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FMI, GMA Introduce Clearer Date Labels to Curtail Food Waste
February 17, 2017
FMI, GMA Introduce Clearer Date Labels to Curtail Food Waste

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have teamed up to develop clearer messaging aimed at helping consumers better understand food expiration dates, thus reducing food waste.

Supplier’s Listeria Problems Affect Cheeses by Sargento, Sara Lee, Meijer
February 14, 2017
Supplier’s Listeria Problems Affect Cheeses by Sargento, Sara Lee, Meijer

The third party supplier at the helm of the massive recall--Deutsch Kase Haus of Middlebury, IN--is no stranger to Listeria contamination. In the fall of 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly conducted environmental testing in which three out of 25 swabs tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Sanderson Farms to Continue Using Antibiotics in Meat
February 10, 2017
Sanderson Farms to Continue Using Antibiotics in Meat

On Thursday, a Sanderson Farms Inc. shareholder proposal to stop the use of medically important antibiotics for animal growth and disease prevention did not pass with enough votes.

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Open for Public Comment
February 8, 2017
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Open for Public Comment

The proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will introduce modern food safety requirements for businesses that either import food, or prepare food to be exported or sold across provinces.

NASDA Sets Priorities for 2018 Farm Bill
February 2, 2017
NASDA Sets Priorities for 2018 Farm Bill

This week, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) came to an agreement regarding priorities for the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.

FDA Scolds Aspen Hills Cookie Dough Facility for Poor Cleaning, Sanitizing
January 30, 2017
FDA Scolds Aspen Hills Cookie Dough Facility for Poor Cleaning, Sanitizing

A letter sent to Aspen Hills from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blames the company for not doing enough to prevent the spread of Listeria monocytogenes in their processing facility.

Memo Explains Effect of Trump’s Regulatory Freeze on FSMA Enforcement
January 27, 2017
Memo Explains Effect of Trump’s Regulatory Freeze on FSMA Enforcement

President Donald Trump recently issued a freeze on new or pending federal regulations that must now be reviewed and approved prior to enforcement.

Trump’s Withdrawal from TPP Agreement: What Does it Mean for the Food Industry?
January 25, 2017
Trump’s Withdrawal from TPP Agreement: What Does it Mean for the Food Industry?

Earlier this week, newly elected President Donald Trump carried out one of his campaign promises by formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a deal that took 7 years to negotiate under former President Barack Obama.

FSA’s “Go for Gold” Campaign to Minimize Consumers’ Exposure to Acrylamide, Cancer
January 23, 2017
FSA’s “Go for Gold” Campaign to Minimize Consumers’ Exposure to Acrylamide, Cancer

Today, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched a “Go for Gold” campaign aimed at helping consumers to understand how they can minimize exposure to acrylamide when cooking at home.

Trump Picks Former Georgia Governor to Lead USDA
January 19, 2017
Trump Picks Former Georgia Governor to Lead USDA

Less than 2 days before Donald J. Trump officially takes his seat as the 45th president of the United States, reports began to surface that the President-Elect finally chose a new leader to head up the U.S. Department of Agriculture--former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican.

EFSA Introduces OpenFoodTox Database on Chemical Food Hazards
January 18, 2017
EFSA Introduces OpenFoodTox Database on Chemical Food Hazards

Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) unveiled OpenFoodTox--a new database that provides instant access to a wealth of information from over 1,650 EFSA scientific outputs about the toxicity of chemicals found in the food and feed chain.

FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance for Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods
January 13, 2017
FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance for Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing an updated draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenesin Ready-To-Eat Foods,” which supports ongoing efforts by industry and government agencies to reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods.

 

CDC: Alaskan Wild Salmon May Have Japanese Tapeworm
January 12, 2017
CDC: Alaskan Wild Salmon May Have Japanese Tapeworm

A study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week states that wild salmon caught in Alaska could be infected with Japanese broad tapeworm--a parasite previously believed to only infect fish in Asia.

Farm Stand Hazelnuts Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Oregon
January 10, 2017
Farm Stand Hazelnuts Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Oregon

Hazelnuts from an Oregon farm have been reportedly linked to a Salmonella outbreak.

Fast Food Chain Wendy’s Making Strides with Food Suppliers, Antibiotics, Sustainable Beef and More
January 6, 2017
Fast Food Chain Wendy’s Making Strides with Food Suppliers, Antibiotics, Sustainable Beef and More

This week, The Wendy’s Company released its 2016 update on significant corporate social responsibility initiatives, including plans for continued progress in 2017.

2016 Salmonella Oslo Outbreak Linked to Persian Cucumbers
January 5, 2017
2016 Salmonella Oslo Outbreak Linked to Persian Cucumbers

Between March and April 2016, 14 consumers in eight states became ill with Salmonella Oslo after apparently eating contaminated cucumbers. After epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory investigations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says the source of the outbreak was Persian cucumbers.

Blue Bell Ready for Business as Usual After Listeria Outbreak
January 3, 2017
Blue Bell Ready for Business as Usual After Listeria Outbreak

According to reports, Blue Bell Creameries is asking federal regulators to let up and allow the Texas-based ice cream maker to get back to business as usual following a deadly Listeria outbreak.

FDA Announces Updated FSMA Training Strategy
December 21, 2016
FDA Announces Updated FSMA Training Strategy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published an updated training strategy that reflects progress made with the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) over the past year or so.

Salmonella Stourbridge Suddenly on the Rise in Germany
December 21, 2016
Salmonella Stourbridge Suddenly on the Rise in Germany

During the second half of 2016, Germany has experienced an increase in the number of Salmonella Stourbridge cases. The source of the infections has yet to be identified.

EU Reports Significant Changes in Listeria, Salmonella Cases
December 19, 2016
EU Reports Significant Changes in Listeria, Salmonella Cases

The European Union has released a summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and foodborne outbreaks in 2015.

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