China's Xinhua news agency today reported that Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved a law that aims to protect consumers from trade malpractices and substandard or hazardous food products. Although President Aquino signed the bill — Republic Act No. 10611, to be known as the Food Safety Act of 2013 — into law on August 23, the presidential palace just informed the media on September 3.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service today reaffirmed the equivalence of the food safety inspection system for processed poultry in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which was originally established in 2006. This will enable the PRC to certify plants to export processed poultry product to the United States.
Science has revealed what ancient kings and sultans never knew: instead of improving health, spices sometimes make people very sick, so Indian government officials are quietly pushing some of the most far-reaching changes ever in the way farmers here pick, dry and thresh their rich bounty. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will soon release a comprehensive analysis that pinpoints imported spices, found in just about every kitchen in the Western world, as a surprisingly potent source of salmonella poisoning.
Merck Animal Health this month suspended U.S. sales of its beta-agonist Zilmax, after Tyson Foods and other large meat processors announced they would stop buying cattle treated with the drug, due to animal health concerns. Feedlot operators, who have long been adding Zilmax to feed to help cattle gain weight shortly before slaughter, are concerned and dismayed by the move, but some consumer advocates hope it is the start of a trend.
3M Food Safety announced on August 28 that its 3M Molecular Detection System has won a bronze Stevie® award in the 2013 International Business Awards. The system, awarded under the category of Best New Product or Service of the Year – Health & Pharmaceuticals, was recognized for being a simple, accurate and cost-effective pathogen detection solution that benefits food processors, universities, governments, and contract testing laboratories.
More central Ohioans who are heading out to eat at a restaurant, food truck, festival or fair — or to shop at a supermarket — can now go online to check the latest food-safety inspections. This month, the Delaware General Health District became the latest local public-health entity in the region to post its inspections on its website, joining health departments in Columbus and in Franklin and Union counties.
Thermo Scientific announced August 26 that its SureTect Listeria species Assay has received Performance Tested Methods status from the AOAC Research Institute. Food microbiology laboratories can now confidently test to a recognized standard for Listeria species.
The American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) today announced that it has forged material deposit agreements with more than 30 leading public and private institutions to facilitate the creation of a new Biomaterial Contributor Network (BCN).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that an individual in Texas was found to be infected with the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes that has sickened five other people in the Midwest over the past few months. All six individuals reported being hospitalized; one of them died and another, who was pregnant, miscarried as a result of her illness.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) will hold a series of webinars, set for Aug. 26, Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, to educate restaurateurs on how to accommodate diners with food allergies.
The Produce Marketing Association is offering new resources to help the global fresh produce industry understand the U.S. government's latest proposed rules to implement the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. Resources include English and Spanish summaries of FDA’s proposed rule for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors, plus bilingual, produce-specific webinars explaining the proposed rule.
Britain's National Pig Association (NPA) has issued a statement saying that the group "is worried that the foundations for the next food scandal are already being laid by some retailers as they edge away from the shorter supply chains they promised following Horsegate." NPA has noted a number of pork, bacon and gammon lines being switched back to imported product, because it is marginally cheaper.
On August 12, 2013 Taylor Farms de Mexico officially informed the FDA that, as of August 9, 2013, the company voluntarily suspended production and shipment of any salad mix, leafy green, or salad mix components from its operations in Mexico to the United States. The firm has committed to not resume production and shipping of these products from its operations in Mexico without FDA’s approval. To date only the salad mix has been implicated in the outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Iowa and Nebraska.
The owner of a meat trading company is to sue the factory at the centre of the horsemeat contamination scandal for defamation. Martin McAdam of McAdam Food Products claims the ABP Food group deliberately made defamatory allegations about him and his business.
In the wake of a recent lawsuit against a Salinas Valley grower alleging responsibility for an E. coli-related death, and an ongoing outbreak of sickness caused by a parasite found in bagged salad from a facility operated by a Taylor Farms subsidiary in Mexico, growers are under increasing pressure to extend animal buffer zones around their crops. That, say wildlife advocates, is unnecessary and is harming the environment.
New Zealand must implement interim food-safety measures to guarantee its exports are safe and contamination free, the opposition demanded on August 21 after news of another incident involving Fonterra.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 16 announced its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess the potential environmental effects of the proposed rule, “Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”
Food safety topped a recent list of public concerns in China, according to a report developed by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory of Jiao Tong University. The report showed that "illegal additives, poor hygiene, and unsafe materials in the manufacturing process [of food]," have caused more concern than anything else over the past year.
Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton has sided with the Center for Food Safety again; on August 13 she told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that there can be no more extensions of rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules should have been completed last July, but there have been delays at the Office of Management and Budget, and the FDA has extended comment periods several times.
General public concern about food safety has shown a marked increase over the past two years, according to a recent survey by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. In a poll conducted in mid-July, Technomic found that 40 percent of consumers were “extremely concerned” about food safety issues in restaurants.