The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued an update on proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), stating that it will extend both the comment period on the proposed rule on mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration and the accompanying draft qualitative risk assessment, and the comment period on the designation of high-risk foods for tracing.
Yesterday in the USDA Blog, a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offical posted a strong response to a recent New York Times article that claimed an inspector shortage at FSIS would "[raise] the possibility that contaminated products could reach consumers."
Nearly 70 House members on Monday urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to abandon plans to overhaul the nation’s poultry inspection system with a slate of new regulations.
An Alexandria, VA elementary school closed last Friday after more than 200 students and 30 staff members came down with gastroenteritis symptoms that local health officials said were likely caused by norovirus. The school was slated to reopen today.
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra pleaded guilty Thursday to four food safety violations related to a 2013 botulism scare.
PrimusLabs, a Santa Maria, CA-based provider of microbiological and pesticide residue testing services as well as auditing services, data management, and training and education to the fresh produce industry, announced Monday that it has begun using the Roka Bioscience Atlas System at its American microbiology laboratories.
Kenton, DE-based cheese manufacturer Roos Foods, Inc. has been shut down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after an investigation linked a multistate Listeria outbreak to the processor of Hispanic-style cheeses.
Researchers have found that children living in central and northern Wisconsin communities that don't disinfect their drinking water systems have a greater likelihood of contracting gastrointestinal illnesses than children who rely on other water systems.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it will hold a public meeting on April 4 in College Park, MD, to discuss the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed rule to establish standards for the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce for human consumption (“Produce Safety Proposed Rule”). FDA also said it is extending the public scoping period for the EIS to April 18.
Today in remarks at the National Farmers Union National Convention in Santa Fe, NM, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect small- and mid-sized farmers and ranchers with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resources that can help them build stronger businesses, expand to reach new and larger markets, and grow their operations. Several of those efforts are focused on enhancing food safety.
Silliker Food Science Center announced today that it now offers process authority services to support manufacturers of acidified foods.
A new study published In the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Food Production takes a look at the effects of temperature fluctuations during transit and in retail storage and display with respect to the growth of pathogens in bagged salads. In this case, the pathogens examined were E. coli 0157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes.
A slight cut in one and a tiny bump in the other might sum up President Obama’s proposed budgets for federal food safety, an area which doesn’t even ...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported dozens of new illnesses tied to salmonella contamination of fresh Foster Farms chicken, now putting the total number of affected persons at 481 and reopening the investigation.
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Roka Bioscience announced today that its Atlas STEC EG2 Combo Detection Assay for the detection of E. coli O157:H7 and other non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) has received AOAC Performance Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI).
Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States contain azodicarbonamide (ADA), a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.
The Government of Canada yesterday announced it is proposing to amend the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalities Regulations (AMPs Regulations) to expand Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, enacted in 1990. The proposed regulatory amendments will enable the issuance of monetary penalties for violation of these laws.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting tomorrow, Feb. 27, to provide information, receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 8th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF). The 8th Session of the CCCF will be held March 31 – April 4 in The Hague, Netherlands.
The largest American food safety update in 70 years will be complete by spring 2016 under the terms of a settlement announced Thursday between food safety advocates.