Food Safety Magazine


August 14, 2013
2011 Food Safety Issue Comes Back to Haunt Herbalife

The attorney general of New York State has subpoenaed a former Herbalife employee to produce internal documents about a 2011 food safety problem —  fine shards of metal were detected in the company's Formula 1 nutrition shake as it left the production line at a California processing plant.

August 15, 2013
New Report Analyzes Growth Prospects for Global Food Safety Testing Market

Now available from is the new market research report, "Global Food Safety Testing Market Analysis," published by the Indian firm RNCOS. The report concludes that regulatory amendments and technological developments bode well for prodigious growth in the market.

August 16, 2013
FSIS Issues Directive Regarding Foreign Audits of U.S. Inspection System

FSIS on August 15 published Directive 9000.8, Audits of the U.S. Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection System by Officials of Foreign Countries. The document provides instructions to FSIS personnel for planning, organizing, and working with officials of foreign countries when they audit the U.S. inspection system for meat, poultry, or egg products establishments.

August 16, 2013
Survey Says: Consumer Concern Over Food Safety Rising

General public concern about food safety has shown a marked increase over the past two years, according to a recent survey by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. In a poll conducted in mid-July, Technomic found that 40 percent of consumers were “extremely concerned” about food safety issues in restaurants.

August 19, 2013
Judge Issues Injunction to Block FDA from Extending FSMA Deadlines Again

Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton has sided with the Center for Food Safety again; on August 13 she told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that there can be no more extensions of rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules should have been completed last July, but there have been delays at the Office of Management and Budget, and the FDA has extended comment periods several times.

August 20, 2013
Fallout from UK Horsemeat Scandal Prompts Meat Trader to Sue ABP

The owner of a meat trading company is to sue the factory at the centre of the horsemeat contamination scandal for defamation. Martin McAdam of McAdam Food Products claims the ABP Food group deliberately made defamatory allegations about him and his business.

August 21, 2013
FDA to Study, Report on Environmental Impact of Proposed Produce Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 16 announced its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess the potential environmental effects of the proposed rule, “Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”

August 21, 2013
Chinese Consumers Say Food Safety Is Number One Concern

Food safety topped a recent list of public concerns in China, according to a report developed by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory of Jiao Tong University. The report showed that "illegal additives, poor hygiene, and unsafe materials in the manufacturing process [of food]," have caused more concern than anything else over the past year.

August 21, 2013
Fonterra Contamination Issues Pique New Zealanders' Food Safety Fears

New Zealand must implement interim food-safety measures to guarantee its exports are safe and contamination free, the opposition demanded on August 21 after news of another incident involving Fonterra.

August 21, 2013
Food Safety, Wildlife Oversight Butt Heads in California

In the wake of a recent lawsuit against a Salinas Valley grower alleging responsibility for an E. coli-related death, and an ongoing outbreak of sickness caused by a parasite found in bagged salad from a facility operated by a Taylor Farms subsidiary in Mexico, growers are under increasing pressure to extend animal buffer zones around their crops. That, say wildlife advocates, is unnecessary and is harming the environment.

August 21, 2013
Britain's Pork Producers Fear Retailers May Provoke 'Next Food Scandal'

Britain's National Pig Association (NPA) has issued a statement saying that the group "is worried that the foundations for the next food scandal are already being laid by some retailers as they edge away from the shorter supply chains they promised following Horsegate." NPA has noted a number of pork, bacon and gammon lines being switched back to imported product, because it is marginally cheaper.

August 22, 2013
Produce Group Hosts FSMA Webinars, Explains Foreign Supplier Verification

The Produce Marketing Association is offering new resources to help the global fresh produce industry understand the U.S. government's latest proposed rules to implement the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. Resources include English and Spanish summaries of FDA’s proposed rule for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors, plus bilingual, produce-specific webinars explaining the proposed rule.

August 23, 2013
Allergen Training for Restaurateurs: NRA Webinars Begin August 26

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) will hold a series of webinars, set for Aug. 26, Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, to educate restaurateurs on how to accommodate diners with food allergies.

August 23, 2013
Cheese-based Listeriosis Toll: Six Sick in Five States, One Dead

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that an individual in Texas was found to be infected with the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes that has sickened five other people in the Midwest over the past few months. All six individuals reported being hospitalized; one of them died and another, who was pregnant, miscarried as a result of her illness.

August 27, 2013
ATCC Creates Biomaterial Network to Aid Researchers

The American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) today announced that it has forged material deposit agreements with more than 30 leading public and private institutions to facilitate the creation of a new Biomaterial Contributor Network (BCN).

August 27, 2013
GFSI Launches Retail/Wholesale Technical Working Group

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) today announced that a Retail/Wholesale Technical Working Group has been formed to review the role of retailers and wholesalers in the food supply chain. The group will subsequently draft key requirements for inclusion in the GFSI Guidance Document, so that existing food safety management schemes that cover this scope can be benchmarked against them.

August 27, 2013
AOAC Grants Listeria PCR Assay Performance Tested Methods Status

Thermo Scientific announced August 26 that its SureTect Listeria species Assay has received Performance Tested Methods status from the AOAC Research Institute. Food microbiology laboratories can now confidently test to a recognized standard for Listeria species.

August 28, 2013
Local Public Health Agencies Putting Food Safety Data Online

More central Ohioans who are heading out to eat at a restaurant, food truck, festival or fair — or to shop at a supermarket — can now go online to check the latest food-safety inspections. This month, the Delaware General Health District became the latest local public-health entity in the region to post its inspections on its website, joining health departments in Columbus and in Franklin and Union counties.

August 29, 2013
3M Molecular Detection System Wins International Business Award

3M Food Safety announced on August 28 that its 3M Molecular Detection System has won a bronze Stevie® award in the 2013 International Business Awards. The system, awarded under the category of Best New Product or Service of the Year – Health & Pharmaceuticals, was recognized for being a simple, accurate and cost-effective pathogen detection solution that benefits food processors, universities, governments, and contract testing laboratories.

August 29, 2013
Both Sides Now: Views Differ on Zilmax Controversy

Merck Animal Health this month suspended U.S. sales of its beta-agonist Zilmax, after Tyson Foods and other large meat processors announced they would stop buying cattle treated with the drug, due to animal health concerns. Feedlot operators, who have long been adding Zilmax to feed to help cattle gain weight shortly before slaughter, are concerned and dismayed by the move, but some consumer advocates hope it is the start of a trend.

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