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USDA Abandons Consumer Use Study as GMO Labeling Work Begins
October 25, 2016
USDA Abandons Consumer Use Study as GMO Labeling Work Begins

In the USDA’s solicitation for proposals from vendors interested in conducting necessary studies, the agency has made no mention of an originally planned consumer use study.

Most Canadian Leafy Herbs Pass Foodborne Pathogen Sampling Test
October 24, 2016
Most Canadian Leafy Herbs Pass Foodborne Pathogen Sampling Test

Leafy herbs were chosen as one of the priority food groups to undergo enhanced surveillance by the CFIA.

UK Lists Five Priorities for Hepatitis and Norovirus Research
October 21, 2016
UK Lists Five Priorities for Hepatitis and Norovirus Research

The results of a scientific workshop on foodborne illness have been published in Summary Report of Joint Scientific Workshop on Foodborne Viruses, a publication by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The workshop was a joint venture with the UK Food Standards Agency.

CDC: Multistate E. coli Outbreak Caused by Meat Products Appears to Be Over
October 20, 2016
CDC: Multistate E. coli Outbreak Caused by Meat Products Appears to Be Over

Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the end to an Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) outbreak caused by contaminated beef products.

Walmart Pledges $25M to Food Safety Research in China
October 19, 2016
Walmart Pledges $25M to Food Safety Research in China

Walmart Stores Inc., along with the Walmart Foundation, will invest $25 million to aid with food safety research in China.

 
Agricultural Groups Blast Food Companies for Recent Anti-GMO Efforts
October 19, 2016
Agricultural Groups Blast Food Companies for Recent Anti-GMO Efforts

Back in April, yogurt giant The Dannon Company announced plans to use more natural, nonsynthetic ingredients that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This move--to take place over a 3 year time span--was to apply to the company’s Dannon, Oikos and Danimals branded products. This week, Dannon, along with other unnamed companies, has been the recipient of industry criticism for the announcement made almost 6 months ago.

New Food Regulation Model in the Works for UK
October 17, 2016
New Food Regulation Model in the Works for UK

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is working on changing the way that food is regulated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Cookie Dough Ingredient Recall Expands to More Popular Brands
October 13, 2016
Cookie Dough Ingredient Recall Expands to More Popular Brands

Late last month, Blue Bell Creameries was hit with yet another product recall due to possible Listeria contamination. The ice cream’s cookie dough ingredient is believed to be the culprit. Now, the same recall includes one large grocery retailer, along with a popular brand of meal replacement bars and one more ice cream company.

EFSA Seeking New Stakeholders
October 11, 2016
EFSA Seeking New Stakeholders

EFSA is inviting eligible parties to register as official EFSA stakeholders.

Shigellosis Outbreak May Be Linked to Flint Water Crisis
October 7, 2016
Shigellosis Outbreak May Be Linked to Flint Water Crisis

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines Shigellosis as an infectious disease caused by Shigella bacteria and is believed to be spread by unwashed hands.

More Citations a “Good Thing”, Says LGMA Annual Report
October 7, 2016
More Citations a “Good Thing”, Says LGMA Annual Report

The 2015/16 California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA) Report provides a detailed report of audits conducted, along with citations issued. LGMA audits are mandatory and are conducted by State of California auditors who verify that science-based food safety practices are implemented on the farm.

 

FDA Answers Food Manufacturers' Questions on Compliance Dates, Menu Labeling and More
October 7, 2016
FDA Answers Food Manufacturers' Questions on Compliance Dates, Menu Labeling and More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received questions about the timing of the compliance dates for its various nutrition initiatives and is providing the following questions and answers.

Food Safety Advice for Residents in Hurricane Matthew's Path
October 6, 2016
Food Safety Advice for Residents in Hurricane Matthew's Path

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Egg Producers to Spend 3 Months in Prison for 2010 Salmonella Outbreak
October 5, 2016
Egg Producers to Spend 3 Months in Prison for 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, MO has denied appeals from Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster--the pair behind a multistate Salmonella outbreak in 2010 that sickened roughly 56,000 people.

Registration Opens for 6th National Consumer Food Safety Education Conference
October 5, 2016
Registration Opens for 6th National Consumer Food Safety Education Conference

Early bird registration is now open for the sixth National Consumer Food Safety Education Conference held on January 25-27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. 

FSIS Issues New Guidance for Meat Labels
October 5, 2016
FSIS Issues New Guidance for Meat Labels

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will issue guidance on what type of documentation is necessary for a product label to claim that an animal was raised “without antibiotics”, “organic”, “grassfed”, “free-range” or “without the use of hormones”.

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Caused by Alfalfa Sprouts is Over
October 4, 2016
CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Caused by Alfalfa Sprouts is Over

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared an end to an outbreak linked to raw sprouts.

Report: Food Processors Choose Procedural Changes Over New Equipment for FSMA
October 3, 2016
Report: Food Processors Choose Procedural Changes Over New Equipment for FSMA

According to a new report compiled by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), food processors are having to change their equipment procedures in order to comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

CDC Ends Multistate E. coli Outbreak Investigation Linked to Flour
September 30, 2016
CDC Ends Multistate E. coli Outbreak Investigation Linked to Flour

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared an end to a multistate outbreak linked to flour.

Multistate E. coli Outbreak Linked to New England Meat Producer
September 29, 2016
Multistate E. coli Outbreak Linked to New England Meat Producer

A multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections is currently being investigated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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