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May 14, 2014
EFSA Launches Project to Assess Safety of Food Enzymes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today announced that it has completed the first safety assessment of a food enzyme as part of a plan by European Union decision-makers to set up an authorized list of these substances.

May 13, 2014
U.S. and EU Report on Joint Progress Against Antimicrobial Resistance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the European Commission today released the first progress report of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR). The report touts the organization's successes and "renews the commitment of U.S. and European Union (EU) health authorities to pursue specific goals in their joint battle against antimicrobial resistance, a complex, dynamic and multi-faceted concern not bound by borders."

May 13, 2014
Grocery Manufacturers Aim to Overturn Vermont's GMO Labeling Law

Following Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's signing of a law requiring mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on May 8, the Grocery Manufacturers Association immediately declared that it will fight the law in court.

May 13, 2014
Available Online: Interagency Webinar on Attribution of Foodborne Illness

The FSIS, FDA and CDC have posted a recording of their most recent webinar, which detailed progress toward attributing foodborne illnesses to food sources.

May 12, 2014
Colorado Marijuana Vendors Find They Too Must Meet Food Safety Standards

Unannounced food safety inspections of businesses that manufacture and sell marijuana edibles in Denver have found code violations that have led to three product recalls and the destruction of tens of thousands of dollars' worth of products.

May 12, 2014
Researchers Aim to Reduce Pathogen Loads on Poultry Carcasses

In studies of poultry inoculated with S. Enteriditis and C. jejuni, researchers at Purdue and Auburn Universities have sought to identify both an ideal rinse volume and a ideal sampling method to reduce pathogen counts.

May 9, 2014
FDA Passes Oversight Responsibilities for Siluriformes Fish to FSIS

FDA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have established a Memorandum of Understanding to help transfer primary regulatory oversight over Siluriformes fish and fish products — including commercial catfish, basa, pangasius, and swai/tra — from FDA to FSIS.

May 9, 2014
Peanut Corporation of America Plant Manager Pleads Guilty

The former manager of a peanut processing plant in Georgia that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven criminal counts, including fraud.

May 8, 2014
UK Scientists Find Glucose Fuels Salmonella's Attack on Human Gut

UK researchers studying Salmonella Typhimurium have found that the bacteria strain uses glucose as its energy source when it invades the epithelial cells that line the human gut. They also learned that disrupting a key enzyme during glycolysis severely reduced S. Typhimurium's ability to reproduce in epithelial cells.

May 6, 2014
ISO Solicits Comments on ISO 22000 Global Food Safety Standard

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization, based in Geneva, Switzerland) today invited stakeholders involved in the food chain who use, implement, or make reference to ISO 22000 — the International Standard on food safety management systems — to submit comments and feedback on the standard.

May 5, 2014
FDA Issues Fourth Annual Reportable Food Registry

The FDA today made available the 4th Annual Reportable Food Registry (RFR) Report, which summarizes the Registry’s fourth year of operation (Sept. 8, 2012 – Sept. 7, 2013). The report found that the RFR logged in 1269 reports, underscoring RFR's importance in tracking patterns of food adulteration and helping to remove dangerous products from the marketplace.

May 5, 2014
Phone App Aims to Combat Counterfeiting of Australian Wine, Food Exported to China

In an effort to shore up the authenticity of Australian exports to China, former Boomers basketball player Andrew Vlahov and his business partner Grant Shaw have teamed up with Chinese IT company Invengo and consultants Deloitte to develop an app that detects authentic labels on wine and other goods.

May 5, 2014
New York Cheese Producer Faces Consent Decree for Listeria Contamination

A Trumansburg, NY cheese producer has been hit with a consent decree by a U.S. District Court due to Listeria contamination of its processing facility and its product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).announced last week.

May 5, 2014
FSIS, APHIS Agree to Partner on Foodborne Illness Investigations

Two agencies under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) umbrella, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), announced May 2 that they have signed an agreement to . provide a more comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards potentially associated with meat and poultry products.

May 5, 2014
Antimicrobial Edible Films Inhibit Pathogens in Meat, Say Penn State Scientists

Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences.

May 2, 2014
FDA Releases Operational Strategy for Implementing FSMA

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.

April 29, 2014
University of Liverpool to Map Norovirus Prevalence in Food Outlets

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.

April 28, 2014
CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference Dissects Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

"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.

April 28, 2014
FSIS Launches International Trade Data System Pilot

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.

April 24, 2014
USDA-NIFA Awards $24 Million in Food Safety Research Grants

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.

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