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Costco Canada's Fish Import License Suspended
March 17, 2015
Costco Canada's Fish Import License Suspended

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended Costco Canada’s fish import license, claiming that the retailer is not consistently adhering to food safety regulations.

KSU Researchers Evaluate the Cost of Meat and Poultry Recalls
March 12, 2015
KSU Researchers Evaluate the Cost of Meat and Poultry Recalls

Kansas State University (KSU) conducted a study, Costs of Meat and Poultry Recalls to Food Firms, using stock market prices and other data originating between 1994 and 2013 to determine how a company’s bottom line is ultimately affected when a meat or poultry recall arises.

Hong Kong Finds Radioactive Contamination in Sample of Japanese Tea
March 12, 2015
Hong Kong Finds Radioactive Contamination in Sample of Japanese Tea

A sample of powdered tea imported from the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, just southeast of Tokyo, had 0.93 percent of the legal maximum level of radioactive cesium 137 allowed in food, the Hong Kong government announced late Thursday evening.

KFC Facing Pressure to Change Chicken Following McDonald's Announcement
March 12, 2015
KFC Facing Pressure to Change Chicken Following McDonald's Announcement

After last week’s announcement that McDonald’s will phase out their use of antibiotics in chickens, KFC--the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants--is facing mounting pressure to also alter the way their chickens are raised.

NAMIF Updates "Yellow Pages" Meat and Poultry Resource Guide
March 11, 2015
NAMIF Updates "Yellow Pages" Meat and Poultry Resource Guide

The North American Meat Institute Foundation (NAMIF) released an updated version of its popular Yellow Pages, a meat and poultry resource guide that provides important consumer information and answers to commonly asked questions about the meat supply, preparation and cooking and nutrition.  

 

IFSAC Report: Most Salmonella Caused by Seeded Vegetables, Not Meat
March 9, 2015
IFSAC Report: Most Salmonella Caused by Seeded Vegetables, Not Meat

Based on a joint federal food study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the primary source of Salmonella poisoning was seeded vegetables, not meat as many might have assumed.

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.

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.

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