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Sysco Fined $19.4 Million for Storing Perishables in Unrefrigerated Sheds
July 21, 2014
Sysco Fined $19.4 Million for Storing Perishables in Unrefrigerated Sheds

NBC Bay Area reported today that, following its investigation into Sysco Corporation’s food storage practices, California officials will fine the food distribution company $19.4 million for "illegal and unsafe" practices.

Yum Brands, McDonald's Drop Supplier after Food Safety Scare in China
July 21, 2014
Yum Brands, McDonald's Drop Supplier after Food Safety Scare in China

A TV report showing unsanitary conditions at a Shanghai meat supplier's plant has caused a food safety scare for KFC (a unit of Yum Brands) and McDonald's in China.

USDA's FSIS Revises Laboratory Method for Campylobacter Testing
July 18, 2014
USDA's FSIS Revises Laboratory Method for Campylobacter Testing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that it has removed from its Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook an enumeration method for Campylobacter testing in raw poultry.

WHO-FAO Battling Foodborne Parasites Via Global Top 10 List, Report
July 17, 2014
WHO-FAO Battling Foodborne Parasites Via Global Top 10 List, Report

Earlier this month, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) released a "Top 10" list identifying the foodborne parasites of greatest global concern, along with a detailed report on those parasites and information on new guidelines that are being developed to control them.

General Mills Adds ABC Laboratories to Its Approved Lab List
July 17, 2014
General Mills Adds ABC Laboratories to Its Approved Lab List

ABC Research Laboratories yesterday announced its acceptance as a General Mills Approved Laboratory for pesticide multi-residue analysis (MRA).

FSIS Adds Eight Newly Approved Technologies to New Technology Table
July 15, 2014
FSIS Adds Eight Newly Approved Technologies to New Technology Table

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today released the latest version of its New Technology Information Table, which summarizes some of the new technologies that the agency has received and reviewed, and for which FSIS has had "no objection" to use in FSIS establishments.

GFSI Takes a Stand against Food Fraud, Issues Position Paper
July 14, 2014
GFSI Takes a Stand against Food Fraud, Issues Position Paper

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) today released a position paper on food fraud mitigation. the paper includes new requirements to be met by for food companies looking to combat food fraud.

UK's FSA Revises Guidance on Controlling E. coli O157 Cross-Contamination
July 14, 2014
UK's FSA Revises Guidance on Controlling E. coli O157 Cross-Contamination

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced last week that it has revised and updated its guidance on E. coli O157 control of cross-contamination, taking into account the results from independent research into the effectiveness of disinfecting complex equipment, as well as the views of industry and local authority stakeholders.

As Ongoing Outbreaks Make Headlines, CDC Trumpets Antibiotic Resistance Data
July 14, 2014
As Ongoing Outbreaks Make Headlines, CDC Trumpets Antibiotic Resistance Data

One week after its initial release of data from 2012 showing that antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens is an ongoing public health threat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 10 issued a "Special Edition" newsletter promoting its report and touting what federal agencies are doing to improve food safety.

Researchers Find Cloths Transfer Salmonella during Tomato Harvesting
July 10, 2014
Researchers Find Cloths Transfer Salmonella during Tomato Harvesting

A new study by researchers at the University of Florida confirms that cloths used in harvesting of tomatoes shouldn’t be reused, as they can transfer Salmonella bacteria from one tomato to many others.

QC Laboratories Adopts Bio-Rad’s Food Pathogen Detection Solution
July 10, 2014
QC Laboratories Adopts Bio-Rad’s Food Pathogen Detection Solution

Bio-Rad Laboratories announced July 8 that QC Laboratories, an independent food testing laboratory, has selected Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Prep Automation Solution for detecting foodborne pathogens.

Congresswomen DeLauro, Slaughter Call for Shutdown of All Foster Farms Plants
July 7, 2014
Congresswomen DeLauro, Slaughter Call for Shutdown of All Foster Farms Plants

Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) today issued a call for all Foster Farms poultry processing facilities to be shuttered until a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 600 people in 29 states is stopped. The Representatives also introduced legislation that would strengthen the ability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to recall meat, poultry, and egg products by clarifying the term "adulterated."

Foster Farms Recalls Chicken as 16-Month Salmonella Outbreak Continues
July 7, 2014
Foster Farms Recalls Chicken as 16-Month Salmonella Outbreak Continues

The USDA and California-based poultry processor Foster Farms announced July 3 that the company is recalling some of the raw chicken products linked to a 16-month-long outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections that has sickened more than 600 consumers in 27 states and Puerto Rico.

CDC: Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens Remains Public Health Threat
July 3, 2014
CDC: Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens Remains Public Health Threat

An analysis of foodborne illness data from 2012,  published July 1 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens remains a serious public health threat.

Mérieux NutriSciences Extends Reach by Acquiring Italy's TQF
July 1, 2014
Mérieux NutriSciences Extends Reach by Acquiring Italy's TQF

Chicago-based Mérieux NutriSciences Corp. today announced it has acquired Total Quality Food Consultants, thereby expanding its global portfolio of regulatory, scientific and marketing services to the food and non-food industries.

Aussie Researchers Find MLVA Helps Trace Foodborne Pathogens to Source
July 1, 2014
Aussie Researchers Find MLVA Helps Trace Foodborne Pathogens to Source

Research from the University of Melbourne, Australia, suggests that a test called multi-locus variable number tandem repeats variable analysis (MLVA) could make it easier for public health investigators to determine if a case of food poisoning is an isolated incident or part of a larger outbreak.

UK FSA Study Details Food Poisoning Cases, Targets Campylobacter
June 27, 2014
UK FSA Study Details Food Poisoning Cases, Targets Campylobacter

New research published June 26 by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) provides a highly detailed picture of how many people suffer from food poisoning in the UK every year and how much food poisoning can be attributed to different foods.

PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Examines FSMA Compliance Issues
June 26, 2014
PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Examines FSMA Compliance Issues

Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent study from PMMI. The report details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.

UK FSA Seeks More Input on Guidance for Allergen Labeling Rules
June 26, 2014
UK FSA Seeks More Input on Guidance for Allergen Labeling Rules

The UK's Food Standards Agency is soliciting industry input on draft technical guidance geared to small and medium sized food businesses to help them meet upcoming EU regulations on food allergen labelling for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.

FDA Guide Aims to Help Small Businesses Comply with Gluten-Free Labeling Reqs
June 25, 2014
FDA Guide Aims to Help Small Businesses Comply with Gluten-Free Labeling Reqs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guide for small food businesses to help them comply with new federal requirements for the voluntary use of the term "gluten-free" on food products.

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