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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.

Food Safety Leaders Gather in Berlin for GFSC
March 2, 2016
Food Safety Leaders Gather in Berlin for GFSC

This week, roughly 1,000 food safety leaders from over 60 countries have come together as part of the Global Food Safety Initiative’s 15th annual Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC) in Berlin, Germany.

FDA Shares New Insight on Spice Safety
February 26, 2016
FDA Shares New Insight on Spice Safety

After completing a 2 year nationwide study, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is analyzing data collected on the presence of Salmonella in retail packages found in supermarkets, ethnic markets, discount stores and online.

UK’s Fight Against Campylobacter Proving to Be a Success
February 25, 2016
UK’s Fight Against Campylobacter Proving to Be a Success

Today, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced results from a second round of quarterly testing of fresh chickens.

Here’s How Restaurants Can Reduce Zika Virus Infections
February 25, 2016
Here’s How Restaurants Can Reduce Zika Virus Infections

What does the Zika virus have to do with restaurant food safety?

Robert Califf Confirmed as New FDA Leader
February 24, 2016
Robert Califf Confirmed as New FDA Leader

Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee--Robert Califf--as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new leader.

New GMO Labeling Bill Introduced to Senate; Consumer Groups Object
February 23, 2016
New GMO Labeling Bill Introduced to Senate; Consumer Groups Object

Last week, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) introduced a draft bill requiring the Agriculture Secretary to put in place a national voluntary labeling standard for foods manufactured with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

FSMA to Earn $25 Million in Funds from President’s FY 2017 Budget
February 22, 2016
FSMA to Earn $25 Million in Funds from President’s FY 2017 Budget

Less than 2 weeks ago, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to ask for $5.1 billion from President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget--8 percent more than the previous fiscal year’s budget. Now, more details have been released about spending specifically for food safety.

New Grants for Regional Food Safety Training Centers Announced by FDA
February 18, 2016
New Grants for Regional Food Safety Training Centers Announced by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, have announced the creation of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance Grant Program.

Wood Pulp Detected in Name Brand Grated Cheeses
February 17, 2016
Wood Pulp Detected in Name Brand Grated Cheeses

Acting on a tip they received, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an unannounced visit to a Pennsylvania cheese factory back in 2012. They uncovered proof that Castle Cheese Inc. was altering its so-called “100 percent real Parmesan cheese” with fillers, namely wood pulp. The sub-par yet finished products were distributed to some of the largest grocery chains in the U.S.

FDA’s $5.1 Billion Budget Request Includes Food Safety Spending
February 10, 2016
FDA’s $5.1 Billion Budget Request Includes Food Safety Spending

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for $5.1 billion from President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget--8 percent more than the previous fiscal year’s budget.

Chipotle's Virtual Meeting Reveals Latest Food Safety Measures
February 9, 2016
Chipotle’s Virtual Meeting Reveals Latest Food Safety Measures

On Monday, Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill temporarily shut down its 2,000+ locations for a few hours to conduct a virtual town hall meeting to discuss food safety with employees.

FDA to Pause Non-Toxigenic E. coli Raw Milk Cheese Testing Until Further Review
February 8, 2016
FDA to Pause Non-Toxigenic E. coli Raw Milk Cheese Testing Until Further Review

Due to questions and concerns about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) testing of raw milk cheese for the presence of non-toxigenic E. coli, the agency is pausing those efforts to embark on a new review of current testing practices.

AMS Shares Presentation on Changes to the Exemption on Organic Assessments
February 8, 2016
AMS Shares Presentation on Changes to the Exemption on Organic Assessments

Last week, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) publicly shared a recorded presentation to review modifications to the organic assessment exemption regulations under 23 Federal marketing orders and 22 research and promotion programs, collectively referred to as “commodity promotion programs.”

USDA Reveals New Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry
February 4, 2016
USDA Reveals New Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the agency has finalized new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, chicken breasts, legs and wings.

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