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USDA's Ronholm Says FSIS Will Begin Testing Ground Beef for Salmonella
May 16, 2014
USDA's Ronholm Says FSIS Will Begin Testing Ground Beef for Salmonella

In today's USDA Blog, Brian Ronholm, acting under secretary for food safety, announced that this summer, FSIS will begin new testing of ground beef to improve safeguards against Salmonella.

NCSU Scientists Try New Tack to Treat Peanut and Other Food Allergies
May 16, 2014
NCSU Scientists Try New Tack to Treat Peanut and Other Food Allergies

To fight peanut allergies, scientists at North Carolina State University are developing a new kind of flour that could help allergy sufferers tolerate offending foods.

Industry Seeks More Time to Comment on Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Food
May 16, 2014
Industry Seeks More Time to Comment on Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Food

The United Fresh Produce Association and 21 other organizations have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to extend the comment period for 90 days – to Aug. 29, 2014 – for the proposed rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.

UK FSA Seeks Comments about Proposed Guidance on Allergen Labeling
May 15, 2014
UK FSA Seeks Comments about Proposed Guidance on Allergen Labeling

The UK's Food Standards Agency is seeking views on draft technical guidance primarily aimed at food businesses that are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The guidance gives SMEs information about changes in European Union food allergen labeling for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.

EFSA Launches Project to Assess Safety of Food Enzymes
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.

U.S. and EU Report on Joint Progress Against Antimicrobial Resistance
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."

Grocery Manufacturers Aim to Overturn Vermont's GMO Labeling Law
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.

Available Online: Interagency Webinar on Attribution of Foodborne Illness
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.

Colorado Marijuana Vendors Find They Too Must Meet Food Safety Standards
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.

Researchers Aim to Reduce Pathogen Loads on Poultry Carcasses
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.

FDA Passes Oversight Responsibilities for Siluriformes Fish to FSIS
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.

Peanut Corporation of America Plant Manager Pleads Guilty
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.

UK Scientists Find Glucose Fuels Salmonella's Attack on Human Gut
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.

ISO Solicits Comments on ISO 22000 Global Food Safety Standard
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.

FDA Issues Fourth Annual Reportable Food Registry
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.

Phone App Aims to Combat Counterfeiting of Australian Wine, Food Exported to China
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.

New York Cheese Producer Faces Consent Decree for Listeria Contamination
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.

FSIS, APHIS Agree to Partner on Foodborne Illness Investigations
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.

Antimicrobial Edible Films Inhibit Pathogens in Meat, Say Penn State Scientists
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.

FDA Releases Operational Strategy for Implementing FSMA
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.

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