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August 23, 2013
Allergen Training for Restaurateurs: NRA Webinars Begin August 26

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) will hold a series of webinars, set for Aug. 26, Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, to educate restaurateurs on how to accommodate diners with food allergies.

August 22, 2013
Produce Group Hosts FSMA Webinars, Explains Foreign Supplier Verification

The Produce Marketing Association is offering new resources to help the global fresh produce industry understand the U.S. government's latest proposed rules to implement the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. Resources include English and Spanish summaries of FDA’s proposed rule for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors, plus bilingual, produce-specific webinars explaining the proposed rule.

August 21, 2013
Britain's Pork Producers Fear Retailers May Provoke 'Next Food Scandal'

Britain's National Pig Association (NPA) has issued a statement saying that the group "is worried that the foundations for the next food scandal are already being laid by some retailers as they edge away from the shorter supply chains they promised following Horsegate." NPA has noted a number of pork, bacon and gammon lines being switched back to imported product, because it is marginally cheaper.

August 13, 2013
Taylor Farms Suspends Production of Salad Mix and Leafy Greens at Mexico Facility Linked to Cyclospora

On August 12, 2013 Taylor Farms de Mexico officially informed the FDA that, as of August 9, 2013, the company voluntarily suspended production and shipment of any salad mix, leafy green, or salad mix components from its operations in Mexico to the United States. The firm has committed to not resume production and shipping of these products from its operations in Mexico without FDA’s approval. To date only the salad mix has been implicated in the outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Iowa and Nebraska.

August 20, 2013
Fallout from UK Horsemeat Scandal Prompts Meat Trader to Sue ABP

The owner of a meat trading company is to sue the factory at the centre of the horsemeat contamination scandal for defamation. Martin McAdam of McAdam Food Products claims the ABP Food group deliberately made defamatory allegations about him and his business.

August 21, 2013
Food Safety, Wildlife Oversight Butt Heads in California

In the wake of a recent lawsuit against a Salinas Valley grower alleging responsibility for an E. coli-related death, and an ongoing outbreak of sickness caused by a parasite found in bagged salad from a facility operated by a Taylor Farms subsidiary in Mexico, growers are under increasing pressure to extend animal buffer zones around their crops. That, say wildlife advocates, is unnecessary and is harming the environment.

August 21, 2013
Fonterra Contamination Issues Pique New Zealanders' Food Safety Fears

New Zealand must implement interim food-safety measures to guarantee its exports are safe and contamination free, the opposition demanded on August 21 after news of another incident involving Fonterra.

August 21, 2013
FDA to Study, Report on Environmental Impact of Proposed Produce Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 16 announced its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess the potential environmental effects of the proposed rule, “Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”

August 21, 2013
Chinese Consumers Say Food Safety Is Number One Concern

Food safety topped a recent list of public concerns in China, according to a report developed by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory of Jiao Tong University. The report showed that "illegal additives, poor hygiene, and unsafe materials in the manufacturing process [of food]," have caused more concern than anything else over the past year.

August 19, 2013
Judge Issues Injunction to Block FDA from Extending FSMA Deadlines Again

Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton has sided with the Center for Food Safety again; on August 13 she told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that there can be no more extensions of rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules should have been completed last July, but there have been delays at the Office of Management and Budget, and the FDA has extended comment periods several times.

August 16, 2013
Survey Says: Consumer Concern Over Food Safety Rising

General public concern about food safety has shown a marked increase over the past two years, according to a recent survey by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. In a poll conducted in mid-July, Technomic found that 40 percent of consumers were “extremely concerned” about food safety issues in restaurants.

Survey Says: Consumer Concern Over Food Safety Rising

General public concern about food safety has shown a marked increase over the past two years, according to a recent survey by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. In a poll conducted in mid-July, Technomic found that 40 percent of consumers were “extremely concerned” about food safety issues in restaurants.

August 16, 2013
FSIS Issues Directive Regarding Foreign Audits of U.S. Inspection System

FSIS on August 15 published Directive 9000.8, Audits of the U.S. Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection System by Officials of Foreign Countries. The document provides instructions to FSIS personnel for planning, organizing, and working with officials of foreign countries when they audit the U.S. inspection system for meat, poultry, or egg products establishments.

August 15, 2013
New Report Analyzes Growth Prospects for Global Food Safety Testing Market

Now available from Reportlinker.com is the new market research report, "Global Food Safety Testing Market Analysis," published by the Indian firm RNCOS. The report concludes that regulatory amendments and technological developments bode well for prodigious growth in the market.

August 14, 2013
2011 Food Safety Issue Comes Back to Haunt Herbalife

The attorney general of New York State has subpoenaed a former Herbalife employee to produce internal documents about a 2011 food safety problem —  fine shards of metal were detected in the company's Formula 1 nutrition shake as it left the production line at a California processing plant.

August 14, 2013
Chicago Health Authorities Monitoring Tweets that Report Foodborne Illness

Since April 2013, the Chicago Department of Public Health has been using an automated application, called Foodborne Chicago, to search Twitter for posts that include the words "food poisoning" by people who identify themselves as Chicagoans. The health department then contacts some of those people to obtain more information, which in some cases triggers restaurant inspections; in turn, some of those inspections have uncovered violations.

August 8, 2013
FDA Prolongs Public Comment Period for Proposed Rules on Food and Produce Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) Administration published Federal Register notices on August 8 to extend the comment periods on the proposed rules for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption by 60 days — until November 15, 2013. The extension of the comment period also applies to the information collection provisions associated with the proposed rules.

August 13, 2013
Codex Alimentarius Seeks Data on Deoxyynivalenol, Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid

The international standards group Codex Alimentarius has established two new Electronic Working Groups — one to address Deoxyynivalenol (DON) Maximum Limits and another to develop a Code of Practice to prevent and reduce contamination in food and feed by Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid — both of which have issued Calls for Data.

August 12, 2013
Salmonellosis Outbreak Affects 307 People; CDC Names Live Poultry as Source

A total of 307 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 37 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on August 9.

August 9, 2013
NSF Int'l Study Finds Kitchen Tools Hold onto Foodborne Pathogens

NSF International's Applied Research Center (ARC) has released the 2013 NSF International Household Germ Study, revealing that many common kitchen items harbor unsafe levels of E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, yeast and mold.

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