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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.

University of Liverpool to Map Norovirus Prevalence in Food Outlets
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.

CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference Dissects Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak
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.

FSIS Launches International Trade Data System Pilot
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.

USDA-NIFA Awards $24 Million in Food Safety Research Grants
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.

SAVE FOOD Promotes Storage, Transportation Solutions to Reduce Produce Spoilage
April 24, 2014
SAVE FOOD Promotes Storage, Transportation Solutions to Reduce Produce Spoilage

Approximately 45% of the fruit and vegetables produced worldwide are not consumed but lost, due not only to bad weather  during growing or delayed harvesting, but also storage and transport challenges, especially in developing countries.

Ag Secretary Touts Recent USDA Innovations, Including Fruit Spoilage Prevention Packet
April 23, 2014
Ag Secretary Touts Recent USDA Innovations, Including Fruit Spoilage Prevention Packet

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. Among those breakthroughs are antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling and flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain.

FSIS Issues Guidance on Controlling Listeria in Retail Delis
April 22, 2014
FSIS Issues Guidance on Controlling Listeria in Retail Delis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday published a guidance document to aid retail delicatessens in controlling Listeria monocytogenes. The agency is soliciting public comments on the guidance through June 20, 2014.

Twitter Grant Winners Include Harvard Foodborne Illness Researchers
April 18, 2014
Twitter Grant Winners Include Harvard Foodborne Illness Researchers

The social networking platform Twitter has announced the winners of its inaugural data grants program, which will give selected research institutions access to the entire history of tweets related to their research topics. One of the six institutions, Harvard Medical School (in conjunction with Boston Children's Hospital), plans to use the Twitter data to study foodborne illness.

CDC's 2013 Food Safety Progress Report Shows... Not So Much Progress
April 17, 2014
CDC's 2013 Food Safety Progress Report Shows... Not So Much Progress

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released its 2013 Food Safety Progress Report, which shows that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States.

AMI Members Agree to Merge with NAMA Next January
April 17, 2014
AMI Members Agree to Merge with NAMA Next January

American Meat Institute (AMI) General Members yesterday voted unanimously to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association (NAMA), slated to occur Jan. 1, 2015.

'Safety Datapalooza' Boosts Usability of FSIS Salmonella Data
April 16, 2014
'Safety Datapalooza' Boosts Usability of FSIS Salmonella Data

During a Jan. 14 event held at USDA headquarters and called "Safety Datapalooza," FSIS officials announced that several years worth of data on Salmonella and Campylobacter is now available to industry and the public via Data.gov.

Food Industry Alliance Releases Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste
April 16, 2014
Food Industry Alliance Releases Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste

Today an alliance of food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators published a toolkit to help businesses in the food sector reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill.

Cherney Extends Laboratory Testing Services into the Southwest
April 16, 2014
Cherney Extends Laboratory Testing Services into the Southwest

Green Bay, WI-based Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd. today announced that it is expanding its laboratory testing services by adding a location in Clovis, NM.

Purdue Researchers Use Phages to Reduce E. coli in Beef, Spinach
April 15, 2014
Purdue Researchers Use Phages to Reduce E. coli in Beef, Spinach

Scientists at Purdue University have just published research in the Journal of Animal Science explaining how they used a three-phage cocktail to reduce E. coli O157:H7 in experimentally contaminated ground beef and spinach.

FSIS Issues Updated Directive on Safe and Suitable Ingredients
April 15, 2014
FSIS Issues Updated Directive on Safe and Suitable Ingredients

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday released the latest revision of Directive 7120.1, "Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in The Production of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products."

FSA Announces New Round of Tests to Check Beef for Horse Meat
April 14, 2014
FSA Announces New Round of Tests to Check Beef for Horse Meat

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today confirmed details of a new round of tests of beef products for horse meat contamination. The tests have been requested by the European Commission as part of the follow-up to last year’s horse meat incident where a number of beef products sold across Europe were found to have been deliberately adulterated with horse meat.

USDA Moving Forward on Plans to Increase Poultry Inspection Line Speeds
April 14, 2014
USDA Moving Forward on Plans to Increase Poultry Inspection Line Speeds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to finalize a proposed rule by the end of the year that seeks to create a new speedier inspection system at poultry slaughter plants, according to Brian Ronholm, USDA's acting undersecretary for food safety.

European Health Agencies Still Seeking Source of Multinational Hepatitis A Outbreak
April 11, 2014
European Health Agencies Still Seeking Source of Multinational Hepatitis A Outbreak

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today released an update on an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A that began over a year ago. More than 1,300 hepatitis A cases have been reported in 11 Member States since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to the ongoing outbreak.

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