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August 29, 2014
Russia's Food Safety Agency Closes More McDonald's Units

McDonald's Corp. said today that a total of 12 of its stores in Russia have been temporarily closed over the state food safety regulator's allegations of sanitary violations.

August 27, 2014
Food Safety Crucial to Fonterra's Deal with Chinese Maker of Infant Formula

New Zealand-based Fonterra Cooperative Group today became the latest foreign company to bet that it could turn a profit by bringing safer food to China. Fonterra said it would spend more than $500 million in a deal with the Beingmate Baby and Child Food Company, a Chinese manufacturer of infant formula.

August 26, 2014
Rancho Feeding Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling Meat from Sick Cattle

The co-owner of a shuttered Petaluma, CA slaughterhouse linked to a huge recall pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he helped sell meat from dairy cows with eye cancer and will work with prosecutors in their case against three others in the alleged scheme.

August 25, 2014
Agilent and Shimadzu Collaborate on Chromatography Instrument Control

Agilent Technologies, Inc. and Shimadzu Corp. on Aug. 21 announced the release of gas chromatography (GC) instrument control for their respective Chromatography Data Systems (CDS).

August 25, 2014
Heinz Recall of Infant Cereal in China Highlights Traceability Challenges

U.S.-based H.J. Heinz Co. apologized to Chinese consumers last week and said it would tighten controls over suppliers after it was forced to recall some infant cereal from store shelves due to excess levels of lead.

August 22, 2014
Zink Assumes IAFP Presidency

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) today announced that Donald L. Zink became the association's president at the conclusion of its annual meeting, IAFP 2014, in Indianapolis earlier this month.

August 22, 2014
Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Peanut, Almond Butters

The CDC yesterday reported that it is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections linked to almond and peanut butters manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods.

August 18, 2014
USDA-FSIS Issues Compliance Guide for Managing STEC in Cattle

USDA-FSIS last week issued an updated version of the guidance document Pre-Harvest Management Controls and Intervention Options for Reducing Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Shedding in Cattle: An Overview of Current Research.

August 18, 2014
UK Health Officials Investigating National Salmonella Outbreak

Public Health England (PHE) reported Aug. 15 that it is investigating a national outbreak of a type of Salmonella enteritidis that has affected 156 people.

August 18, 2014
Consumer Advocates Call Attention to Microbes on Grocery Checkstand Belts

A consumer advocacy organization has launched a campaign to put conveyor belts at supermarket checkout stands under the microscope — literally. Called Good Armor, the group recently issued a press release noting that "shoppers place billions of products on these contaminated belts each year, exposing foods to potentially harmful yeasts, molds, and coliform bacteria."

August 15, 2014
Pepsico's Mehmood Khan to Deliver Keynote at Tuskegee Lecture Series

Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo’s chief scientific officer, will speak at Tuskegee University’s first George Washington Carver Lecture Series event on Oct. 30

August 14, 2014
USDA Beefs Up Procedures to Detect, Remove Unsafe Ground Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service yesterday announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce, and find the root cause of the incident to prevent it from recurring.

August 14, 2014
Chia Seed-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Over, CDC Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported that an outbreak of salmonellosis that began in January and was linked to organic sprouted chia seed powder finally appears to be over.

August 12, 2014
Sysco Names Executive Team Following Proposed US Foods Merger

Sysco Corporation last week announced the senior leaders who will guide the company upon completion of its proposed merger with US Foods.

August 12, 2014
AFDO to Develop Food Allergen Control Guidance for Retail, Foodservice Outlets

The Association of Food & Drug Officials has assembled an Ad-hoc Committee that has been tasked with developing a guidance document for controlling food allergens in retail food and food service establishments.

August 11, 2014
USDA Researchers Seek to Reduce Allergenicity of Tree Nuts, Peanuts

For the millions of adults and children in the U.S. who have to shun nuts to avoid an allergic reaction, help could be on the way. Scientists are now developing a method to process cashews — and potentially other nuts — that could make them safer to eat for people who are allergic to them.

August 8, 2014
Wyoming Researchers Find Substance that Helps Listeria Survive

University of Wyoming researchers have discovered a substance that greatly increases the survival of Listeria monocytogenes. Researchers hope the discovery will lead to the development of techniques to better combat the pathogen and to improve food safety.

August 8, 2014
OSI Group Pulls Shanghai Husi-made Food Products from Chinese Outlets

U.S. meat supplier OSI Group LLC is withdrawing products made in a Shanghai factory from undisclosed outlets in the wake of a food safety scare last month that hit fast food chains McDonald's and KFC.

August 8, 2014
PrimusLabs Receives ISO 17025 Accreditation

PrimusLabs, provider of a comprehensive array of food safety services, has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Accreditation 17025:2005 for each of its U.S. microbiological laboratories.

August 7, 2014
NSF Survey Finds Consumers Confused about Food Expiration Dates

A new survey by NSF International found that people are confused about how to interpret dates on food packaging such as expiration, “best used by” and “sell by” dates, causing many to keep some food dangerously long or to prematurely throw away good food.

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