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Alvin and the Chipmunks to School Kids on Food Safety
October 16, 2015
Alvin and the Chipmunks to School Kids on Food Safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ad Council are teaming up with 20th Century FOX to launch a series of public service advertisements featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks--an American animated music group.

 

Mars and FAO Team Up to Improve Food Safety in Developing Countries
October 16, 2015
Mars and FAO Team Up to Improve Food Safety in Developing Countries

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Mars, Inc. have joined forces in a new partnership agreement to make food safer across the world, but particularly in developing countries.

 

Cornell Earns $7M for Food Processing Research
October 15, 2015
Cornell Earns $7M for Food Processing Research

Cornell University’s Food Venture Center in Geneva, NY has earned a $7 million state investment for research aimed at developing new techniques for food and beverage processing and production.

 

Tests Show California Produce Contains Legal Pesticide Levels
October 15, 2015
Tests Show California Produce Contains Legal Pesticide Levels

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) just released the 2014 Pesticide Residues in Fresh Produce report in which the organization declares that, based on testing, the vast majority of fruits and vegetables sold in the Golden State do meet federal pesticide safety standards.

Shipping of Corrugated Boxes Outpaces Traditional Wax Boxes
October 14, 2015
Shipping of Corrugated Boxes Outpaces Traditional Wax Boxes

New data from the Fibre Box Association (FBA) shows that more corrugated boxes are shipped with recyclable alternative coatings than those shipping using traditional wax coatings. This is a first since the corrugated industry’s recyclable protocol came about in 2005.

 

California's Ban of Antibiotic Use Sets Precedent
October 14, 2015
California's Ban of Antibiotic Use Sets Precedent

California has become the first state to ban the routine use of antibiotic drugs in farm animals.

Study Uncovers Likely Source of Listeria in Caramel Apples
October 13, 2015
Study Uncovers Likely Source of Listeria in Caramel Apples

In a study published this week, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Food Research Institute have concluded that caramel apples most likely become contaminated with Listeria from one source--the inserted dipping sticks upon which they stand.

Blue Bell Workers Say Production, Money Over Cleanliness at Texas Plant
October 13, 2015
Blue Bell Workers Say Production, Money Over Cleanliness at Texas Plant

In a televised CBS News report, former workers at Blue Bell Creameries are blowing the whistle on management, claiming that complaints about cleanliness and sanitation at the Brenham, TX plant went ignored before a Listeria outbreak earlier this year caused 10 illnesses and three deaths.

Study: High Levels of Arsenic in American Wines
October 12, 2015
Study: High Levels of Arsenic in American Wines

A study by researchers at the University of Washington found that most American wines have arsenic levels higher than what’s allowed in drinking water--a threshold set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

Insects as a Protein Source? EFSA Says It Depends
October 9, 2015
Insects as a Protein Source? EFSA Says It Depends

A risk assessment published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that the use of insects as a source of protein in human and animal food depends heavily on how the insects were reared and processed.

 

Maple Leaf Foods Will Require GFSI-Certified Suppliers in 2017
October 8, 2015
Maple Leaf Foods Will Require GFSI-Certified Suppliers in 2017

Maple Leaf Foods has announced that, beginning in 2017, the company will require all of its suppliers--protein, ingredients and packaging--to become food safety certified to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard.

 

 
Number of Victims Sickened by Tainted Cucumbers on the Rise
October 7, 2015
Number of Victims Sickened by Tainted Cucumbers on the Rise

Since an initial recall of Salmonella poona tainted cucumbers distributed by San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson (A&W) was first announced in early September, the multistate outbreak has continued to spread.

 

Penny Pinching Grocery Stores Not Helping UK’s Campylobacter Crisis
October 7, 2015
Penny Pinching Grocery Stores Not Helping UK’s Campylobacter Crisis

UK grocery stores are not doing all they can to help with Campylobacter contamination in chickens.

 

PCA Plant Managers Sentenced in Salmonella Outbreak Trial
October 1, 2015
PCA Plant Managers Sentenced in Salmonella Outbreak Trial

The two remaining co-defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) case were sentenced to jail time today in an Albany, GA federal court.
 

China’s Amended Food Safety Law Effective Oct. 1
October 1, 2015
China’s Amended Food Safety Law Effective Oct. 1

China has long been a hotbed where food safety scandals run rampant. As of today--October 1, 2015--the country is revising its Food Safety Law for the first time in 6 years.

A&W Donates to STOP Foodborne Illness After Massive Cucumber Recall
September 28, 2015
A&W Donates to STOP Foodborne Illness After Massive Cucumber Recall

Andrew and Williamson (A&W)--the company named in a recent major recall linked to Salmonella bacteria in cucumbers--is making a donation to STOP Foodborne Illness. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping those impacted by foodborne illness.

 

FIA and World Bank Join Forces for Food Safety Partnership
September 22, 2015
FIA and World Bank Join Forces for Food Safety Partnership

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has signed an agreement to ramp up food safety capacity building in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

28 Years in Prison for Georgia Peanut Executive
September 21, 2015
28 Years in Prison for Georgia Peanut Executive

A U.S. District judge in Albany, GA has sentenced 61-year-old Stewart Parnell to 28 years in prison for his role in shipping contaminated food that killed 9 people and sickened at least 700 others in 2008 and 2009, causing one of the largest foodborne outbreaks in U.S. history.

 

France OK’s BPA Food Contact Materials for Export Only
September 21, 2015
France OK’s BPA Food Contact Materials for Export Only

France’s national ban on the manufacture and export of food contact materials that contain bisphenol A (BPA) has been lifted. However, France still does not allow such products to be sold within their borders.

 

Mars Inc. to Open $15M Global Food Safety Center in China
September 18, 2015
Mars Inc. to Open $15M Global Food Safety Center in China

Mars, Inc. is opening the Global Food Safety Center (GFSC)--a pre-competitive research and training hub. The center is slated to open on September 24.

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