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U.S. and Australian Food Safety Systems are “Comparable”
April 19, 2017
U.S. and Australian Food Safety Systems are “Comparable”

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new partnership with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Both parties now recognize each other’s food safety systems as “comparable”.

Trump’s Acting Solicitor Opposes High Court Review for DeCoster
April 18, 2017
Trump’s Acting Solicitor Opposes High Court Review for DeCoster

The Acting Solicitor General of the United States has filed “the brief of respondent United States in opposition” to any further Supreme Court review of terms of imprisonment for two egg producers under the so-called “responsible corporate officer” (RCO) doctrine—which is said to be a rare instance of strict supervisory liability in the criminal law.

 

General Mills Invests $16 Million in Food Safety
April 14, 2017
General Mills Invests $16 Million in Food Safety

Earlier this week, General Mills released its 2017 Global Responsibility Report. The annual document explains the brand’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates. One of the key highlights in this year’s report is that General Mills boosted its spending on food safety from $13 million in 2015 to $16 million in 2016.

Report: Foods in EU Mostly Pesticide-Free
April 13, 2017
Report: Foods in EU Mostly Pesticide-Free

New data out of the European Union (EU) shows that food consumed in that region is still mostly pesticide-free.

FSIS Expands Meat and Poultry Hotline Hours
April 7, 2017
FSIS Expands Meat and Poultry Hotline Hours

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) announced an expansion of its services to the general public--the Meat and Poultry Hotline.

FDA Announces Three Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule
April 5, 2017
FDA Announces Three Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule

Today, the FDA announced the publication of three waivers to the now final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

NASDA: $100M Needed Annually for Proper FSMA Implementation
April 4, 2017
NASDA: $100M Needed Annually for Proper FSMA Implementation

This week, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) issued a request to Congress regarding spending for fiscal year 2018.

USDA Funding Opportunity to Provide Safer Food, Reduce Water Use
March 31, 2017
USDA Funding Opportunity to Provide Safer Food, Reduce Water Use

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) had announced a new funding opportunity--the Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area.

Purdue Study: Listeria Can Thrive Inside Lettuce Tissue
March 30, 2017
Purdue Study: Listeria Can Thrive Inside Lettuce Tissue

According to a new study by Purdue University, Listeria monocytogenes can still thrive inside the tissue of romaine lettuce.

Colorado State Breaks Ground on $15 Million Food Safety Innovation Center
March 29, 2017
Colorado State Breaks Ground on $15 Million Food Safety Innovation Center

Colorado State University (CSU) has begun constructing the JBS Global Food Innovation Center. The $15 million state-of-the-art facility will focus on best practices in three distinct areas--food safety, meat sciences and animal handling and welfare.

FDA, USDA and CDC Map Out 5-Year Foodborne Illness Plan
March 27, 2017
FDA, USDA and CDC Map Out 5-Year Foodborne Illness Plan

Last week, a new Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 was unveiled by The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC)--a partnership that consists of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

U.S. Has No Beef with Spoiled Brazilian Meat
March 22, 2017
U.S. Has No Beef with Spoiled Brazilian Meat

After reports of inspectors taking bribes to allow the sale of contaminated food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now testing shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products originating from Brazil.

Trump’s Budget Cuts Leave Food Safety on Back Burner
March 17, 2017
Trump’s Budget Cuts Leave Food Safety on Back Burner

This week, President Donald Trump released an outline of his first federal budget. His 2018 budget plans include slashing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) funding by a whopping $4.7 billion.

Campylobacter Cases in UK Still Declining
March 15, 2017
Campylobacter Cases in UK Still Declining

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reported this week that there was a significant decline in the number of human cases of Campylobacter in 2016.

Trump to Nominate Big Pharma Ally Scott Gottlieb to Lead FDA
March 13, 2017
Trump to Nominate Big Pharma Ally Scott Gottlieb to Lead FDA

Gottlieb, 44, is a partner at a venture capitalist firm that focuses on healthcare investments and has a long history with both the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

FDA Shares Details on Soft Cheese Listeria Outbreak
March 10, 2017
FDA Shares Details on Soft Cheese Listeria Outbreak

Ouleout cheese from Vulto Creamery in Walton, NY has been identified as the most likely source of a Listeria outbreak that has sickened 6 people in 4 states. Two of those illnesses resulted in fatalities.

Tyson Foods: Avian Flu Outbreak Not a Food Safety or Human Health Concern
March 8, 2017
Tyson Foods: Avian Flu Outbreak Not a Food Safety or Human Health Concern

A Tennessee chicken farm that supplies meat to Tyson Foods is confirmed to have a deadly form of bird flu, prompting South Asia to reject imports of American chicken.

Tuskegee Researchers Secure Patent for PCR Assay That Differentiates Between Live and Dead Bacteria
March 6, 2017
Tuskegee Researchers Secure Patent for PCR Assay That Differentiates Between Live and Dead Bacteria

Researchers at Tuskegee University--a historically African American college in Alabama--have secured a patent for a faster and more efficient way to detect live bacteria that could contaminate the nation’s food supply.

Five State E. coli Outbreak Linked to Soy Nut Butter Product
March 3, 2017
Five State E. coli Outbreak Linked to Soy Nut Butter Product

An Escherichia coli (E. coli) outbreak in five states has prompted state and federal officials to investigate the origin of the foodborne illness.

 

 

CDC Releases New Data on Outbreaks Linked to Imported Foods
March 3, 2017
CDC Releases New Data on Outbreaks Linked to Imported Foods

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more imported foods--primarily fish and produce--are the cause of foodborne disease outbreaks.

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