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October 17, 2013
FSIS Posts FAQ Page about Foster Farms' Salmonella Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Oct. 16 issued a notice that it had posted on its website a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page regarding the recent Salmonella outbreak that has been traced to raw chicken products from three Foster Farms processing plants in California.

October 24, 2013
Watchdog Group Blasts EFSA for Experts' Conflicts of Interest

Almost 60% of experts sitting on the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) panels have direct or indirect links with industries regulated by the agency, according to an independent screening performed by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and freelance journalist Stéphane Horel.

October 23, 2013
Jerky Treats Linked to Thousands of Pet Illnesses; FDA Solicits Consumer Input

A mysterious jerky treat-related illness that has killed more than 500 dogs and cats and sickened thousands more has prompted to U.S. Food and Drug Administration to request the help of pet owners. On Tuesday, the FDA asked pet owners and veterinarians to contact them if their dog or cat has become ill after eating jerky pet treats — packaged snacks made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit.

October 21, 2013
SDSU Opens Center for Agribusiness and Food Systems Management

South Dakota State University (SDSU) last Thursday announced the launch of its new Center for Agribusiness and Food Systems Management. An SDSU news release said the center will focus on nutrition, food safety, food processing and business management, and will draw on collaborative, interdisciplinary and intercollegiate partnerships to provide guidance and solutions to challenges facing the food and agriculture industries throughout the Northern Great Plains.

October 21, 2013
Australian Retail Consumers Value Food Safety over Other Store Attributes

Food safety at the supermarket is important to more Australian grocery buyers than proximity to home, good value, trading hours, or the quality and range of fresh fruits and vegetables, according to a recent study from Australian market research firm Roy Morgan.

October 18, 2013
FDA Releases Agenda for Oct. 22 Public Meeting on FSMA's FSVP

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday affirmed that its public meeting on proposed rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and the Accreditation of Third Party Auditors/Certification Bodies will be held as scheduled on October 22 and 23, 2013, in Long Beach, CA.

October 17, 2013
Agilent, Healex Join Forces on Remote Control Software for Large Labs

Agilent Technologies Inc. and Healex Systems Ltd. on Oct. 17 announced that Healex’s ChemLaunch remote instrument access and control software now operates with Agilent’s OpenLAB CDS ChemStation Edition chromatography data system software. ChemLaunch, in combination with OpenLAB CDS, provides an integrated software environment for large-scale, distributed analytical labs

October 16, 2013
Silliker Opens New Analytical Food Lab in Querétaro, Mexico

Silliker, a Mérieux NutriSciences company and a major international network of food safety services, announced the grand opening today of its new state-of-the-art analytical lab in Querétaro, Mexico.

October 14, 2013
GFSI Opens Stakeholder Consultation for IFS Packaging Security Scheme

On Friday, Oct. 11, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) officially launched its global stakeholder consultation for the International Featured Standards (IFS) PACsecure scheme. IFS PACsecure is a new packaging material safety and quality standard that applies to all forms of primary and secondary packaging materials.

October 4, 2013
LGMA: Despite Government Shutdown, Inspection Continues for Leafy Greens

In an Oct. 2 blog post, LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall assured the public that "government food safety audits on leafy greens farms continue uninterrupted," noting that LGMA auditors are not direct employees of the federal government. While LGMA auditors are certified and licensed by the USDA, they are overseen by the California Department of Agriculture and the audit program is fully funded by the leafy greens community through mandatory government assessments.

October 8, 2013
GFSI Adds Storage, Distribution Reqs to Scope of Guidance Document

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has reissued its Guidance Document Sixth Edition under version 6.3 to include key requirements related to the storage and distribution sector. As a result, food safety management schemes that cover the storage and distribution scope can now come forward to GFSI for recognition through its benchmarking process.

October 11, 2013
Foster Farms, FSIS Reach Agreement to Keep California Plants Open

Late yesterday (Oct. 10), beleaguered poultry processor Foster Farms announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reviewed the company's safety plan for its three California facilities in Livingston and Fresno, and had agreed to allow the plants to continue operating. This follows Foster Farms' implementation of several new food safety controls over the last two months and the company's commitment to install added processes during an enhanced inspection period over the next 90 days, according to a company statement.

October 10, 2013
USDA Threatens to Shut Down Three Foster Farms Chicken Plants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is threatening to close three California poultry plants operated by Foster Farms blamed for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened at least 278 people nationwide.

October 10, 2013
AOAC Gives PTM Approval for BioControl 8-Hour Salmonella Test

BioControl Systems, Inc. has received AOAC-PTM Certification (#050602) for its Assurance GDS® Salmonella Tq mEHEC method from the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods Program.The new eight-hour mEHEC enrichment protocol allows customers to obtain results in select matrices in just 10 hours, including sample processing.

October 9, 2013
Sample6 Secures Financing to Support Commercialization of Food Safety Products

Sample6, a Boston-based company focused on applying biotechnology to advance food safety, announced today that it has secured a $11 million Series B financing round led by Canaan Partners. The funds will be used to commercialize Sample6's first products, Sample6 DETECT/L and Sample6 CONTROL, which are designed to enable in-plant, in-shift pathogen detection in food processing environments.

October 8, 2013
AOAC Certifies DuPont's BAX System to Detect Pathogenic E. coli

The DuPont BAX® System has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute as a Performance Tested Method (PTM) for detecting Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) in beef trim and ground beef.

October 8, 2013
Salmonella Outbreak in 18 States Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that illness caused by strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.

October 1, 2013
PMA Provides Public Comments on FSMA Proposed Import Rules

Speaking in front of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of Produce Marketing Association (PMA) members, Drs. Bob Whitaker and Jim Gorny commented on the accreditation of third-party auditors and foreign supplier verification programs proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

October 8, 2013
IEH Laboratories Becomes Sustaining Partner of Meat Science Association

IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group has joined more than 25 other companies and institutions as a Sustaining Partner of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA). AMSA relies on support from partners to maintain its ability to offer community and professional development programs and opportunities for individuals in the field of meat science.

October 4, 2013
Food Safety, FDA Hit Hard Under Government Shutdown

It’s Day 4 of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which resulted from Congress’ failure to enact the annual appropriations needed to keep the government in business. Food Safety Magazine spoke with Edgar Asebey-Birkholm, partner-in-charge of the FDA Practice Group at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, to get a big-picture perspective on how the shutdown will likely affect food safety.

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