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November 4, 2013
Food Traceability a Growing Concern for Global Food Supply

Food traceability is a growing concern for both businesses and consumers who want to know exactly where their food is coming from, but the path of the global food supply is a winding one and the increasing complexity of the world's food system can make it difficult to trace products back to their source.

November 4, 2013
AFDO Opens Food Protection Program Portal for Regulatory Officials

The Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) announces the implementation of a newly developed “Food Protection Program Portal” that is available to all food safety regulatory officials.

November 4, 2013
FDA Proposes Regs to Ensure Safety of Food for Pets and Farm Animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time. The regulation would help prevent food-borne illness in both animals and people.

November 1, 2013
Former USDA Official Decries 'Outbreak of Misinformation on Salmonella'

The recent outbreak of food-borne illnesses from Salmonella Heidelberg linked to three California Foster Farms chicken processing facilities has created a rash of misinformation from some media and activists, creating misperception by the public. The fact that so many were sickened, and an increased number hospitalized, speaks to the virulence of the strains found in the outbreak, not to antibiotic resistance.

October 31, 2013
FDA Releases Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed a draft risk profile on pathogens and filth in spices. This science-based document describes the current state of knowledge related to spice contamination, describes mitigation and control mechanisms currently available, and identifies critical knowledge gaps. The risk profile was initiated in response to recent outbreaks of human illness caused by the consumption of Salmonella-contaminated spices in the United States.

October 30, 2013
Potato Council Releases Guidelines on Food Safety for Growers, Packers

The National Potato Council recently released its Commodity-Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Storage, and Packing of Potatoes and will host a media briefing about the document on Friday, Nov. 8, in a 30-minute webinar from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET.

October 17, 2013
FSIS Posts FAQ Page about Foster Farms' Salmonella Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Oct. 16 issued a notice that it had posted on its website a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page regarding the recent Salmonella outbreak that has been traced to raw chicken products from three Foster Farms processing plants in California.

October 24, 2013
Watchdog Group Blasts EFSA for Experts' Conflicts of Interest

Almost 60% of experts sitting on the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) panels have direct or indirect links with industries regulated by the agency, according to an independent screening performed by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and freelance journalist Stéphane Horel.

October 23, 2013
Jerky Treats Linked to Thousands of Pet Illnesses; FDA Solicits Consumer Input

A mysterious jerky treat-related illness that has killed more than 500 dogs and cats and sickened thousands more has prompted to U.S. Food and Drug Administration to request the help of pet owners. On Tuesday, the FDA asked pet owners and veterinarians to contact them if their dog or cat has become ill after eating jerky pet treats — packaged snacks made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit.

October 21, 2013
SDSU Opens Center for Agribusiness and Food Systems Management

South Dakota State University (SDSU) last Thursday announced the launch of its new Center for Agribusiness and Food Systems Management. An SDSU news release said the center will focus on nutrition, food safety, food processing and business management, and will draw on collaborative, interdisciplinary and intercollegiate partnerships to provide guidance and solutions to challenges facing the food and agriculture industries throughout the Northern Great Plains.

October 21, 2013
Australian Retail Consumers Value Food Safety over Other Store Attributes

Food safety at the supermarket is important to more Australian grocery buyers than proximity to home, good value, trading hours, or the quality and range of fresh fruits and vegetables, according to a recent study from Australian market research firm Roy Morgan.

October 18, 2013
FDA Releases Agenda for Oct. 22 Public Meeting on FSMA's FSVP

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday affirmed that its public meeting on proposed rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and the Accreditation of Third Party Auditors/Certification Bodies will be held as scheduled on October 22 and 23, 2013, in Long Beach, CA.

October 17, 2013
Agilent, Healex Join Forces on Remote Control Software for Large Labs

Agilent Technologies Inc. and Healex Systems Ltd. on Oct. 17 announced that Healex’s ChemLaunch remote instrument access and control software now operates with Agilent’s OpenLAB CDS ChemStation Edition chromatography data system software. ChemLaunch, in combination with OpenLAB CDS, provides an integrated software environment for large-scale, distributed analytical labs

October 16, 2013
Silliker Opens New Analytical Food Lab in Querétaro, Mexico

Silliker, a Mérieux NutriSciences company and a major international network of food safety services, announced the grand opening today of its new state-of-the-art analytical lab in Querétaro, Mexico.

October 14, 2013
GFSI Opens Stakeholder Consultation for IFS Packaging Security Scheme

On Friday, Oct. 11, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) officially launched its global stakeholder consultation for the International Featured Standards (IFS) PACsecure scheme. IFS PACsecure is a new packaging material safety and quality standard that applies to all forms of primary and secondary packaging materials.

October 4, 2013
LGMA: Despite Government Shutdown, Inspection Continues for Leafy Greens

In an Oct. 2 blog post, LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall assured the public that "government food safety audits on leafy greens farms continue uninterrupted," noting that LGMA auditors are not direct employees of the federal government. While LGMA auditors are certified and licensed by the USDA, they are overseen by the California Department of Agriculture and the audit program is fully funded by the leafy greens community through mandatory government assessments.

October 8, 2013
GFSI Adds Storage, Distribution Reqs to Scope of Guidance Document

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has reissued its Guidance Document Sixth Edition under version 6.3 to include key requirements related to the storage and distribution sector. As a result, food safety management schemes that cover the storage and distribution scope can now come forward to GFSI for recognition through its benchmarking process.

October 11, 2013
Foster Farms, FSIS Reach Agreement to Keep California Plants Open

Late yesterday (Oct. 10), beleaguered poultry processor Foster Farms announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reviewed the company's safety plan for its three California facilities in Livingston and Fresno, and had agreed to allow the plants to continue operating. This follows Foster Farms' implementation of several new food safety controls over the last two months and the company's commitment to install added processes during an enhanced inspection period over the next 90 days, according to a company statement.

October 10, 2013
USDA Threatens to Shut Down Three Foster Farms Chicken Plants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is threatening to close three California poultry plants operated by Foster Farms blamed for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened at least 278 people nationwide.

October 10, 2013
AOAC Gives PTM Approval for BioControl 8-Hour Salmonella Test

BioControl Systems, Inc. has received AOAC-PTM Certification (#050602) for its Assurance GDS® Salmonella Tq mEHEC method from the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods Program.The new eight-hour mEHEC enrichment protocol allows customers to obtain results in select matrices in just 10 hours, including sample processing.

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