The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has released the first edition of its Food Safety Auditor Competencies on the GFSI website, which are freely available for download by any interested stakeholders. The framework is the culmination of three years of work by the multi?disciplinary GFSI Auditor Competence Working Group, which was mandated by the GFSI Board to define generic food safety auditor competencies underpinning GFSI-benchmarked schemes, and the mechanisms by which they can be assessed and verified.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today made available its Second Biennial Report to Congress on the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), as required by Section 202 (b) of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Third-quarter food recalls enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have doubled compared to the second quarter. Supporting data were reported by Stericycle ExpertRECALL in its quarterly ExpertRECALL™ Index.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the availability of presentations from two recent public meetings about proposed rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies, pursuant to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period on two proposed rules: “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” (FSVPs) and “Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications” (Third-Party) that appeared in the July 29, 2013 Federal Register. Comments on these two proposed rules as well as comments on the information collection provisions associated with these rules may be submitted until Jan. 27, 2014. Comments were originally due by Nov. 26, 2013.
The Tesco supermarket chain on Nov. 15 announced it is recalling its own-brand chocolate ice-cream cones from stores in the UK and Ireland, after painkillers were found in two individual cones. The novelties were supplied by R&R Ice Cream.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Nov. 20 announced that it has suspended the operating license of Establishment 457, Salaison Levesque Inc., effective Nov. 18, 2013. Salaison Levesque Inc. is a ready-to-eat meat processing establishment located in Montreal, Quebec.
The Scottish Government announced last Friday that it is enacting new laws to protect consumers in the wake of the recent European horsemeat scandal.
The Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) announced last Friday that its Food Security Summit, slated for Nov. 26 and 27 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, will go ahead as planned — with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan acting as a sobering backdrop. The summit will provide a key opportunity for discussions, networking and fundraising to promote concrete solutions for tackling food insecurity in Asia and the Pacific.
Agendas for the upcoming FSMA public meetings on the Proposed Rule to Establish Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals are now available.
Initiative 522 on the November 2013 Washington state ballot, if passed, would have required labeling of genetically engineered foods on the packaging of raw agricultural commodities, processed foods and seed and seed stock, or on retail shelf signage for unpackaged products.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Elisabeth Hagen, Agriculture Under Secretary for Food Safety, announced Nov. 15 that Hagen is leaving USDA to take a job in the private sector,
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 14 issued a draft guidance document on acrylamide in foods and is soliciting comments on the document.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) today announced that it is extending to Nov. 22 (next Friday) the public comment period on the agency's proposed rule on produce safety and preventive controls for human food, due to technical difficulties with the Regulations.gov website.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 13 announced that it has published the 2013 Food Code (eighth edition). The Food Code establishes practical, science-based guidance for mitigating risk factors that are known to cause or contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks associated with retail and foodservice establishments.
The head of food safety at a Rhode Island sausage company at the center of a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2009 has helped design a new food industry training program at Rhode Island College.The program, to begin in fall 2014, will combine food chemistry and microbiology with practical training in areas such as designing an emergency response plan and managing a food safety crisis.
On Nov. 10, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) publicly denounced what he described as USDA's plan "to allow chickens that are raised and processed in China to be sold [in the U.S.]" Yesterday, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a statement denying that the agency has found China's poultry slaughter system to be equivalent
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 10 announced that it is collaborating with public health officials in California, Washington, and Arizona; USDA-FSIS; and the FDA to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections. The infections have been linked to ready-to-eat salads produced by Glass Onion Catering, a business of RIchmond, CA-based Atherstone Foods.
Robert Mills, an experienced food safety and quality expert, recently joined GlobalG.A.P. North America as vice president, technical services and training. G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice, and Baltimore-based GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standards organization that assures Good Agricultural Practice.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The FDA’s preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels.