In today's FDA Voice blog post, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials Michael Taylor and Howard Sklamberg discussed how the Agency is "reinventing" itself in conjunction with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and unveiled the Operational Strategy for Implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
The University of Liverpool (England) is leading a £2 million Food Standards Agency (FSA) project to map the occurrence of norovirus in food premises and industry workers.
"Antimicrobial Resistance & Advanced Molecular Detection" is a key subject on the agenda at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference this week in Atlanta. Tomorrow's program features "Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Linked to Foster Farms Brand Chicken," a presentation by researcher Jolene H. Nakao et al.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began a pilot of the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set, which will allow a harmonized set of entry data that FSIS will collect electronically.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced that 35 research projects have been selected for funding totaling nearly $24 million to improve food safety by helping control microbial and chemical contamination in various foods.
Approximately 45% of the fruit and vegetables produced worldwide are not consumed but lost, due not only to bad weather during growing or delayed harvesting, but also storage and transport challenges, especially in developing countries.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. Among those breakthroughs are antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling and flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday published a guidance document to aid retail delicatessens in controlling Listeria monocytogenes. The agency is soliciting public comments on the guidance through June 20, 2014.
The social networking platform Twitter has announced the winners of its inaugural data grants program, which will give selected research institutions access to the entire history of tweets related to their research topics. One of the six institutions, Harvard Medical School (in conjunction with Boston Children's Hospital), plans to use the Twitter data to study foodborne illness.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released its 2013 Food Safety Progress Report, which shows that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States.
American Meat Institute (AMI) General Members yesterday voted unanimously to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association (NAMA), slated to occur Jan. 1, 2015.
During a Jan. 14 event held at USDA headquarters and called "Safety Datapalooza," FSIS officials announced that several years worth of data on Salmonella and Campylobacter is now available to industry and the public via Data.gov.
Today an alliance of food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators published a toolkit to help businesses in the food sector reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill.
Green Bay, WI-based Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd. today announced that it is expanding its laboratory testing services by adding a location in Clovis, NM.
Scientists at Purdue University have just published research in the Journal of Animal Science explaining how they used a three-phage cocktail to reduce E. coli O157:H7 in experimentally contaminated ground beef and spinach.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday released the latest revision of Directive 7120.1, "Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in The Production of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products."
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today confirmed details of a new round of tests of beef products for horse meat contamination. The tests have been requested by the European Commission as part of the follow-up to last year’s horse meat incident where a number of beef products sold across Europe were found to have been deliberately adulterated with horse meat.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to finalize a proposed rule by the end of the year that seeks to create a new speedier inspection system at poultry slaughter plants, according to Brian Ronholm, USDA's acting undersecretary for food safety.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today released an update on an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A that began over a year ago. More than 1,300 hepatitis A cases have been reported in 11 Member States since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to the ongoing outbreak.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is amending its current food additive regulations to allow the safe use of ionizing radiation on crustaceans (e.g., crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and prawns) to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life.