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September 22, 2014
Guilty Verdicts for Defendants in Peanut Corp. of America Trial

More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday and faces decades of prison time in a rare food-poisoning trial..

September 19, 2014
UK's FSA Issues 2013-14 Science Report, Food and You Survey Results

Earlier this week, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) published its Annual Science Report, as well as a report titled, "Eating Safe and Well," which analyzes the results of the FSA's biennial Food and You survey of public attitudes and behaviors toward food and nutrition.

September 19, 2014
FDA Announces Changes to Four FSMA Proposed Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today put forth changes to four rules proposed in 2013 to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act: Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

September 18, 2014
Early Registration Extended for OSU Nonthermal Processing Workshop, Short Course

The Ohio State University (OSU) has extended early-bird registration until Monday, Sept. 22 for its 2014 International Nonthermal Processing Short Course and Workshop, to be held Oct. 21-24 on the OSU campus in Columbus, OH.

September 18, 2014
Peanut Corp. of America Trial to Conclude Today

The jury is expected to render a verdict today in the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and his brother Michael, a food broker. The Parnells are charged with knowingly shipping contaminated peanut butter to customers and faking lab tests intended to screen for salmonella.

September 17, 2014
NSF Experts Say Elliott Report Key to Safeguarding UK Food Safety

NSF International food safety experts say the challenge will be effective implementation of Elliott Review's recommendations, as food fraud is a global issue that will require international cooperation and action.

September 17, 2014
GMA, Chinese Food Industry Group to Partner on Food Safety

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Chinese National Food Industry Association (CNFIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to intensify their joint food safety efforts in China and the United States.

September 17, 2014
FDA, NASDA Ink Agreement to Implement Produce Safety Rule

The U.S. FDA yesterday announced a new cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture that will provide funding and support necessary to determine the current foundation of state law and the resources needed by states to implement the produce safety rule, and will develop a timeline for successful implementation once the rule is finalized.

September 15, 2014
FDA's Taylor Stresses Industry / Government Cooperation to Enforce FSMA

U.S. Food and Drug Association Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor on Sept. 10 told produce professionals that focusing on outcomes, rather than gathering evidence of violations, is part of FDA's new operational mandate for advancing food safety.

September 15, 2014
FSIS Extends Comment Period on Rules for Establishments that Grind Raw Beef

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Sept. 12 announced it is extending the comment period on a proposed rule regarding recordkeeping by all official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products.

September 15, 2014
To Chill or Not to Chill? No Global Consensus on Egg Safety

The practice of washing and refrigerating eggs to enhance microbiological safety, although common in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, is not used in many other countries around the world. This report examines differences in egg safety practices among various nations.

September 9, 2014
Global Food Traceability Center Debuts Seafood Traceability Tool

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) yesterday announced the launch of a Seafood Traceability Financial Tool to help organizations in the seafood industry understand the costs and benefits of implementing traceability.

September 8, 2014
Silliker Implements Ridascreen Gliadin to Test Food for Gluten

Silliker, a Merieux NutriSciences Company, last week announced it has expanded its repertoire of food allergen testing services by implementing the RIDASCREEN® R5 Gliadin test kit for gluten analysis in food.

September 5, 2014
Agencies, Food Firms Welcome National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month, and a number of federal and local government agencies, as well as food companies and food industry associations have launched educational campaigns.

September 4, 2014
Bio-Rad Hosts Lunch and Learn at Arkansas Food Safety Conference

Bio-Rad Laboratories has announced it will host a Lunch and Learn next Friday, Sept. 12, during the Annual Educational Conference of the Arkansas Association for Food Protection and the American Society for Microbiology.

September 4, 2014
Perdue Foods Ends Use of Antibiotics in Chicken Hatcheries

Perdue Foods yesterday announced that it has removed all antibiotics from its chicken hatcheries, an initiative that has taken five years to implement fully.

September 3, 2014
Canada Takes Steps to Modernize Its Food Safety System

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently proposed a number of regulations to modernize and strengthen its food safety program.

August 29, 2014
Grocery Manufacturers Tout Initiative to Boost Transparency of Chemicals in Food

In a bid to beat regulators to the punch, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents America’s largest food companies, on Aug. 27 announced a major initiative that will give the Food and Drug Administration access to a large database of safety information for chemicals commonly used in processed foods.

August 29, 2014
FDA to Strengthen Evaluation of Chemicals in Food and Feed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Aug. 28 announced that it is taking steps to strengthen its program to assess the safety of chemicals in foods and other products.

August 29, 2014
Russia's Food Safety Agency Closes More McDonald's Units

McDonald's Corp. said today that a total of 12 of its stores in Russia have been temporarily closed over the state food safety regulator's allegations of sanitary violations.

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