Food Safety Magazine

November 17, 2014

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McDonald's Chicken to be Antibiotic-Free Within Two Years
March 6, 2015
McDonald's Chicken to be Antibiotic-Free Within Two Years

After a number of failed marketing and rebranding efforts, McDonald’s––one of the biggest purchasers of chicken in the U.S.––has announced that they will begin phasing out the use of antibiotics in their chicken at U.S. locations.

FDA’s Milk Testing Confirms Effective Dairy Farm Practices
March 5, 2015
FDA’s Milk Testing Confirms Effective Dairy Farm Practices

After a milk sampling survey was conducted at nearly 2,000 dairy farms, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that the overwhelming majority of America’s milk supply is indeed safe, even in cases that require medication to maintain the health of dairy cattle.

GAO Report: FDA Not Planning to Meet FSMA Mandates
March 3, 2015
GAO Report: FDA Not Planning to Meet FSMA Mandates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report last week stating that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could do more to ensure that food being imported into the U.S. is safe.

 

Savings From a Single Food Safety Agency Appeal to Some House Republicans
February 27, 2015
Savings From a Single Food Safety Agency Appeal to Some House Republicans

Some House Republicans appear to be considering proposals for a single food safety agency.

EFSA Report Outlines Resistance Levels to Foodborne Illness Treatments
February 26, 2015
EFSA Report Outlines Resistance Levels to Foodborne Illness Treatments

The European Food Safety Authority and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control have released findings from their joint European Union Summary Report.

FDA Releases Enhanced Version of FDA-iRISK for Food Safety
February 26, 2015
FDA Releases Enhanced Version of FDA-iRISK for Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an enhanced version of a free web-based tool that helps users to conduct quantitative risk assessments related to food safety.

2015 Dietary Guidelines: Smarter Consumer Choices Can Impact Foodborne Outbreaks
February 26, 2015
2015 Dietary Guidelines: Smarter Consumer Choices Can Impact Foodborne Outbreaks

The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, submitted this month to the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is suggesting that consumer behavior––along with other practices put in place by government and private sectors––can play a role in reducing cases of foodborne illnesses.

 

IFSAC Introduces New Method for Attributing Foodborne Illness
February 24, 2015
IFSAC Introduces New Method for Attributing Foodborne Illness

There’s a new method for analyzing outbreak data to determine which foods are responsible for illness related to four major foodborne bacteria, thanks to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

 

USDA Announces $6 Million Available for Food Safety Programs
February 20, 2015
USDA Announces $6 Million Available for Food Safety Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced that $160 million in funding is now available for research, education and extension projects to boost U.S. agriculture production.

John G. Surak Earns Freund-Marquardt Medal
February 19, 2015
John G. Surak Earns Freund-Marquardt Medal

John G. Surak––a member of Food Safety Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board––has been presented with a Freund-Marquardt Medal.

FDA Warns Consumers of Peanut Allergens Found in Cumin Spice
February 19, 2015
FDA Warns Consumers of Peanut Allergens Found in Cumin Spice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers with peanut allergies to avoid food products containing cumin spice due to possible traces of peanut. Cumin is a common ingredient in Indian dishes and Tex-Mex style cooking.

Listeria Thrives in Retail Delis, According to Purdue Study
February 17, 2015
Listeria Thrives in Retail Delis, According to Purdue Study

Traces of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria may not be completely destroyed with current cleaning procedures in place at retail delis, according to new research conducted by Purdue University.

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.

From Farm to Fork to Landfill––Yale Law School Debuts Food Law and Policy Course
February 12, 2015
From Farm to Fork to Landfill––Yale Law School Debuts Food Law and Policy Course

With a growing interest surrounding the laws and regulations that govern the foods and beverages we grow, raise, share, sell, cook, eat and drink, an entire new area of law continues to emerge and take hold in academia across the country. 

GMA Names Jennifer Cleveland McEntire as VP of Science Operations
February 10, 2015
GMA Names Jennifer Cleveland McEntire as VP of Science Operations

This week, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced that Jennifer Cleveland McEntire will take over as the organization’s new vice president of science operations beginning March 3rd.

$30 Million to Combat Citrus Disease Announced by Secretary Vilsack
February 9, 2015
$30 Million to Combat Citrus Disease Announced by Secretary Vilsack

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that $30 million has been set aside to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB)––otherwise known as “citrus greening”––a disease that threatens U.S. citrus production.

University of Maine to Research Foodborne Pathogens with Funds from USDA
February 9, 2015
University of Maine to Research Foodborne Pathogens with Funds from USDA

Researchers at the University of Maine have been granted $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

New Bill Proposes Giving Meat Recall Authority to FSIS
February 6, 2015
New Bill Proposes Giving Meat Recall Authority to FSIS

Under the Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) would have the authority to recall contaminated meat, poultry and some egg products. This bill would also allow the Secretary of Agriculture to issue a mandatory food recall. This new legislation has been proposed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

 

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Resign
February 5, 2015
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Resign

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Dr. Margaret Hamburg--who’s served as commissioner of the agency for nearly 6 years--is stepping down from her position.

FDA, CDC and USDA to Hold Public Meeting on IFSAC
January 30, 2015
FDA, CDC and USDA to Hold Public Meeting on IFSAC

On Tuesday February 24th, a public meeting will take place to update stakeholders on the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration’s (IFSAC) work to improve foodborne illness source attribution.

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