Food Safety Magazine

November 17, 2014

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USDA Awards $19 Million in Food Safety Grants to U.S. Universities
April 1, 2015
USDA Awards $19 Million in Food Safety Grants to U.S. Universities

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $19 million worth of funds awarded to 36 grantees for the purpose of “ensuring safe and nutritious food supply while maintaining American agricultural competitiveness.”

CFIA Inspection Staff Cuts Impacting Quality of Canadian Meat
March 31, 2015
CFIA Inspection Staff Cuts Impacting Quality of Canadian Meat

At a new conference this week, the Agriculture Union (AU) revealed that meat sold within Canadian borders is not as thoroughly inspected as meat that is exported, creating a “double standard”.

Ghana’s Food Safety Policy Draft Adopted by Industry Stakeholders
March 31, 2015
Ghana’s Food Safety Policy Draft Adopted by Industry Stakeholders

A new national food safety policy for the West African country of Ghana has been adopted by food industry stakeholders in an effort to protect consumers and to ensure that exported food items are indeed safe.

 

Consumers Union Asks Federal Agencies to Address Pesticides Classified as "Carcinogenic to Humans"
March 30, 2015
Consumers Union Asks Federal Agencies to Address Pesticides Classified as "Carcinogenic to Humans"

The Consumers Union (CU) has formally raised concerns about the use of pesticides on produce and their impact on human health (workers, consumers and especially children) and the environment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Announces 2015 Food Safety Workshops
March 27, 2015
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Announces 2015 Food Safety Workshops

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has announced its 2015 food safety training for the dairy industry.

Food Labeling Bill Gains Support from GMA
March 26, 2015
Food Labeling Bill Gains Support from GMA

The Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act presented by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) has gained support from the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA).

IUFoST Report Declares Most Vulnerable Foodborne Illness Victims
March 24, 2015
IUFoST Report Declares Most Vulnerable Foodborne Illness Victims

The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) has released its latest Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB).

FDA: Genetically Engineered Apples and Potatoes are Safe, Nutritious
March 20, 2015
FDA: Genetically Engineered Apples and Potatoes are Safe, Nutritious

After evaluating a diverse assortment of genetically engineered apples and potatoes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided that these foods are completely safe for human consumption, and are just as nutritious as their conventional counterparts.

 

Food Safety Testing Market to Surpass $15 Million by 2019
March 19, 2015
Food Safety Testing Market to Surpass $15 Million by 2019

MarketsandMarkets--a global market research firm--has found that the food safety testing market will be worth more than $15 million by 2019.

New Zealand and Vietnam Sign Joint Food Safety Agreement
March 19, 2015
New Zealand and Vietnam Sign Joint Food Safety Agreement

New Zealand and Vietnam have entered a joint Food Safety Cooperation Arrangement aimed at promoting recognition and consistency between the regulatory systems of the two countries.

Global Food Safety Conference 2015 Meeting Wrap Up
March 18, 2015
Global Food Safety Conference 2015 Meeting Wrap Up

Food Safety Magazine, media sponsor and participant at the 2015 GFSI conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, distills the key takeaways from this annual global conference on food safety.

Study: Peanuts May Help to Ward Off Some Foodborne Illnesses
March 18, 2015
Study: Peanuts May Help to Ward Off Some Foodborne Illnesses

Eating the skinless inner kernels of peanuts may improve a person’s gut flora and its ability to ward off E. coli and Salmonella, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland published in the Journal of Food Science.

New Food Quality Management System Module Published
March 17, 2015
New Food Quality Management System Module Published

On 26 February 2015, FSSC 22000 published FSSC 22000-Q--a brand new and voluntary module for the certification of Food Quality Management Systems (QMS) in compliance with ISO 9001:2008.

Costco Canada's Fish Import License Suspended
March 17, 2015
Costco Canada's Fish Import License Suspended

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended Costco Canada’s fish import license, claiming that the retailer is not consistently adhering to food safety regulations.

Hong Kong Finds Radioactive Contamination in Sample of Japanese Tea
March 12, 2015
Hong Kong Finds Radioactive Contamination in Sample of Japanese Tea

A sample of powdered tea imported from the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, just southeast of Tokyo, had 0.93 percent of the legal maximum level of radioactive cesium 137 allowed in food, the Hong Kong government announced late Thursday evening.

KSU Researchers Evaluate the Cost of Meat and Poultry Recalls
March 12, 2015
KSU Researchers Evaluate the Cost of Meat and Poultry Recalls

Kansas State University (KSU) conducted a study, Costs of Meat and Poultry Recalls to Food Firms, using stock market prices and other data originating between 1994 and 2013 to determine how a company’s bottom line is ultimately affected when a meat or poultry recall arises.

KFC Facing Pressure to Change Chicken Following McDonald's Announcement
March 12, 2015
KFC Facing Pressure to Change Chicken Following McDonald's Announcement

After last week’s announcement that McDonald’s will phase out their use of antibiotics in chickens, KFC--the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants--is facing mounting pressure to also alter the way their chickens are raised.

NAMIF Updates "Yellow Pages" Meat and Poultry Resource Guide
March 11, 2015
NAMIF Updates "Yellow Pages" Meat and Poultry Resource Guide

The North American Meat Institute Foundation (NAMIF) released an updated version of its popular Yellow Pages, a meat and poultry resource guide that provides important consumer information and answers to commonly asked questions about the meat supply, preparation and cooking and nutrition.  

 

IFSAC Report: Most Salmonella Caused by Seeded Vegetables, Not Meat
March 9, 2015
IFSAC Report: Most Salmonella Caused by Seeded Vegetables, Not Meat

Based on a joint federal food study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the primary source of Salmonella poisoning was seeded vegetables, not meat as many might have assumed.

McDonald's Chicken to be Antibiotic-Free Within Two Years
March 6, 2015
McDonald's Chicken to be Antibiotic-Free Within Two Years

After a number of failed marketing and rebranding efforts, McDonald’s––one of the biggest purchasers of chicken in the U.S.––has announced that they will begin phasing out the use of antibiotics in their chicken at U.S. locations.

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