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UK's FSA Revises Guidance on Controlling E. coli O157 Cross-Contamination
July 14, 2014
UK's FSA Revises Guidance on Controlling E. coli O157 Cross-Contamination

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced last week that it has revised and updated its guidance on E. coli O157 control of cross-contamination, taking into account the results from independent research into the effectiveness of disinfecting complex equipment, as well as the views of industry and local authority stakeholders.

As Ongoing Outbreaks Make Headlines, CDC Trumpets Antibiotic Resistance Data
July 14, 2014
As Ongoing Outbreaks Make Headlines, CDC Trumpets Antibiotic Resistance Data

One week after its initial release of data from 2012 showing that antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens is an ongoing public health threat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 10 issued a "Special Edition" newsletter promoting its report and touting what federal agencies are doing to improve food safety.

Researchers Find Cloths Transfer Salmonella during Tomato Harvesting
July 10, 2014
Researchers Find Cloths Transfer Salmonella during Tomato Harvesting

A new study by researchers at the University of Florida confirms that cloths used in harvesting of tomatoes shouldn’t be reused, as they can transfer Salmonella bacteria from one tomato to many others.

QC Laboratories Adopts Bio-Rad’s Food Pathogen Detection Solution
July 10, 2014
QC Laboratories Adopts Bio-Rad’s Food Pathogen Detection Solution

Bio-Rad Laboratories announced July 8 that QC Laboratories, an independent food testing laboratory, has selected Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Prep Automation Solution for detecting foodborne pathogens.

Congresswomen DeLauro, Slaughter Call for Shutdown of All Foster Farms Plants
July 7, 2014
Congresswomen DeLauro, Slaughter Call for Shutdown of All Foster Farms Plants

Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) today issued a call for all Foster Farms poultry processing facilities to be shuttered until a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 600 people in 29 states is stopped. The Representatives also introduced legislation that would strengthen the ability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to recall meat, poultry, and egg products by clarifying the term "adulterated."

Foster Farms Recalls Chicken as 16-Month Salmonella Outbreak Continues
July 7, 2014
Foster Farms Recalls Chicken as 16-Month Salmonella Outbreak Continues

The USDA and California-based poultry processor Foster Farms announced July 3 that the company is recalling some of the raw chicken products linked to a 16-month-long outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections that has sickened more than 600 consumers in 27 states and Puerto Rico.

CDC: Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens Remains Public Health Threat
July 3, 2014
CDC: Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens Remains Public Health Threat

An analysis of foodborne illness data from 2012,  published July 1 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens remains a serious public health threat.

Mérieux NutriSciences Extends Reach by Acquiring Italy's TQF
July 1, 2014
Mérieux NutriSciences Extends Reach by Acquiring Italy's TQF

Chicago-based Mérieux NutriSciences Corp. today announced it has acquired Total Quality Food Consultants, thereby expanding its global portfolio of regulatory, scientific and marketing services to the food and non-food industries.

Aussie Researchers Find MLVA Helps Trace Foodborne Pathogens to Source
July 1, 2014
Aussie Researchers Find MLVA Helps Trace Foodborne Pathogens to Source

Research from the University of Melbourne, Australia, suggests that a test called multi-locus variable number tandem repeats variable analysis (MLVA) could make it easier for public health investigators to determine if a case of food poisoning is an isolated incident or part of a larger outbreak.

UK FSA Study Details Food Poisoning Cases, Targets Campylobacter
June 27, 2014
UK FSA Study Details Food Poisoning Cases, Targets Campylobacter

New research published June 26 by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) provides a highly detailed picture of how many people suffer from food poisoning in the UK every year and how much food poisoning can be attributed to different foods.

PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Examines FSMA Compliance Issues
June 26, 2014
PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Examines FSMA Compliance Issues

Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent study from PMMI. The report details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.

UK FSA Seeks More Input on Guidance for Allergen Labeling Rules
June 26, 2014
UK FSA Seeks More Input on Guidance for Allergen Labeling Rules

The UK's Food Standards Agency is soliciting industry input on draft technical guidance geared to small and medium sized food businesses to help them meet upcoming EU regulations on food allergen labelling for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.

FDA Guide Aims to Help Small Businesses Comply with Gluten-Free Labeling Reqs
June 25, 2014
FDA Guide Aims to Help Small Businesses Comply with Gluten-Free Labeling Reqs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guide for small food businesses to help them comply with new federal requirements for the voluntary use of the term "gluten-free" on food products.

CDC Says E. coli Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef Is Over
June 23, 2014
CDC Says E. coli Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef Is Over

Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Final Update regarding a four-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7). In total, 12 cases were reported; 58% of those people were hospitalized, but none of them died, nor did anyone develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

New Book Provides Comprehensive Approach to Food Safety Management
June 23, 2014
New Book Provides Comprehensive Approach to Food Safety Management

Food Safety Management: A Practical Guide for the Food Industry, a new book by Yasmine Motarjemi, presents an integrated, practical approach to the management of food safety throughout the production chain.

FDA Reopens Comment Period on Reportable Food Registry Proposed Rule
June 20, 2014
FDA Reopens Comment Period on Reportable Food Registry Proposed Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday reopened the comment period for an additional 60 days on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Amendments to the Reportable Food Registry (RFR) Provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”

FSIS Notice Details Beef Testing for Both Salmonella and E. coli
June 19, 2014
FSIS Notice Details Beef Testing for Both Salmonella and E. coli

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday issued "Notice 28-14 - Analysis for Salmonella of All Beef Products Sampled for Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (STEC)." To be implemented starting June 29, the notice provides instructions for inspection personnel regarding sampling and analysis of raw ground beef for Salmonella and E. coli.

UK Food Standards Agency Kicks Off Anti-Campylobacter Campaign
June 18, 2014
UK Food Standards Agency Kicks Off Anti-Campylobacter Campaign

UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an aggressive campaign to engage the public in preventing Campylobacter infections by stopping the common practice of washing chicken before cooking it.

Wal-Mart China Triples Food Safety Spending to $48 Million
June 18, 2014
Wal-Mart China Triples Food Safety Spending to $48 Million

Wal-Mart Stores said on Tuesday that it will increase its spending on food safety in China to 300 million yuan ($48.32 million) in 2013, 2014 and 2015, up from a previously announced 100 million yuan in the same period.

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts Sickens 17
June 17, 2014
E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts Sickens 17

Seventeen people in five states have been sickened by Escherichia coli after eating clover sprouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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