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March 18, 2014
Congressmen Urge Ag Secretary to Drop Poultry Inspection Overhaul Plan

Nearly 70 House members on Monday urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to abandon plans to overhaul the nation’s poultry inspection system with a slate of new regulations.

March 17, 2014
Suspected Norovirus Outbreak Closes Virginia Elementary School

An Alexandria, VA elementary school closed last Friday after more than 200 students and 30 staff members came down with gastroenteritis symptoms that local health officials said were likely caused by norovirus. The school was slated to reopen today.

March 13, 2014
New Zealand's Fonterra Pleads Guilty to Food Safety Violations

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra pleaded guilty Thursday to four food safety violations related to a 2013 botulism scare.

March 12, 2014
PrimusLabs Boosts Capabilities with Roka Bioscience Atlas System

PrimusLabs, a Santa Maria, CA-based provider of microbiological and pesticide residue testing services as well as auditing services, data management, and training and education to the fresh produce industry, announced Monday that it has begun using the Roka Bioscience Atlas System at its American microbiology laboratories.

March 12, 2014
FDA Shuts Roos Foods Plant Linked to Multistate Listeria Outbreak

Kenton, DE-based cheese manufacturer Roos Foods, Inc. has been shut down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after an investigation linked a multistate Listeria outbreak to the processor of Hispanic-style cheeses.

March 11, 2014
Study: Children at Greater Risk of GI Illness from Untreated Drinking Water

Researchers have found that children living in central and northern Wisconsin communities that don't disinfect their drinking water systems have a greater likelihood of contracting gastrointestinal illnesses than children who rely on other water systems.

March 11, 2014
FDA to Host April 4 Public Meeting on Environmental Impact of Produce Safety Proposed Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it will hold a public meeting on April 4 in College Park, MD, to discuss the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed rule to establish standards for the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce for human consumption (“Produce Safety Proposed Rule”). FDA also said it is extending the public scoping period for the EIS to April 18.

March 10, 2014
Food Safety a Part of USDA Support for Small, Mid-Sized Farmers, Ranchers

Today in remarks at the National Farmers Union National Convention in Santa Fe, NM, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect small- and mid-sized farmers and ranchers with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resources that can help them build stronger businesses, expand to reach new and larger markets, and grow their operations. Several of those efforts are focused on enhancing food safety.

March 10, 2014
Silliker Adds Process Authority Services for Acidified Foods Manufacturers

Silliker Food Science Center announced today that it now offers process authority services to support manufacturers of acidified foods.

March 6, 2014
Study Links Temperature Abuse to Pathogen Growth in Bagged Salad

A new study published In the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Food Production takes a look at the effects of temperature fluctuations during transit and in retail storage and display with respect to the growth of pathogens in bagged salads. In this case, the pathogens examined were E. coli 0157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes.

March 5, 2014
Obama Budget Highlights Silent on Food Safety; New Money Sought From Industry Fees

A slight cut in one and a tiny bump in the other might sum up President Obama’s proposed budgets for federal food safety, an area which doesn’t even ...

March 4, 2014
CDC Reports Dozens More Illnesses in Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported dozens of new illnesses tied to salmonella contamination of fresh Foster Farms chicken, now putting the total number of affected persons at 481 and reopening the investigation.

March 4, 2014
FSM Joins SAVE FOOD Initiative

Food Safety Magazine has partnered with the SAVE FOOD initiative, established in 2011 to bring the issue of global food loss to the international political and economic agenda.

March 3, 2014
AOAC Awards PTM Status to Roka's Atlas STEC EG2 Combo Assay

Roka Bioscience announced today that its Atlas STEC EG2 Combo Detection Assay for the detection of E. coli O157:H7 and other non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) has received AOAC Performance Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI).

February 27, 2014
Consumer Group Sounds Alarm over Azodicarbonamide in U.S. Food Products

Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States contain azodicarbonamide (ADA), a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.

February 26, 2014
Canadian Government Proposes to Amend Agriculture Monetary Penalties Regulations

The Government of Canada yesterday announced it is proposing to amend the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalities Regulations (AMPs Regulations) to expand Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, enacted in 1990. The proposed regulatory amendments will enable the issuance of monetary penalties for violation of these laws.

February 26, 2014
Feb. 27 Public Meeting to Address Agenda for Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting tomorrow, Feb. 27, to provide information, receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 8th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF). The 8th Session of the CCCF will be held March 31 – April 4 in The Hague, Netherlands.

February 21, 2014
FDA Agrees to Deadlines on Food Safety Overhaul

The largest American food safety update in 70 years will be complete by spring 2016 under the terms of a settlement announced Thursday between food safety advocates.

February 10, 2014
FDA Investigating Illnesses Linked to Uncle Ben's Rice; Recall Under Way

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local officials have been investigating a cluster of illnesses associated with Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Mexican Flavor sold in 5- and 25-pound bags. The manufacturer, Mars Foodservices, is recalling all bags and all lot numbers of its Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products produced in 2013.

February 18, 2014
IFT Global Food Traceability Center Receives Research Grant

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) has received a grant to conduct research into the impacts of traceability on consumer attitudes and business performance in the seafood industry from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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