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Maple Leaf Foods Will Require GFSI-Certified Suppliers in 2017
October 8, 2015
Maple Leaf Foods Will Require GFSI-Certified Suppliers in 2017

Maple Leaf Foods has announced that, beginning in 2017, the company will require all of its suppliers--protein, ingredients and packaging--to become food safety certified to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard.

 

 
Number of Victims Sickened by Tainted Cucumbers on the Rise
October 7, 2015
Number of Victims Sickened by Tainted Cucumbers on the Rise

Since an initial recall of Salmonella poona tainted cucumbers distributed by San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson (A&W) was first announced in early September, the multistate outbreak has continued to spread.

 

Penny Pinching Grocery Stores Not Helping UK’s Campylobacter Crisis
October 7, 2015
Penny Pinching Grocery Stores Not Helping UK’s Campylobacter Crisis

UK grocery stores are not doing all they can to help with Campylobacter contamination in chickens.

 

PCA Plant Managers Sentenced in Salmonella Outbreak Trial
October 1, 2015
PCA Plant Managers Sentenced in Salmonella Outbreak Trial

The two remaining co-defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) case were sentenced to jail time today in an Albany, GA federal court.
 

China’s Amended Food Safety Law Effective Oct. 1
October 1, 2015
China’s Amended Food Safety Law Effective Oct. 1

China has long been a hotbed where food safety scandals run rampant. As of today--October 1, 2015--the country is revising its Food Safety Law for the first time in 6 years.

A&W Donates to STOP Foodborne Illness After Massive Cucumber Recall
September 28, 2015
A&W Donates to STOP Foodborne Illness After Massive Cucumber Recall

Andrew and Williamson (A&W)--the company named in a recent major recall linked to Salmonella bacteria in cucumbers--is making a donation to STOP Foodborne Illness. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping those impacted by foodborne illness.

 

FIA and World Bank Join Forces for Food Safety Partnership
September 22, 2015
FIA and World Bank Join Forces for Food Safety Partnership

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has signed an agreement to ramp up food safety capacity building in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

28 Years in Prison for Georgia Peanut Executive
September 21, 2015
28 Years in Prison for Georgia Peanut Executive

A U.S. District judge in Albany, GA has sentenced 61-year-old Stewart Parnell to 28 years in prison for his role in shipping contaminated food that killed 9 people and sickened at least 700 others in 2008 and 2009, causing one of the largest foodborne outbreaks in U.S. history.

 

France OK’s BPA Food Contact Materials for Export Only
September 21, 2015
France OK’s BPA Food Contact Materials for Export Only

France’s national ban on the manufacture and export of food contact materials that contain bisphenol A (BPA) has been lifted. However, France still does not allow such products to be sold within their borders.

 

Mars Inc. to Open $15M Global Food Safety Center in China
September 18, 2015
Mars Inc. to Open $15M Global Food Safety Center in China

Mars, Inc. is opening the Global Food Safety Center (GFSC)--a pre-competitive research and training hub. The center is slated to open on September 24.

Difficult Choices Ahead If FSMA Does Not Acquire Proper Funding
September 17, 2015
Difficult Choices Ahead If FSMA Does Not Acquire Proper Funding

In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successful, it must obtain sufficient funding as determined by Congress.

President Obama Taps Robert Califf as New FDA Lead
September 15, 2015
President Obama Taps Robert Califf as New FDA Lead

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama is nominating Robert Califf as the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

Most U.S. Restaurant Chains Fail to Adequately Address Antibiotic Use, Report Says
September 15, 2015
Most U.S. Restaurant Chains Fail to Adequately Address Antibiotic Use, Report Says

A joint report and scorecard by a number of organizations has rated more than 20 top restaurants on their use of antibiotics in meat. With the exception of five companies, all received failing grades.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Chain Restaurant Menu Labeling
September 11, 2015
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Chain Restaurant Menu Labeling

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance entitled, “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Other Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods--Part II”.

FSA Releases New Data on Campylobacter in UK Chickens
September 11, 2015
FSA Releases New Data on Campylobacter in UK Chickens

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has just published its final report of their year-long survey of Campylobacter levels on UK fresh shop-bought chickens.

 

Tainted Cucumber Outbreak Claims Two Lives; Sickens Hundreds in 30 States
September 11, 2015
Tainted Cucumber Outbreak Claims Two Lives; Sickens Hundreds in 30 States

Two people in California and Texas have died after consuming cucumbers that were contaminated with Salmonella poona.

 

FSMA Rules on Human and Animal Food Published by FDA
September 10, 2015
FSMA Rules on Human and Animal Food Published by FDA

In January 2011, President Barack Obama signed off on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Over 4 years later, some of FSMA’s final rules are coming into effect.

 

Study: Consumers are Drawn to Traceable Foods
September 8, 2015
Study: Consumers are Drawn to Traceable Foods

New research from the University at Buffalo School of Management suggests that consumers are more likely to purchase food products when stores utilize traceability systems that prove where and how the food was produced and shipped.

Details Thin in Subway’s Antibiotic Free Chicken Plans
September 8, 2015
Details Thin in Subway’s Antibiotic Free Chicken Plans

Subway is joining a rapidly growing list of fast food restaurants choosing to serve antibiotic free chicken due to growing concern about antibiotic resistance from consumers.

 

Deadline Looms for FDA to Finalize Safety Standards for Produce and Imported Food
September 8, 2015
Deadline Looms for FDA to Finalize Safety Standards for Produce and Imported Food

As President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda gradually comes to an end, there’s expected to be an onslaught of new rules passed before election year becomes Washington’s priority.

 

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