Food Safety Magazine

November 17, 2014

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Canada Tops Overall World Ranking of Food Safety Performance
November 20, 2014
Canada Tops Overall World Ranking of Food Safety Performance

Canada ranks first, followed by Ireland and France as the top three countries in food safety performance according to the 2014 World Ranking Food Safety Performance, a new report produced by The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada in collaboration with the University of Guelph's Food Institute.

 

QIAGEN Achieves AOAC Certification of Automated Workflows for Detection of Listeria Pathogens in Common Foods
November 20, 2014
QIAGEN Achieves AOAC Certification of Automated Workflows for Detection of Listeria Pathogens in Common Foods

QIAGEN today announced that its mericon® Pathogen Detection Assays for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes received AOAC Performance Tested MethodSM (PTM) certification from the AOAC-Research Institute.

New LGMA Tech Training Video Aimed at Farm Workers
November 20, 2014
New LGMA Tech Training Video Aimed at Farm Workers

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) released a new video this week that is now part of the organization’s training program.

Romer Labs RapidChek Listeria NextDay AOAC Certification Extended for Monitoring Food Samples
November 19, 2014
Romer Labs RapidChek Listeria NextDay AOAC Certification Extended for Monitoring Food Samples

Romer Labs has announced that its RapidChek® Listeria NextDay test system earned Performance-Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute for various ready-to-eat foods with a 27-48 hr. enrichment.

 

NSF International Awarded 2014 Certification Body of the Year by Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI)
November 18, 2014
NSF International Awarded 2014 Certification Body of the Year by Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI)

NSF International was awarded SQF Certification Body of the Year by The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) at the Quality Achievement Awards Ceremony during the SQF Conference on October 29, 2014.

Definition of “Farm” Prompts FDA to Publish Updated Guidance for Industry on Food Facility Registration
November 18, 2014
Definition of “Farm” Prompts FDA to Publish Updated Guidance for Industry on Food Facility Registration

The Food and Drug Administration has announced the availability of a guidance for industry entitled "Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Sixth Edition)."

November 13, 2014
FDA’s Taylor Visits China to Strengthen Food Safety Ties

Today, 15 percent of America’s food supply is imported from other countries, including 80 percent of seafood and 50 percent of fresh fruit. An increasing amount of that food is coming from China, a country with a food safety track record that leaves many American consumers uneasy.

Starbucks’ Stance on GMOs Called Out in New Petition
November 12, 2014
Starbucks’ Stance on GMOs Called Out in New Petition

More than 26,000 people have signed a petition on Care2.com urging coffee giant Starbucks to cut ties with organizations that oppose labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

NSF International Acquires Knight International Inspectorate
November 12, 2014
NSF International Acquires Knight International Inspectorate

Global public health organization NSF International has acquired Knight International Inspectorate.

CRB Designs LEED® Gold Facility for Mars Chocolate North America
November 12, 2014
CRB Designs LEED® Gold Facility for Mars Chocolate North America

CRB has helped a Mars Chocolate North America manufacturing facility in Topeka, KS to earn their LEED® Gold certification.

 
National Limits on GMOs Made Possible by European Parliament
November 12, 2014
National Limits on GMOs Made Possible by European Parliament

New rules agreed upon this week by the European Parliament now allow individual governments to restrict or ban growing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory––even if it is allowed by the European Union (EU).

 
Global Food Safety Testing Market to Reach $13.6 Billion by 2019
November 11, 2014
Global Food Safety Testing Market to Reach $13.6 Billion by 2019

The global food safety testing market is expected to grow to $13.6 billion within the next 5 years, according to Global Markets and Technologies for Food Safety Testing, a new report by BCC Research.

FDA Announces New CFSAN Center Director
November 10, 2014
FDA Announces New CFSAN Center Director

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that new leadership will be in place come January 2015.

New Food Safety Program in the Works for Oklahoma State University
November 10, 2014
New Food Safety Program in the Works for Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University (OSU) is on the way toward finalizing a food safety program that will benefit both students and the global food industry at large.

GAO Uncovers Flaws in Monitoring and Data Collection Efforts by FDA and USDA
November 10, 2014
GAO Uncovers Flaws in Monitoring and Data Collection Efforts by FDA and USDA

Recent data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that there’s much room for improvement in the way both organizations monitor pesticide residue violations.

FDA Accepting Comments on Proposed Supplemental Produce Safety Rules Until Dec. 14
November 10, 2014
FDA Accepting Comments on Proposed Supplemental Produce Safety Rules Until Dec. 14

The comment period on a proposed supplemental rule that goes with the Food Safety Modernization Act will end on December 14th.

FDA Officials to Speak at Live Food Safety Session in Georgia
November 10, 2014
FDA Officials to Speak at Live Food Safety Session in Georgia

On November 19th, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) will sponsor an interactive discussion session outlining the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed produce safety rule appearing in the congressional mandates in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

November 8, 2014
U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.

A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.

Larry Keener Nominated for IFT Board of Directors
November 7, 2014
Larry Keener Nominated for IFT Board of Directors

Larry Keener, president and CEO of International Product Safety Consultants and longtime member of the FSM Editorial Advisory Board, has been nominated as a candidate for leadership of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Board of Directors for 2015.

FMI Partners with Alchemy Systems for New SafeMark™ Online Food Safety Course
November 6, 2014
FMI Partners with Alchemy Systems for New SafeMark™ Online Food Safety Course

Alchemy Systems has just announced the release of the highly anticipated online course, SafeMark™ Food Safety Manager: Certification Training for Retail Food Stores.

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