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October 2, 2014
New Data Dashboard Tool Shares FDA's Inspection, Compliance and Recall Data

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new online tool to provide insight into FDA's compliance, inspection, and recall activities.

October 2, 2014
Western IPM Center Begins Second Decade of Grantmaking with $300,000 in New Grants

To help address important pest issues in Western agriculture, communities and natural areas, the Western Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center is making $300,000 in grants available for development of IPM resources.

Romer Labs Gluten G12 Rapid Tests Obtain AOAC Approval
October 1, 2014
Romer Labs Gluten G12 Rapid Tests Obtain AOAC Approval

Romer Labs® has announced that both test kit lines, the AgraQuant® Gluten G12 ELISA test and the AgraStrip® Gluten G12 lateral flow test have obtained important approvals.

Plants Prepackage Beneficial Microbes In Their Seeds
September 29, 2014
Plants Prepackage Beneficial Microbes In Their Seeds

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame have discovered that plants may package commensal bacteria — bacteria that help the plants extract nutrients and defend against pathogen invasion — inside of seeds, thus ensuring that sprouting plants are colonized from the beginning.

Almanza Named USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety
September 29, 2014
Almanza Named USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Sept. 26 named Alfred V. Almanza to be deputy under secretary for food safety.

United Fresh Eyes Produce-Related Changes to FSMA Proposed Rules
September 26, 2014
United Fresh Eyes Produce-Related Changes to FSMA Proposed Rules

The United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) yesterday explained in detail how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent changes to four proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will likely affect the produce industry. Key changes were made in the areas of water testing, compost use, and the definition of "farm," among others.

FDA Kicks Off Food Safety Challenge to Speed Detection of Salmonella in Produce
September 25, 2014
FDA Kicks Off Food Safety Challenge to Speed Detection of Salmonella in Produce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 23 launched its 2014 Food Safety Challenge — a call to innovators from all disciplines to submit concepts that apply cutting-edge techniques to significantly improve the speed of detection methods for Salmonella in minimally processed fresh produce. 

FDA's Taylor and Sklamberg Discuss FSMA in Light of PCA Convictions
September 25, 2014
FDA's Taylor and Sklamberg Discuss FSMA in Light of PCA Convictions

In this FDA Voice blog, officials Howard Sklamberg and Michael Taylor discuss FSMA and FDA's new orientation in light of last week's convictions in the trial of Peanut Corp. of America executive Stewart Parnell and his food broker brother, Michael Parnell.

Training Helps College Foodservice Ops Cater to Students with Food Allergies
September 24, 2014
Training Helps College Foodservice Ops Cater to Students with Food Allergies

MenuTrinfo, is working with higher learning institutions through its AllerTrain U™ certification and training course to better accommodate students with food allergies and celiac disease.

Tuskegee University Names Speakers for Inaugural Carver Lecture Series
September 24, 2014
Tuskegee University Names Speakers for Inaugural Carver Lecture Series

Tuskegee University's inaugural George Washington Carver Lecture Series, to be held Oct. 30, will feature an impressive list of speakers from government, academia, and food companies such as PepsiCo, Kellogg's, and ConAgra.

Romer Labs' Aflatoxin Test Kit Gains USDA-GIPSA Approval
September 23, 2014
Romer Labs' Aflatoxin Test Kit Gains USDA-GIPSA Approval

Romer Labs' new AgraStrip® Total Aflatoxin Quantitative WATEX test kit has successfully undergone verification of performance as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

Guilty Verdicts for Defendants in Peanut Corp. of America Trial
September 22, 2014
Guilty Verdicts for Defendants in Peanut Corp. of America Trial

More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday and faces decades of prison time in a rare food-poisoning trial..

UK's FSA Issues 2013-14 Science Report, Food and You Survey Results
September 19, 2014
UK's FSA Issues 2013-14 Science Report, Food and You Survey Results

Earlier this week, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) published its Annual Science Report, as well as a report titled, "Eating Safe and Well," which analyzes the results of the FSA's biennial Food and You survey of public attitudes and behaviors toward food and nutrition.

FDA Announces Changes to Four FSMA Proposed Rules
September 19, 2014
FDA Announces Changes to Four FSMA Proposed Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today put forth changes to four rules proposed in 2013 to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act: Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

Early Registration Extended for OSU Nonthermal Processing Workshop, Short Course
September 18, 2014
Early Registration Extended for OSU Nonthermal Processing Workshop, Short Course

The Ohio State University (OSU) has extended early-bird registration until Monday, Sept. 22 for its 2014 International Nonthermal Processing Short Course and Workshop, to be held Oct. 21-24 on the OSU campus in Columbus, OH.

Peanut Corp. of America Trial to Conclude Today
September 18, 2014
Peanut Corp. of America Trial to Conclude Today

The jury is expected to render a verdict today in the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and his brother Michael, a food broker. The Parnells are charged with knowingly shipping contaminated peanut butter to customers and faking lab tests intended to screen for salmonella.

NSF Experts Say Elliott Report Key to Safeguarding UK Food Safety
September 17, 2014
NSF Experts Say Elliott Report Key to Safeguarding UK Food Safety

NSF International food safety experts say the challenge will be effective implementation of Elliott Review's recommendations, as food fraud is a global issue that will require international cooperation and action.

GMA, Chinese Food Industry Group to Partner on Food Safety
September 17, 2014
GMA, Chinese Food Industry Group to Partner on Food Safety

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Chinese National Food Industry Association (CNFIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to intensify their joint food safety efforts in China and the United States.

FDA, NASDA Ink Agreement to Implement Produce Safety Rule
September 17, 2014
FDA, NASDA Ink Agreement to Implement Produce Safety Rule

The U.S. FDA yesterday announced a new cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture that will provide funding and support necessary to determine the current foundation of state law and the resources needed by states to implement the produce safety rule, and will develop a timeline for successful implementation once the rule is finalized.

FDA's Taylor Stresses Industry / Government Cooperation to Enforce FSMA
September 15, 2014
FDA's Taylor Stresses Industry / Government Cooperation to Enforce FSMA

U.S. Food and Drug Association Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor on Sept. 10 told produce professionals that focusing on outcomes, rather than gathering evidence of violations, is part of FDA's new operational mandate for advancing food safety.

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