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$1.1 Billion Spending Bill to Pay for 2016 Food Safety Initiatives
December 17, 2015
$1.1 Billion Spending Bill to Pay for 2016 Food Safety Initiatives

This week, the House of Representatives made public a spending bill that will fund the federal government until the end of September 2016, which marks the end of the fiscal year. Included in the $1.1 billion bill are plans to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

USDA Beefing Up Traceback Procedures for Ground Meat Producers
December 14, 2015
USDA Beefing Up Traceback Procedures for Ground Meat Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has come up with a better way to determine the source of foodborne outbreaks linked to ground beef. If the new plan works, these efforts will stop outbreaks sooner than ever before.

 

FSIS Updates Best Practices for Minimizing Salmonella, Campylobacter
December 11, 2015
FSIS Updates Best Practices for Minimizing Salmonella, Campylobacter

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) published revised guidelines aimed at assisting poultry processors with controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw food products and preventing foodborne illness.

 

EFSA’s New Database Targets Scientists, Stakeholders and General Public
December 10, 2015
EFSA’s New Database Targets Scientists, Stakeholders and General Public

This week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced a new online warehouse in which data on chemical contaminants and food consumption is available to the public.

Chipotle’s Food Safety Woes Sicken Boston College Students
December 9, 2015
Chipotle’s Food Safety Woes Sicken Boston College Students

Just as things had started to die down after a foodborne outbreak closed 43 Chipotle Mexican Grill locations on the West Coast, a new outbreak seems to have developed on the East Coast.

Fresh Produce Causes the Most Foodborne Outbreaks, Followed by Seafood
December 8, 2015
Fresh Produce Causes the Most Foodborne Outbreaks, Followed by Seafood

A study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has found that fresh produce items cause more foodborne illnesses than any other food category.

FSMA Listening Sessions Coming to California in January
December 4, 2015
FSMA Listening Sessions Coming to California in January

This week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced plans to host informational sessions on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules for Produce Safety and Prevention Controls for Animal Food.

Chipotle Releases Enhanced Food Safety Program
December 4, 2015
Chipotle Releases Enhanced Food Safety Program

Today, Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill released details of what the chain is calling its “enhanced food safety program” that “ will establish Chipotle at the forefront of food safety protocols in the restaurant industry.”

 

Poll: Consumers Really Want GMO Labels
December 3, 2015
Poll: Consumers Really Want GMO Labels

A poll conducted by research firm The Mellman Group last month confirms that consumers want to know what’s in their food.

WHO Say Children and Low-Income Regions Most Affected by Foodborne Disease
December 3, 2015
WHO Say Children and Low-Income Regions Most Affected by Foodborne Disease

Findings announced today by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that nearly 30 percent of all deaths from foodborne illness are in children under the age of 5, despite the fact that they make up on 9 percent of the world’s population.

 

Climate Change Threatens Global Food Security, Says USDA
December 2, 2015
Climate Change Threatens Global Food Security, Says USDA

A major scientific assessment released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicates that climate change will likely have a negative effect on global food security.

Study Measures How Much Restaurant Management Knows About Food Allergens
December 1, 2015
Study Measures How Much Restaurant Management Knows About Food Allergens

Last month, the Journal of Foodservice Business Research published a study indicating that restaurant managerial staffers have a lot to learn when it comes to food allergies--even those who have gone through training.

ISU and ScanTech Collaborate to Improve Produce Shelf Life
November 30, 2015
ISU and ScanTech Collaborate to Improve Produce Shelf Life

Idaho State University’s (ISU) Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering (RISE) facility has teamed up with Atlanta-based ScanTech Inc. to develop a new, chemical-free treatment process for produce and meat.

 

New Rules Announced for Catfish Inspections
November 28, 2015
New Rules Announced for Catfish Inspections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a final rule establishing an inspection program for Siluriformes fish, including catfish.

 

FDA Shares Blueprint for Prevention-Based Microbiological Surveillance Sampling Program
November 23, 2015
FDA Shares Blueprint for Prevention-Based Microbiological Surveillance Sampling Program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a new web resource that shares information about the agency’s sampling programs for food safety.

FSA: Campylobacter in UK Chickens on the Decline
November 19, 2015
FSA: Campylobacter in UK Chickens on the Decline

After conducting a second year of Campylobacter testing on fresh store-bought chickens, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has just published its latest findings.

 

Progress Report: Congressional Work on Food Policy Falls Short
November 18, 2015
Progress Report: Congressional Work on Food Policy Falls Short

According to Food Policy Action--a nonprofit group--Congress has fallen short in terms of food and farming policy as outlined in the group’s 2015 congressional Progress Report.

New FSIS Guidelines to Reduce Allergen-Related Food Recalls
November 16, 2015
New FSIS Guidelines to Reduce Allergen-Related Food Recalls

The  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released new guidelines to assist meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers in properly managing ingredients that could trigger adverse reactions among consumers with allergies or other sensitivities.

Three More FSMA Rules Finalized by FDA
November 13, 2015
Three More FSMA Rules Finalized by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized three more rules in relation to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

New Report Challenges Food Safety and Animal Health Standards in TPP Trade Agreement
November 13, 2015
New Report Challenges Food Safety and Animal Health Standards in TPP Trade Agreement

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released an analysis of  Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, which deals with the regulatory standards intended to protect food safety and animal health.

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