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June 6, 2014
United Fresh, IFS Roll Out Streamlined Certification for Produce Packers

The United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) yesterday announced that it has collaborated with international standards body IFS to offer fruit and vegetable producers and packers a streamlined solution to achieve GFSI-benchmarked certification with IFS Food and the United Fresh Harmonized Standard, as well as a one-stop approach using GLOBALG.A.P. for primary production.

June 6, 2014
FDA, CDC, FSIS Offer Web Resource on Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have developed a Web resource about the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC). The site highlights the collaboration's work and creates a vehicle for sharing information with the public.

June 6, 2014
As Chia Seed-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Expands, U.S. and Canadian Agencies Investigate, Cooperate

U.S. and Canadian health agencies continue to report increases in the number of cases of salmonellosis linked to sprouted chia seed products, with current totals at 27 in Canada and 17 in the U.S. Two strains of SalmonellaSalmonella Newport and Salmonella Hartford — have been associated with the outbreaks in both countries.

June 3, 2014
MSU Scientists Urge Opening Vacuum-Packed Fish Before Thawing

Michigan State University Extension scientists on May 31 published an article urging consumers and foodservice employees to "open your vacuum packed fish before thawing." The reason? Both Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes can survive in reduced oxygen packaging at refrigerator temperatures, and thawing the fish before opening the package may promote the growth of those pathogens.

June 3, 2014
FDA Releases Compliance Policy Guide on Food Facility Registration

The FDA on June 2 published the final version of “Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 100.250 Food Facility Registration – Human and Animal Food,” which provides guidance for FDA staff on enforcing the food facility registration provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. They include the requirement that certain food facilities register with FDA, the requirement that registered facilities biennially renew their registrations with FDA, and FDA’s authority to suspend a food facility’s registration.

June 2, 2014
Egg Firm Implicated in 2010 Salmonella Outbreak to Pay $6.8 Million Fine

Iowa-based Quality Egg has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in 2010.

June 2, 2014
UK's Food Standards Agency Offers Web-Based HACCP Guidance

The UK's Food Standards Agency last week unveiled MyHACCP, an online tool designed to guide UK food and beverage companies — especially small businesses — through the process of developing a food safety management system based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, as required by EU Food Hygiene rules.

May 31, 2014
Salmonella Linked to Chia Powder Sickens 12 in Multistate Outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 29 that it is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to organic sprouted chia powder distributed by Navitas Naturals of Novato, CA. On Twelve cases have been reported in seven states, and one of those people has been hospitalized.

May 29, 2014
CDC Reports 50 New Cases in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 27 that it has received reports of 50 new Salmonella Heidelberg infections likely related to Foster Farms chicken since April 9. The agency said it is continuing its investigation of this outbreak, in which 574 persons infected with Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 27 states and Puerto Rico since March 1, 2013.

May 27, 2014
Australia / New Zealand Food Safety Agency Issues Food Recall Protocol

The food safety agency Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) this month issued a Food Industry Recall Protocol, which provides information on recalling food in Australia and guidance for food businesses on developing a written food recall plan.

May 27, 2014
FDA Extends Comment Period on Sanitary Transportation Proposed Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period on a food safety rule intended to prevent contamination during transit.

May 23, 2014
Sprouts Linked to E. coli Outbreak in Washington and Idaho

U.S. health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) O121 infections linked to raw clover sprouts that have sickened as many as 10 people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced May 22.

May 22, 2014
Missouri Restaurant Worker May Have Exposed Thousands to Hepatitis A

Health officials are concerned that as many as 5,000 people could have been exposed to hepatitis A at a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, MO, after a worker was diagnosed with the virus.

May 22, 2014
Iowa Egg Supplier and Two Executives Charged in 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

An Iowa company and two executives were charged Wednesday [May 21] with selling the eggs responsible for a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people and led to an unprecedented recall of 550 million eggs.

May 19, 2014
Michigan Firm Recalls 1.8 Million Pounds of Beef After E. coli Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that Wolverine Packing Co., Detroit, MI, is recalling 1.8 million pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recall follows an investigation into an E. coli outbreak that has sickened five Michigan residents; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a total of 11 case-patients in four states.

May 21, 2014
FDA Reports on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation, Assures It Is 'Vigilant' About Pet Safety

On Friday, May 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published an update on its ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths in animals that ate jerky pet treats. The update includes the latest information about complaints of illnesses, FDA’s collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a new case control study, and new findings revealed through the agency’s testing.

May 19, 2014
Agencies of USDA and CDC Jointly Tackle Foodborne Pathogens in Meat, Poultry, Eggs

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will provide a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards associated with meat, poultry and processed egg products.

May 16, 2014
EFSA Appoints Bernhard Url as Executive Director

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Management Board has appointed Bernhard Url as EFSA’s next executive director, effective June 1.

May 16, 2014
USDA's Ronholm Says FSIS Will Begin Testing Ground Beef for Salmonella

In today's USDA Blog, Brian Ronholm, acting under secretary for food safety, announced that this summer, FSIS will begin new testing of ground beef to improve safeguards against Salmonella.

May 16, 2014
NCSU Scientists Try New Tack to Treat Peanut and Other Food Allergies

To fight peanut allergies, scientists at North Carolina State University are developing a new kind of flour that could help allergy sufferers tolerate offending foods.

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