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Judge Rules PCA Defendants Will Not Pay Salmonella Outbreak Victims
April 8, 2016
Judge Rules PCA Defendants Will Not Pay Salmonella Outbreak Victims

This week, a federal judge ruled that the four primary defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case will not be required to pay restitution to their victims who were affected by a deadly Salmonella outbreak.

FDA Finalizes Rule to Ensure Food Safety During Transport
April 5, 2016
FDA Finalizes Rule to Ensure Food Safety During Transport

A new food safety rule has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help prevent food contamination during its transport.

Study: How Often are Retail Deli Machines Cleaned?
April 4, 2016
Study: How Often are Retail Deli Machines Cleaned?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a study that delves into how often deli slicers are cleaned at the retail level. Deli foods are most commonly associated with Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

EFSA Study Identifies Top 28 Food Safety Topics
March 31, 2016
EFSA Study Identifies Top 28 Food Safety Topics

A study commissioned by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified 28 key topics that future food safety work should focus on.

Del Monte Moving Away from BPA, GMOs
March 30, 2016
Del Monte Moving Away from BPA, GMOs

Del Monte Foods is making the transition to food packaging that no longer contains bisphenol A (BPA)--a chemical that is used to harden plastic products. Simultaneously, Del Monte has also announced plans to expand their line of food products that do not contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

Campbell Soup Cans Going BPA-Free
March 29, 2016
Campbell Soup Cans Going BPA-Free

Campbell Soup Company is doing away with bisphenol A (BPA)-lined cans in North America by mid-2017. This new move applies not only to all of Campbell’s soups, but also Swanson broth and SpaghettiO’s pasta.

GMO Labels Coming to ConAgra Foods
March 25, 2016
GMO Labels Coming to ConAgra Foods

Vermont’s pending law that will require food manufacturers to label their foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has prompted yet another food giant to get a head start: ConAgra Foods Inc.

James Marsden Chosen as Chipotle’s Food Safety Leader
March 24, 2016
James Marsden Chosen as Chipotle’s Food Safety Leader

Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired James Marsden--a former Kansas State University (KSU) meat science professor--to head up the chain’s food safety endeavors.

Kellogg’s and Mars Begin Labeling GMO Products
March 23, 2016
Kellogg’s and Mars Begin Labeling GMO Products

Kellogg’s and Mars, Inc. have both begun labeling its products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

General Mills to Begin Rolling Out GMO Food Labels
March 21, 2016
General Mills to Begin Rolling Out GMO Food Labels

Last week, General Mills announced that the company would begin labeling its products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

TRSA Announces Hygienically Clean Certification for Food Safety
March 18, 2016
TRSA Announces Hygienically Clean Certification for Food Safety

TRSA--a textile service industry association--has developed a certification program for laundries serving the food manufacturing and processing sectors.

FDA to Award States with $19 Million for FSMA Help
March 18, 2016
FDA to Award States with $19 Million for FSMA Help

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its largest allocation of funds yet--$19 million to help state agencies support the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Walmart, McDonald’s and Other Food Companies Urge Congress to Fund National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
March 16, 2016
Walmart, McDonald’s and Other Food Companies Urge Congress to Fund National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested $5.1 billion from President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget. Today, Pew Charitable Trusts, Infectious Diseases Society of America and a host of other food companies sent a letter to Congress, urging House and Senate members to “include funding in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to support the Administration’s implementation of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and at the Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

EFSA Shares New Food Crisis Communication Guidelines
March 15, 2016
EFSA Shares New Food Crisis Communication Guidelines

Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published and shared guidelines on how to communicate during a food crisis.

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Acrylamide in Well-Done Foods
March 11, 2016
FDA Issues Final Guidance on Acrylamide in Well-Done Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final guidance on how food manufacturers, processors, growers and operators can reduce levels of acrylamide--a chemical that the International Agency for Research on Cancer considers to be a human carcinogen--in food. The U.S. National Toxicology Program also believes acrylamide to be linked to cancer.

Sick Employees Prompt Another Chipotle Closing
March 9, 2016
Sick Employees Prompt Another Chipotle Closing

A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Bellerica, MA--located northwest of Boston--was voluntarily and temporarily shut down yesterday after one of its employees tested positive for norovirus.

Michael Taylor to Exit FDA
March 8, 2016
Michael Taylor to Exit FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA's) Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor announced today that he is leaving the agency on June 1, 2016. 

Food Allergens the Focus of IDDBA’s 2016 Campaign
March 7, 2016
Food Allergens the Focus of IDDBA’s 2016 Campaign

The International Deli-Dairy-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has announced that its year-long 2016 Safe Food Matters! campaign will focus on food allergens.

Cornell to Help Lead Northeast Region’s Food Safety Center of Excellence
March 3, 2016
Cornell to Help Lead Northeast Region’s Food Safety Center of Excellence

It was announced earlier this week that Cornell University and the New York State Department of Health will jointly lead the nation’s newest Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (IFSCE).

UNIDO and GFSI to Expand Partnership in Food Safety
March 2, 2016
UNIDO and GFSI to Expand Partnership in Food Safety

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have announced the expansion of their long-term collaboration into a formal strategic partnership for large-scale capacity building programs.

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