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November 17, 2014

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President Obama Signs Farm Bill into Law
February 7, 2014
President Obama Signs Farm Bill into Law

President Obama today signed into law H.R. 2642, the “Agriculture Act of 2014,” which extends, expands, or modifies Federal agriculture and nutrition programs, including farm income support, crop insurance, conservation, credit assistance, trade, research, international food assistance, rural development, and other programs through the fiscal year 2018 crop year.

Food Industry Coalition Advocates for a Federal GMO Labeling Solution
February 7, 2014
Food Industry Coalition Advocates for a Federal GMO Labeling Solution

American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of 29 industry and non-governmental organizations yesterday announced the formation of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) and urged Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs)

Consumer Pressure Prompts Subway to Remove Azodiacarbonamide from Bread
February 7, 2014
Consumer Pressure Prompts Subway to Remove Azodiacarbonamide from Bread

Subway, one of the world's biggest bread bakers, is about to remove azodiacarbonamide —  a foaming agent used in both bread and yoga mats — from its breads in response to a campaign by an influential health activist and food blogger.

FDA Issues Interim Final Rule on Infant Formula Standards, Seeks Comments
February 6, 2014
FDA Issues Interim Final Rule on Infant Formula Standards, Seeks Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released an interim final rule that sets standards for manufacturers to produce safe infant formula that supports healthy growth. The interim final rule applies only to infant formulas represented for use by healthy infants without unusual medical or dietary problems.

EFSA Proposes Procedure to Identify Chemical Risks in Food/Feed Chains
February 6, 2014
EFSA Proposes Procedure to Identify Chemical Risks in Food/Feed Chains

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) yesterday proposed a new process for identifying emerging chemical risks in the food and feed chain using a variety of databases that log the incidence of industrial chemicals and environmental chemical contaminants in the European Union (EU). The framework would enable risk assessors to anticipate contamination of the food/feed chain by chemical hazards that have not yet been assessed by the EFSA or other similar bodies.

Poll: Nearly Three-Quarters of Americans Looking to Government for More Food Safety Oversight
February 5, 2014
Poll: Nearly Three-Quarters of Americans Looking to Government for More Food Safety Oversight

Strong majorities of U.S. adults say food recalls have them at least somewhat concerned (86%, with 58% somewhat concerned and 28% seriously concerned) and believe there should be more government oversight in regards to food safety (73%), according to a recent Harris Poll.

Public Meeting Tomorrow on Agenda for Codex Committee on Fish/Fish Products
February 5, 2014
Public Meeting Tomorrow on Agenda for Codex Committee on Fish/Fish Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting tomorrow, Feb. 6, to provide information, receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 33rd Session of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fish Products (CCFFP).

FDA Reopening Comment Period for Foods Portion of Guidance on Human Research Studies
February 5, 2014
FDA Reopening Comment Period for Foods Portion of Guidance on Human Research Studies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is reopening, for 60 days, the comment period for specific portions of its final guidance entitled “Investigational New Drug Applications (INDs) -- Determining Whether Human Research Studies Can Be Conducted Without an IND,” which was announced in the Sept. 10, 2013 Federal Register. The comment period is reopening only for subsections of the final guidance that address the applicability of the IND regulations to clinical research studies involving cosmetics and foods (including dietary supplements).

AMI Foundation Issues Updated Sanitary Equipment Design Principles
February 5, 2014
AMI Foundation Issues Updated Sanitary Equipment Design Principles

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) on Feb. 3 released an updated version of its Sanitary Equipment Design Principles: Checklist & Glossary. The Principles have been a leading factor in food safety advances in meat and poultry plants including the reduction of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.

Senate Passes Farm Bill 68-32; Now on to the President's Desk
February 4, 2014
Senate Passes Farm Bill 68-32; Now on to the President's Desk

On a 68-32 vote, the U.S. Senate today cleared the conference report reauthorizing agriculture and nutrition programs for five years.

FSA: Out-of-Home Food Hygiene Is UK Consumers' Top Food Safety Concern
February 4, 2014
FSA: Out-of-Home Food Hygiene Is UK Consumers' Top Food Safety Concern

The top three food safety issues of concern for UK citizens are food hygiene when eating out (36%), the use of additives in food (26%), and food poisoning from bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli (26%), according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Those are among the findings of the FSA's latest Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker survey, conducted in November 2013 and published this week..

Thermo Develops Method to Determine Carbendazim Levels in Orange Juice
February 4, 2014
Thermo Develops Method to Determine Carbendazim Levels in Orange Juice

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a reproducible and accurate high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method combined with on-line solid-phase extraction for the sensitive determination of carbendazim in orange juice. Application Note 1067: Determination of Carbendazim in Orange Juice demonstrates that this application — performed using a rapid separation liquid chromatography system — simplifies sample preparation and improves HPLC detection sensitivity with a method detection limit of carbendazim in orange juice of 0.2 μg/L.

FSA Updates List of Products Free from Colors Linked to Hyperactivity
February 4, 2014
FSA Updates List of Products Free from Colors Linked to Hyperactivity

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colors associated with possible hyperactivity in young children.

Roka Receives AOAC-RI Certification for Atlas E. coli O157:H7 EG2 Detection Assay
February 4, 2014
Roka Receives AOAC-RI Certification for Atlas E. coli O157:H7 EG2 Detection Assay

Roka Bioscience announced today that its Atlas E. coli O157:H7 EG2 Detection Assay has received AOAC Performance Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute. The independent laboratory study was conducted by Q Laboratories, Inc., as part of the AOAC-RI independent third-party validation process.

Case Tally Now 11 in Scottish E. coli Outbreak Linked to Arena Food
February 4, 2014
Case Tally Now 11 in Scottish E. coli Outbreak Linked to Arena Food

The number of people affected by an outbreak of E.coli linked to burgers eaten at a Scottish concert venue has increased to 11. Investigators have linked the cases to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, a major entertainment venue that opened last September.

FSIS Updates New Technology Table, Validated Pathogen Test Kit List
February 4, 2014
FSIS Updates New Technology Table, Validated Pathogen Test Kit List

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued an updated listing of Foodborne Pathogen Test Kits Validated by Independent Organizations. This complements FSIS's update of its New Technology Table; both documents are available on the FSIS website.

February 4, 2014
Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for Codex Committee on Fresh Produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) are sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items, and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 18th Session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV).

FDA Posts Draft Methodological Approach to Identifying High-Risk Foods under FSMA
February 3, 2014
FDA Posts Draft Methodological Approach to Identifying High-Risk Foods under FSMA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is publishing a Federal Register notice to present its draft methodological approach to identifying high-risk foods, as required under section 204(d)(2) of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agency is seeking comments on the draft, as well as relevant scientific data, to help refine its approach.

Senate to Vote on Farm Bill Early This Week
February 3, 2014
Senate to Vote on Farm Bill Early This Week

The Senate is set to begin discussion on the 2014 farm bill on Monday afternoon, according to the official Senate schedule.

Norovirus Outbreak Sickens 189, Docks Second Cruise Ship This Week
January 31, 2014
Norovirus Outbreak Sickens 189, Docks Second Cruise Ship This Week

In the second such instance this week, a cruise ship returned to its home port early after a significant number of passengers came down with a gastrointestinal illness. Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess arrived back in Houston late Thursday, after more than 160 of the ship's 3,104 passengers experienced symptoms consistent with a norovirus infection, according to USA Today.

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