017

Revisions to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000 are in the works as new food safety management requirements are set to be published in 2017, which will be 12 years after the standard was first published.

 

Senators, Food Industry Groups Call for More FSMA Funding
May 1, 2015
Senators, Food Industry Groups Call for More FSMA Funding

On the heels of a high-profile Listeria outbreak and the recall of all Blue Bell ice cream products, seven Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday called on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by approving President Obama’s request for an additional $109.5 million to implement the law.

Tyson Foods Joins Flock of Brands Eliminating Antibiotics in Chicken
April 29, 2015
Tyson Foods Joins Flock of Brands Eliminating Antibiotics in Chicken

Tyson Foods announced this week that they plan to completely eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its chicken flocks by the end of September 2017.

20 Year Old FSIS Food Safety Program Analyzed in New Report
April 28, 2015
20 Year Old FSIS Food Safety Program Analyzed in New Report

A new report released by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) alleges that a 20 year old food safety program initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has not performed as planned.

 

Listeria in Ice Cream: Expert Analysis
April 24, 2015
Listeria in Ice Cream: Expert Analysis

Food Safety Magazine spoke with Dr. Lynne McLandsborough to discuss the implications of Blue Bell Creameries’ massive product recall this week.

 

EU Proposal: Member States Can Opt Out of GMO Use Within Their Food Chain
April 23, 2015
EU Proposal: Member States Can Opt Out of GMO Use Within Their Food Chain

This week, the European Commission announced that when it comes to GMOs, “the need for changes that reflect public views and allow national governments to have a greater say on the use of European Union (EU)-authorized GMOs for animal (feed) or human (food) consumption.”

FSM's eDigest Has a Brand New Look
April 22, 2015
FSM's eDigest Has a Brand New Look

After months of hard work, Food Safety Magazine is proud to unveil a brand new look for our bi-weekly FSM eDigest newsletter.


Top FDA, FSIS Food Safety Officials Weigh in on Key Issues
April 22, 2015
Top FDA, FSIS Food Safety Officials Weigh in on Key Issues

Q&A session at National Food Policy Conference.

Blue Bell Recalls All Products After Listeria Contamination
April 21, 2015
Blue Bell Recalls All Products After Listeria Contamination

After an initial recall in March that caused three deaths and multiple illnesses over the last 4 years, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is now recalling all of its products due to traces of Listeria--a bacteria commonly found in raw milk.

2015 International Nonthermal Processing Workshop
April 20, 2015
2015 International Nonthermal Processing Workshop

After 4 years, the International Nonthermal Processing Workshop is returning to Europe! This year’s event hopes to attract an international audience from Europe, the U.S. and all the world regions active in nonthermal research and applications.

 

E. Coli Outbreak in Canada Possibly Linked to Leafy Green Vegetables
April 16, 2015
E. Coli Outbreak in Canada Possibly Linked to Leafy Green Vegetables

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), recent cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli) could possibly be linked to leafy green vegetables--specifically arugula, chard, kale, lettuce and spinach.

FDA Reports: Antimicrobial Resistance to Salmonella in Grocery Meat on the Decline
April 14, 2015
FDA Reports: Antimicrobial Resistance to Salmonella in Grocery Meat on the Decline

The 2012 Retail Meat Report and the 2013 Retail Meat Interim Report--both released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week--reveal that the presence of Salmonella resistance to antimicrobials in meat sold in U.S. grocery stores is decreasing following a peak in 2009. 

 

Egg Executives Get 3 Months in Prison for 2010 Salmonella Outbreak
April 14, 2015
Egg Executives Get 3 Months in Prison for 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

Austin “Jack” DeCoster (pictured left), owner of the now defunct Iowa-based Quality Egg LLC, and his son Peter DeCoster (pictured right) were both sentenced yesterday to 3 months in prison and 1 year of supervised released after Both defendants pleaded guilty in 2014 to a misdemeanor count of selling contaminated food across state lines.

IDDBA to Offer Retailers Up to $2,000 for Food Safety Certifications
April 13, 2015
IDDBA to Offer Retailers Up to $2,000 for Food Safety Certifications

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) is offering $2,000 annual reimbursements to their retail members as part of the Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP).

Progress in Finding Vaccines to Fight Foodborne Diseases
April 8, 2015
Progress in Finding Vaccines to Fight Foodborne Diseases

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 582 million cases of intestinal infection and 351,000 deaths in 2010--the most recent data available--were caused by foodborne viruses and bacteria. To help combat such widespread outbreaks and loss of life, there is much work being done to develop vaccines that fight some of the most common foodborne microbes.

 

17th Annual Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo
April 8, 2015
17th Annual Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo

Later this month, thousands of food safety professionals are expected to convene in Baltimore, MD for the 17th Annual Food Safety Summit, taking place April 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Partnerships Key to Improving Food Safety
April 7, 2015
Partnerships Key to Improving Food Safety

As we continue to recognize World Health Day’s focus on food safety, it cannot be expressed enough how global an issue this is. In the U.S. alone, much of our food supply is imported from other countries--specifically 20 percent of of vegetables, half of our fresh fruit and a whopping 80 percent of our seafood.

 

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