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Whole Foods “Honestly Surprised” by Food Safety Violations
June 15, 2016
Whole Foods “Honestly Surprised” by Food Safety Violations

During a February inspection of a Whole Foods Market food packing and preparation facility in Everett, MA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found a number of what they referred to as “serious violations”, one of which includes conditions that could promote the growth of Listeria.

U.S. Sees First Signs of Superbug in Pigs, Human
June 15, 2016
U.S. Sees First Signs of Superbug in Pigs, Human

In March, the first signs of antibiotic resistance in a pig sample became apparent. This week, it was made public that last month, a second pig tested positive for bacteria resistant to antibiotics, bringing about concerns of a new superbug.

CRF Foods: FDA Reports Show Violations Since 2014
June 10, 2016
CRF Foods: FDA Reports Show Violations Since 2014

Inspection reports prove that problems at CRF’s Pasco, WA plant were rampant for well over a year before the company announced a widespread recall of their frozen food products.

Research: E. coli Still Survives After Ground Beef is Thoroughly Cooked
June 9, 2016
Research: E. coli Still Survives After Ground Beef is Thoroughly Cooked

Health Canada has long advised consumers to cook ground beef to 71 °C (equal to 159.8 °F). Now, researchers say that even this standard temperature recommendation might not kill all bacteria.

Former FDA Lead Shares New Food Security Mission
June 8, 2016
Former FDA Lead Shares New Food Security Mission

Mike Taylor’s planned departure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was announced by the agency in March. Today, Taylor has finally given some insight as to what he will do now that he is no longer the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

USDA Funds Help Schools to Secure Fresher, Safer Food
June 7, 2016
USDA Funds Help Schools to Secure Fresher, Safer Food

Congress appropriated nearly $200 million over the past six years for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) kitchen equipment grants, which have helped thousands of schools purchase needed upgrades.

Q&A with FDA's New Deputy Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff
June 2, 2016
Q&A with FDA's New Deputy Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a question and answer interview conducted with the agency's new Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Ostroff. Below are snippets from his commentary in relation to food safety the agency's upcoming plans.

General Mills Recalls 10 Million Pounds of Flour Due to E. coli
June 1, 2016
General Mills Recalls 10 Million Pounds of Flour Due to E. coli

Yesterday, General Mills announced a voluntary recall of 10 million pounds of flour after 38 people in 20 U.S. states fell ill due to Eschericia coli.

Regulators Ponder Recall Procedures for Online Food Sellers
May 31, 2016
Regulators Ponder Recall Procedures for Online Food Sellers

After more than 30 individuals have contracted Salmonella Virchow, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into whether or not they need to develop specific food recall and notification methods for online retailers.

GRAS Acrylamide-Reducing Baker’s Yeast Strain Gets OK from FDA
May 30, 2016
GRAS Acrylamide-Reducing Baker’s Yeast Strain Gets OK from FDA

Renaissance BioScience Corporation--a global yeast innovation company--has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) notice for its nonGMO, acrylamide-reducing (AR) baker’s yeast strain.

FDA Issues Final Food Defense Rule Under FSMA
May 26, 2016
FDA Issues Final Food Defense Rule Under FSMA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a new food safety rule under the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Reactions Vary After GAO Releases Meat & Poultry Worker Safety Report
May 25, 2016
Reactions Vary After GAO Releases Meat & Poultry Worker Safety Report

A new report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), has garnered mixed reactions on worker safety in the meat and poultry industry and whether or not it has improved enough over the last decade or so.

5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Released by FDA
May 24, 2016
5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Released by FDA

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of its 5th Annual Report for the Reportable Food Registry (RFR).

New Beef Labels to Help Consumers Avoid Foodborne Illness
May 23, 2016
New Beef Labels to Help Consumers Avoid Foodborne Illness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently started requiring meat processors to affix labels to their beef products indicating that it has been mechanically tenderized, along with safe cooking instructions for consumers to follow.

Genetically Modified Salmon Approved for Sale in Canada
May 20, 2016
Genetically Modified Salmon Approved for Sale in Canada

In Canada, genetically modified (GM) salmon has been approved for sale.

New Zealand Forms Food Safety Science and Research Center
May 19, 2016
New Zealand Forms Food Safety Science and Research Center

This week marks the launch of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Center at Massey University in Palmerston North--a city in New Zealand.

Report: Genetically Modified Crops Pose No Health Risks
May 18, 2016
Report: Genetically Modified Crops Pose No Health Risks

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has discovered that, after extensive research, there is no distinct difference between food crops that are genetically modified (GM) and those that are conventionally grown.

Call for Abstracts: The 2017 Partnership for Food Safety Education Conference
May 16, 2016
Call for Abstracts: The 2017 Partnership for Food Safety Education Conference

A call for abstracts has been issued by The Partnership for Food Safety Education for the Advancing Food Safety Through Behavior Change--the sixth in a series of national consumer food safety education conferences.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Qualified Facilities Under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rules
May 13, 2016
FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Qualified Facilities Under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the publication of draft guidance to assist qualified facilities in complying with the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule or the Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Meijer Wins IAFP’s Prestigious Black Pearl Award
May 13, 2016
Meijer Wins IAFP’s Prestigious Black Pearl Award

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has chosen Meijer--a Midwestern, family-owned, privately-held superstore--as the Black Pearl Award recipient for 2016.

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