The USDA and California-based poultry processor Foster Farms announced July 3 that the company is recalling some of the raw chicken products linked to a 16-month-long outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections that has sickened more than 600 consumers in 27 states and Puerto Rico.
An analysis of foodborne illness data from 2012, published July 1 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens remains a serious public health threat.
Chicago-based Mérieux NutriSciences Corp. today announced it has acquired Total Quality Food Consultants, thereby expanding its global portfolio of regulatory, scientific and marketing services to the food and non-food industries.
Research from the University of Melbourne, Australia, suggests that a test called multi-locus variable number tandem repeats variable analysis (MLVA) could make it easier for public health investigators to determine if a case of food poisoning is an isolated incident or part of a larger outbreak.
New research published June 26 by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) provides a highly detailed picture of how many people suffer from food poisoning in the UK every year and how much food poisoning can be attributed to different foods.
Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent study from PMMI. The report details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.
The UK's Food Standards Agency is soliciting industry input on draft technical guidance geared to small and medium sized food businesses to help them meet upcoming EU regulations on food allergen labelling for prepacked foods and allergen information for non-prepacked foods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guide for small food businesses to help them comply with new federal requirements for the voluntary use of the term "gluten-free" on food products.
Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Final Update regarding a four-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7). In total, 12 cases were reported; 58% of those people were hospitalized, but none of them died, nor did anyone develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Food Safety Management: A Practical Guide for the Food Industry, a new book by Yasmine Motarjemi, presents an integrated, practical approach to the management of food safety throughout the production chain.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday reopened the comment period for an additional 60 days on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Amendments to the Reportable Food Registry (RFR) Provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday issued "Notice 28-14 - Analysis for Salmonella of All Beef Products Sampled for Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (STEC)." To be implemented starting June 29, the notice provides instructions for inspection personnel regarding sampling and analysis of raw ground beef for Salmonella and E. coli.
Wal-Mart Stores said on Tuesday that it will increase its spending on food safety in China to 300 million yuan ($48.32 million) in 2013, 2014 and 2015, up from a previously announced 100 million yuan in the same period.
UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an aggressive campaign to engage the public in preventing Campylobacter infections by stopping the common practice of washing chicken before cooking it.
Seventeen people in five states have been sickened by Escherichia coli after eating clover sprouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) announced Monday that it now offers food industry professionals more than 50 food safety courses that were designed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs University (ORAU).
Last week, after a letter from an U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official stating that the use of wooden shelves for cheese ripening "does not conform to cGMP requirements" went public, cheesemakers passionately defended the age-old practice. Then on June 11, the FDA clarified that it does not intend to ban wooden boards from being used in cheesemaking.
Four food industry associations whose members would be affected by Vermont's new mandatory labeling law for genetically engineered foods filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court challenging the measure's constitutionality.
The number of reported illnesses has risen to 55 in an outbreak of salmonellosis linked to chia seed-based products in both the U.S. and Canada, and several product recalls have been announced and extended. The outbreak has been reported in 12 states and four Canadian provinces, and infected persons have been found to have one of three distinct Salmonella strains: Salmonella Newport, Salmonella Hartford, or Salmonella Oranienburg.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a final rule setting standards for manufacturers of infant formula to help ensure that the formulas made for the U.S. market continue to be safe and support healthy growth for infants who consume formula.