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FSIS to Launch Pilot Program for Listeria in Retail Delis
January 20, 2016
FSIS to Launch Pilot Program for Listeria in Retail Delis

To combat the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in deli foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is launching a year-long nationwide pilot project aimed as assessing whether or not retailers are utilizing the best methods to control Listeria in their stores.

Chipotle to Close All Restaurants on Feb. 8 to Address Food Safety
January 15, 2016
Chipotle to Close All Restaurants on Feb. 8 to Address Food Safety

Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to close all of its restaurants in the U.S. for a few hours on February 8 to address food safety in an all-staff meeting.

FSIS Launches Next Phase of Pork Sampling Program
January 13, 2016
FSIS Launches Next Phase of Pork Sampling Program

This month,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began implementing the next phase of its Raw Pork Products Exploratory Sampling Program (RPPESP).

Milk Treated with UV Radiation is Safe: EFSA Panel
January 11, 2016
Milk Treated with UV Radiation is Safe: EFSA Panel

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies has delivered its opinion on UV-treated milk, saying that it is safe for the general public, excluding infants under 1 year of age.

Ireland Issues Fewer Food Safety Violations in 2015
January 11, 2016
Ireland Issues Fewer Food Safety Violations in 2015

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) says they issued fewer enforcement orders to food businesses for food safety violations in 2015 compared to 2014.

Campbell’s Soup Declares Support for GMO Labeling
January 8, 2016
Campbell’s Soup Declares Support for GMO Labeling

Today, Campbell’s Soup Company announced its support for federal legislation requiring labels for  foods produced with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The company has already prepared a label that will comply with Vermont’s pending GMO labeling law.

Blue Bell Issues Statement on Progress After 2015 Recall
January 8, 2016
Blue Bell Issues Statement on Progress After 2015 Recall

On Thursday, Blue Bell Creameries released a statement updating “loyal customers” on the progress the company after a widespread product recall last March that claimed three lives and sickened multiple others.

Feds Investigating One of Chipotle’s Norovirus Outbreaks
January 6, 2016
Feds Investigating One of Chipotle’s Norovirus Outbreaks

Chipotle Mexican Grill revealed today that the fast food chain was served with a grand jury subpoena last month in connection to the company’s first norovirus outbreak that occurred last August at one of their Simi Valley, CA locations.

 

Mars, Tata Trusts to Address Food Safety in India
January 6, 2016
Mars, Tata Trusts to Address Food Safety in India

Tata Trusts and Mars, Inc. have announced a new partnership solidified by a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow them to join forces to improve food safety, malnutrition and agricultural development in India, one of the world’s most populous countries.

FDA Bans Three Toxic Food Packaging Chemicals
January 5, 2016
FDA Bans Three Toxic Food Packaging Chemicals

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register that will ban three food-contact substances that are no longer manufactured.

Congress Strikes Down Country of Origin Labeling for Red Meat
January 4, 2016
Congress Strikes Down Country of Origin Labeling for Red Meat

As part of a massive year-end spending bill last month, U.S. Congress has repealed a food labeling law that required grocers and retailers to display the animal’s country of origin on packages of red meat.

DOJ Investigating Blue Bell's Listeria Outbreak
January 1, 2016
DOJ Investigating Blue Bell's Listeria Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Division has opened a criminal investigation regarding Blue Bell Creamery’s response to last spring’s Listeria outbreak that ultimately caused three deaths and at least 10 illnesses.

 

Study: Salmonella Can Flourish in Cookies, Crackers
December 23, 2015
Study: Salmonella Can Flourish in Cookies, Crackers

Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens can thrive in low-water-activity foods and dry foods, according to “Survival of Salmonella in Cookie and Cracker Sandwiches Containing Inoculated, Low-Water Activity Fillings”, a new study conducted by the University of Georgia and published in the Journal of Food Protection.

CDC Announces New Chipotle E. coli Outbreak
December 22, 2015
CDC Announces New Chipotle E. coli Outbreak

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that at least five more people have become sick after eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants.

EFSA, ECDC Report New Numbers on Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter
December 18, 2015
EFSA, ECDC Report New Numbers on Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), along with the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released findings from an annual report on foodborne outbreaks in the European Union (EU).

Chipotle Shifts Gears on Locally Sourced Ingredients
December 17, 2015
Chipotle Shifts Gears on Locally Sourced Ingredients

Chipotle Mexican Grill is changing how it handles fresh food preparation in an effort to make improvements with the company’s food safety after months of reported illnesses across the U.S.

$1.1 Billion Spending Bill to Pay for 2016 Food Safety Initiatives
December 17, 2015
$1.1 Billion Spending Bill to Pay for 2016 Food Safety Initiatives

This week, the House of Representatives made public a spending bill that will fund the federal government until the end of September 2016, which marks the end of the fiscal year. Included in the $1.1 billion bill are plans to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

USDA Beefing Up Traceback Procedures for Ground Meat Producers
December 14, 2015
USDA Beefing Up Traceback Procedures for Ground Meat Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has come up with a better way to determine the source of foodborne outbreaks linked to ground beef. If the new plan works, these efforts will stop outbreaks sooner than ever before.

 

FSIS Updates Best Practices for Minimizing Salmonella, Campylobacter
December 11, 2015
FSIS Updates Best Practices for Minimizing Salmonella, Campylobacter

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) published revised guidelines aimed at assisting poultry processors with controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw food products and preventing foodborne illness.

 

EFSA’s New Database Targets Scientists, Stakeholders and General Public
December 10, 2015
EFSA’s New Database Targets Scientists, Stakeholders and General Public

This week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced a new online warehouse in which data on chemical contaminants and food consumption is available to the public.

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