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July 1, 2016
Poultry Carcass Treatment Can Cause False-Negatives in Salmonella Testing: USDA Institutes “Fix”
Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Starts July 1
July 1, 2016
Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Starts July 1

As of today, July 1, 2016, most food products sold in Vermont must legally display on the label if that item includes any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The new law--that all began with a bill that passed 2 years ago--is the first of its kind in the U.S. Although Vermont is the only state implicated, the law is having an effect nationwide.

Senate Agrees on Nationwide GMO Labels
June 24, 2016
Senate Agrees on Nationwide GMO Labels

This week, U.S. Senate lawmakers reached an agreement regarding how foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be labeled. The deal comes just one week before Vermont’s precedent-setting GMO labeling laws go into effect on July 1.

Research: Old Technique Greatly Reduces Salmonella in Ground Meats
June 23, 2016
Research: Old Technique Greatly Reduces Salmonella in Ground Meats

New research presented this week has revealed that an old technique can reduce the presence of Salmonella in meat by as much as 90 percent.

FDA Uses Whole Genome Sequencing to Pinpoint Foodborne Outbreak Origins
June 23, 2016
FDA Uses Whole Genome Sequencing to Pinpoint Foodborne Outbreak Origins

An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down the bacteria that caused it.

Purdue University to School Vegetable Farmers on FSMA
June 22, 2016
Purdue University to School Vegetable Farmers on FSMA

Purdue University’s Cooperative Extension Service will offer a program twice next month to update vegetable growers on federal regulations involving postharvest food safety and show how they can reduce the risk of contamination.

ISO Revises Food Industry Standard for Microbiological Testing
June 21, 2016
ISO Revises Food Industry Standard for Microbiological Testing

ISO 16140:2003 for the validation of alternative (proprietary) microbiological methods has just been revised.

Food Safety Magazine’s Partnership with GFSI Captures 2016 Conference Highlights
June 21, 2016
Food Safety Magazine’s Partnership with GFSI Captures 2016 Conference Highlights

Food Safety Magazine, primary media sponsor of the Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin, Germany, partnered with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) to capture feedback and observations on the conference itself and how the lessons learned can and will be implemented in the ever-changing world of food safety.

GFSI and UNIDO Form Food Safety Partnership
June 15, 2016
GFSI and UNIDO Form Food Safety Partnership

The partnership solidified today sets out to harness the vast experience and knowledge of both global organisations in order to implement “a roadmap for scaling up” by developing large-scale food safety capability building projects in a number of key regions in the global food supply network.

Whole Foods “Honestly Surprised” by Food Safety Violations
June 15, 2016
Whole Foods “Honestly Surprised” by Food Safety Violations

During a February inspection of a Whole Foods Market food packing and preparation facility in Everett, MA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found a number of what they referred to as “serious violations”, one of which includes conditions that could promote the growth of Listeria.

U.S. Sees First Signs of Superbug in Pigs, Human
June 15, 2016
U.S. Sees First Signs of Superbug in Pigs, Human

In March, the first signs of antibiotic resistance in a pig sample became apparent. This week, it was made public that last month, a second pig tested positive for bacteria resistant to antibiotics, bringing about concerns of a new superbug.

CRF Foods: FDA Reports Show Violations Since 2014
June 10, 2016
CRF Foods: FDA Reports Show Violations Since 2014

Inspection reports prove that problems at CRF’s Pasco, WA plant were rampant for well over a year before the company announced a widespread recall of their frozen food products.

Research: E. coli Still Survives After Ground Beef is Thoroughly Cooked
June 9, 2016
Research: E. coli Still Survives After Ground Beef is Thoroughly Cooked

Health Canada has long advised consumers to cook ground beef to 71 °C (equal to 159.8 °F). Now, researchers say that even this standard temperature recommendation might not kill all bacteria.

Former FDA Lead Shares New Food Security Mission
June 8, 2016
Former FDA Lead Shares New Food Security Mission

Mike Taylor’s planned departure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was announced by the agency in March. Today, Taylor has finally given some insight as to what he will do now that he is no longer the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

USDA Funds Help Schools to Secure Fresher, Safer Food
June 7, 2016
USDA Funds Help Schools to Secure Fresher, Safer Food

Congress appropriated nearly $200 million over the past six years for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) kitchen equipment grants, which have helped thousands of schools purchase needed upgrades.

Q&A with FDA's New Deputy Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff
June 2, 2016
Q&A with FDA's New Deputy Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a question and answer interview conducted with the agency's new Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Ostroff. Below are snippets from his commentary in relation to food safety the agency's upcoming plans.

General Mills Recalls 10 Million Pounds of Flour Due to E. coli
June 1, 2016
General Mills Recalls 10 Million Pounds of Flour Due to E. coli

Yesterday, General Mills announced a voluntary recall of 10 million pounds of flour after 38 people in 20 U.S. states fell ill due to Eschericia coli.

Regulators Ponder Recall Procedures for Online Food Sellers
May 31, 2016
Regulators Ponder Recall Procedures for Online Food Sellers

After more than 30 individuals have contracted Salmonella Virchow, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into whether or not they need to develop specific food recall and notification methods for online retailers.

GRAS Acrylamide-Reducing Baker’s Yeast Strain Gets OK from FDA
May 30, 2016
GRAS Acrylamide-Reducing Baker’s Yeast Strain Gets OK from FDA

Renaissance BioScience Corporation--a global yeast innovation company--has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) notice for its nonGMO, acrylamide-reducing (AR) baker’s yeast strain.

FDA Issues Final Food Defense Rule Under FSMA
May 26, 2016
FDA Issues Final Food Defense Rule Under FSMA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a new food safety rule under the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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