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May 27, 2014
FDA Extends Comment Period on Sanitary Transportation Proposed Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period on a food safety rule intended to prevent contamination during transit.

May 23, 2014
Sprouts Linked to E. coli Outbreak in Washington and Idaho

U.S. health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) O121 infections linked to raw clover sprouts that have sickened as many as 10 people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced May 22.

May 22, 2014
Missouri Restaurant Worker May Have Exposed Thousands to Hepatitis A

Health officials are concerned that as many as 5,000 people could have been exposed to hepatitis A at a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, MO, after a worker was diagnosed with the virus.

May 22, 2014
Iowa Egg Supplier and Two Executives Charged in 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

An Iowa company and two executives were charged Wednesday [May 21] with selling the eggs responsible for a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people and led to an unprecedented recall of 550 million eggs.

May 19, 2014
Michigan Firm Recalls 1.8 Million Pounds of Beef After E. coli Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that Wolverine Packing Co., Detroit, MI, is recalling 1.8 million pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recall follows an investigation into an E. coli outbreak that has sickened five Michigan residents; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a total of 11 case-patients in four states.

May 21, 2014
FDA Reports on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation, Assures It Is 'Vigilant' About Pet Safety

On Friday, May 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published an update on its ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths in animals that ate jerky pet treats. The update includes the latest information about complaints of illnesses, FDA’s collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a new case control study, and new findings revealed through the agency’s testing.

May 19, 2014
Agencies of USDA and CDC Jointly Tackle Foodborne Pathogens in Meat, Poultry, Eggs

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will provide a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards associated with meat, poultry and processed egg products.

May 16, 2014
EFSA Appoints Bernhard Url as Executive Director

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Management Board has appointed Bernhard Url as EFSA’s next executive director, effective June 1.

May 16, 2014
USDA's Ronholm Says FSIS Will Begin Testing Ground Beef for Salmonella

In today's USDA Blog, Brian Ronholm, acting under secretary for food safety, announced that this summer, FSIS will begin new testing of ground beef to improve safeguards against Salmonella.

May 16, 2014
NCSU Scientists Try New Tack to Treat Peanut and Other Food Allergies

To fight peanut allergies, scientists at North Carolina State University are developing a new kind of flour that could help allergy sufferers tolerate offending foods.

May 16, 2014
Industry Seeks More Time to Comment on Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Food

The United Fresh Produce Association and 21 other organizations have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to extend the comment period for 90 days – to Aug. 29, 2014 – for the proposed rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.

May 15, 2014
UK FSA Seeks Comments about Proposed Guidance on Allergen Labeling

The UK's Food Standards Agency is seeking views on draft technical guidance primarily aimed at food businesses that are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The guidance gives SMEs information about changes in European Union food allergen labeling for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.

May 14, 2014
EFSA Launches Project to Assess Safety of Food Enzymes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today announced that it has completed the first safety assessment of a food enzyme as part of a plan by European Union decision-makers to set up an authorized list of these substances.

May 13, 2014
U.S. and EU Report on Joint Progress Against Antimicrobial Resistance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the European Commission today released the first progress report of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR). The report touts the organization's successes and "renews the commitment of U.S. and European Union (EU) health authorities to pursue specific goals in their joint battle against antimicrobial resistance, a complex, dynamic and multi-faceted concern not bound by borders."

May 13, 2014
Grocery Manufacturers Aim to Overturn Vermont's GMO Labeling Law

Following Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's signing of a law requiring mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on May 8, the Grocery Manufacturers Association immediately declared that it will fight the law in court.

May 13, 2014
Available Online: Interagency Webinar on Attribution of Foodborne Illness

The FSIS, FDA and CDC have posted a recording of their most recent webinar, which detailed progress toward attributing foodborne illnesses to food sources.

May 12, 2014
Colorado Marijuana Vendors Find They Too Must Meet Food Safety Standards

Unannounced food safety inspections of businesses that manufacture and sell marijuana edibles in Denver have found code violations that have led to three product recalls and the destruction of tens of thousands of dollars' worth of products.

May 12, 2014
Researchers Aim to Reduce Pathogen Loads on Poultry Carcasses

In studies of poultry inoculated with S. Enteriditis and C. jejuni, researchers at Purdue and Auburn Universities have sought to identify both an ideal rinse volume and a ideal sampling method to reduce pathogen counts.

May 9, 2014
FDA Passes Oversight Responsibilities for Siluriformes Fish to FSIS

FDA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have established a Memorandum of Understanding to help transfer primary regulatory oversight over Siluriformes fish and fish products — including commercial catfish, basa, pangasius, and swai/tra — from FDA to FSIS.

May 9, 2014
Peanut Corporation of America Plant Manager Pleads Guilty

The former manager of a peanut processing plant in Georgia that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven criminal counts, including fraud.

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