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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sample6, a Boston-based company focused on applying biotechnology to advance food safety, announced today that it has secured a $11 million Series B financing round led by Canaan Partners. The funds will be used to commercialize Sample6's first products, Sample6 DETECT/L and Sample6 CONTROL, which are designed to enable in-plant, in-shift pathogen detection in food processing environments.
The DuPont BAX® System has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute as a Performance Tested Method (PTM) for detecting Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) in beef trim and ground beef.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that illness caused by strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.
Speaking in front of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of Produce Marketing Association (PMA) members, Drs. Bob Whitaker and Jim Gorny commented on the accreditation of third-party auditors and foreign supplier verification programs proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group has joined more than 25 other companies and institutions as a Sustaining Partner of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA). AMSA relies on support from partners to maintain its ability to offer community and professional development programs and opportunities for individuals in the field of meat science.
It’s Day 4 of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which resulted from Congress’ failure to enact the annual appropriations needed to keep the government in business. Food Safety Magazine spoke with Edgar Asebey-Birkholm, partner-in-charge of the FDA Practice Group at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, to get a big-picture perspective on how the shutdown will likely affect food safety.
2 Sisters Food Group, a UK poultry integrator, has been fined over £110,000 (U.S. $176,000) for putting overlong expiry dates on cooked chicken products at its site in Haughley Park, England.
Imagine H2O, a nonprofit organization that provides a path-to-market platform for early-stage water technology companies. announced Oct. 1 that it is accepting applications from water entrepreneurs worldwide for its 2013 Food & Agriculture Competition. The competition seeks to identify and support promising water innovations in the Food and Agriculture Sector.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) promised to introduce new food safety standards and assess and address risks, as stated by CAC Chairman Sanjay Dave at its golden jubilee celebrations, which took place in Mumbai recently.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and PathoGenetix have signed an agreement to evaluate the company’s Genome Sequence Scanning (GSS) technology for use in identifying strains of Shigatoxin-producing E. coli (STECs) and Salmonella enterica.
Today, the Food Marketing Institute and the United Fresh Produce Association announced a three-year agreement to co-locate the organizations’ respective trade shows: United Fresh 2014 and FMI Connect, the Global Food Retail Experience. Registration opens today for the June 10-13, 2014 events in Chicago.