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.
One week after its initial release of data from 2012 showing that antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens is an ongoing public health threat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 10 issued a "Special Edition" newsletter promoting its report and touting what federal agencies are doing to improve food safety.
A new study by researchers at the University of Florida confirms that cloths used in harvesting of tomatoes shouldn’t be reused, as they can transfer Salmonella bacteria from one tomato to many others.
Bio-Rad Laboratories announced July 8 that QC Laboratories, an independent food testing laboratory, has selected Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Prep Automation Solution for detecting foodborne pathogens.
Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) today issued a call for all Foster Farms poultry processing facilities to be shuttered until a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 600 people in 29 states is stopped. The Representatives also introduced legislation that would strengthen the ability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to recall meat, poultry, and egg products by clarifying the term "adulterated."
The USDA and California-based poultry processor Foster Farms announced July 3 that the company is recalling some of the raw chicken products linked to a 16-month-long outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections that has sickened more than 600 consumers in 27 states and Puerto Rico.
An analysis of foodborne illness data from 2012, published July 1 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens remains a serious public health threat.
Chicago-based Mérieux NutriSciences Corp. today announced it has acquired Total Quality Food Consultants, thereby expanding its global portfolio of regulatory, scientific and marketing services to the food and non-food industries.
Research from the University of Melbourne, Australia, suggests that a test called multi-locus variable number tandem repeats variable analysis (MLVA) could make it easier for public health investigators to determine if a case of food poisoning is an isolated incident or part of a larger outbreak.
New research published June 26 by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) provides a highly detailed picture of how many people suffer from food poisoning in the UK every year and how much food poisoning can be attributed to different foods.
Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent study from PMMI. The report details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.
The UK's Food Standards Agency is soliciting industry input on draft technical guidance geared to small and medium sized food businesses to help them meet upcoming EU regulations on food allergen labelling for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guide for small food businesses to help them comply with new federal requirements for the voluntary use of the term "gluten-free" on food products.
Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Final Update regarding a four-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7). In total, 12 cases were reported; 58% of those people were hospitalized, but none of them died, nor did anyone develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Food Safety Management: A Practical Guide for the Food Industry, a new book by Yasmine Motarjemi, presents an integrated, practical approach to the management of food safety throughout the production chain.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday reopened the comment period for an additional 60 days on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Amendments to the Reportable Food Registry (RFR) Provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday issued "Notice 28-14 - Analysis for Salmonella of All Beef Products Sampled for Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (STEC)." To be implemented starting June 29, the notice provides instructions for inspection personnel regarding sampling and analysis of raw ground beef for Salmonella and E. coli.
UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an aggressive campaign to engage the public in preventing Campylobacter infections by stopping the common practice of washing chicken before cooking it.
Wal-Mart Stores said on Tuesday that it will increase its spending on food safety in China to 300 million yuan ($48.32 million) in 2013, 2014 and 2015, up from a previously announced 100 million yuan in the same period.
Seventeen people in five states have been sickened by Escherichia coli after eating clover sprouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).