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June 27, 2014
UK FSA Study Details Food Poisoning Cases, Targets Campylobacter

New research published June 26 by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) provides a highly detailed picture of how many people suffer from food poisoning in the UK every year and how much food poisoning can be attributed to different foods.

June 26, 2014
PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Examines FSMA Compliance Issues

Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent study from PMMI. The report details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.

June 26, 2014
UK FSA Seeks More Input on Guidance for Allergen Labeling Rules

The UK's Food Standards Agency is soliciting industry input on draft technical guidance geared to small and medium sized food businesses to help them meet upcoming EU regulations on food allergen labelling for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.

June 25, 2014
FDA Guide Aims to Help Small Businesses Comply with Gluten-Free Labeling Reqs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guide for small food businesses to help them comply with new federal requirements for the voluntary use of the term "gluten-free" on food products.

June 23, 2014
CDC Says E. coli Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef Is Over

Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Final Update regarding a four-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7). In total, 12 cases were reported; 58% of those people were hospitalized, but none of them died, nor did anyone develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

June 23, 2014
New Book Provides Comprehensive Approach to Food Safety Management

Food Safety Management: A Practical Guide for the Food Industry, a new book by Yasmine Motarjemi, presents an integrated, practical approach to the management of food safety throughout the production chain.

June 20, 2014
FDA Reopens Comment Period on Reportable Food Registry Proposed Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday reopened the comment period for an additional 60 days on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Amendments to the Reportable Food Registry (RFR) Provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”

June 19, 2014
FSIS Notice Details Beef Testing for Both Salmonella and E. coli

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday issued "Notice 28-14 - Analysis for Salmonella of All Beef Products Sampled for Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (STEC)." To be implemented starting June 29, the notice provides instructions for inspection personnel regarding sampling and analysis of raw ground beef for Salmonella and E. coli.

June 18, 2014
UK Food Standards Agency Kicks Off Anti-Campylobacter Campaign

UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an aggressive campaign to engage the public in preventing Campylobacter infections by stopping the common practice of washing chicken before cooking it.

June 18, 2014
Wal-Mart China Triples Food Safety Spending to $48 Million

Wal-Mart Stores said on Tuesday that it will increase its spending on food safety in China to 300 million yuan ($48.32 million) in 2013, 2014 and 2015, up from a previously announced 100 million yuan in the same period.

June 17, 2014
E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts Sickens 17

Seventeen people in five states have been sickened by Escherichia coli after eating clover sprouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

June 17, 2014
Regulator-Oriented Food Safety Training Now Available to Food Industry Pros

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) announced Monday that it now offers food industry professionals more than 50 food safety courses that were designed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs University (ORAU).

June 16, 2014
FDA, Industry Square Off over Use of Wooden Boards in Artisanal Cheesemaking

Last week, after a letter from an U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official stating that the use of wooden shelves for cheese ripening "does not conform to cGMP requirements" went public, cheesemakers passionately defended the age-old practice. Then on June 11, the FDA clarified that it does not intend to ban wooden boards from being used in cheesemaking.

June 13, 2014
Food Industry Groups Sue Vermont to Overturn Mandatory GMO Labeling Law

Four food industry associations whose members would be affected by Vermont's new mandatory labeling law for genetically engineered foods filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court challenging the measure's constitutionality.

June 13, 2014
Case Count Climbs to 55 in Chia Seed-Linked Salmonella Outbreak

The number of reported illnesses has risen to 55 in an outbreak of salmonellosis linked to chia seed-based products in both the U.S. and Canada, and several product recalls have been announced and extended. The outbreak has been reported in 12 states and four Canadian provinces, and infected persons have been found to have one of three distinct Salmonella strains: Salmonella Newport, Salmonella Hartford, or Salmonella Oranienburg.

June 9, 2014
FDA Issues Final Rule on Manufacturing Standards for Infant Formula

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a final rule setting standards for manufacturers of infant formula to help ensure that the formulas made for the U.S. market continue to be safe and support healthy growth for infants who consume formula.

June 9, 2014
McNamara to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine has chosen Ann Marie McNamara, vice president of food safety and regulatory compliance for Jack in the Box, to receive the magazine's Distinguished Service Award at the 2014 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection.

June 6, 2014
CDC Confirms Fourth U.S. Death from 'Mad Cow' Disease

"Mad cow" disease has caused a fourth death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lab tests confirmed that a patient in Texas who recently died had Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a fatal brain disorder linked to eating beef from cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

June 6, 2014
United Fresh, IFS Roll Out Streamlined Certification for Produce Packers

The United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) yesterday announced that it has collaborated with international standards body IFS to offer fruit and vegetable producers and packers a streamlined solution to achieve GFSI-benchmarked certification with IFS Food and the United Fresh Harmonized Standard, as well as a one-stop approach using GLOBALG.A.P. for primary production.

June 6, 2014
FDA, CDC, FSIS Offer Web Resource on Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have developed a Web resource about the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC). The site highlights the collaboration's work and creates a vehicle for sharing information with the public.

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