Researchers from the University of Notre Dame have discovered that plants may package commensal bacteria — bacteria that help the plants extract nutrients and defend against pathogen invasion — inside of seeds, thus ensuring that sprouting plants are colonized from the beginning.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Sept. 26 named Alfred V. Almanza to be deputy under secretary for food safety.
The United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) yesterday explained in detail how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent changes to four proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will likely affect the produce industry. Key changes were made in the areas of water testing, compost use, and the definition of "farm," among others.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 23 launched its 2014 Food Safety Challenge — a call to innovators from all disciplines to submit concepts that apply cutting-edge techniques to significantly improve the speed of detection methods for Salmonella in minimally processed fresh produce.
In this FDA Voice blog, officials Howard Sklamberg and Michael Taylor discuss FSMA and FDA's new orientation in light of last week's convictions in the trial of Peanut Corp. of America executive Stewart Parnell and his food broker brother, Michael Parnell.
MenuTrinfo, is working with higher learning institutions through its AllerTrain U™ certification and training course to better accommodate students with food allergies and celiac disease.
Tuskegee University's inaugural George Washington Carver Lecture Series, to be held Oct. 30, will feature an impressive list of speakers from government, academia, and food companies such as PepsiCo, Kellogg's, and ConAgra.
Romer Labs' new AgraStrip® Total Aflatoxin Quantitative WATEX test kit has successfully undergone verification of performance as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).
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..
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.