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NSF Experts Say Elliott Report Key to Safeguarding UK Food Safety
September 17, 2014
NSF Experts Say Elliott Report Key to Safeguarding UK Food Safety

NSF International food safety experts say the challenge will be effective implementation of Elliott Review's recommendations, as food fraud is a global issue that will require international cooperation and action.

GMA, Chinese Food Industry Group to Partner on Food Safety
September 17, 2014
GMA, Chinese Food Industry Group to Partner on Food Safety

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Chinese National Food Industry Association (CNFIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to intensify their joint food safety efforts in China and the United States.

FDA, NASDA Ink Agreement to Implement Produce Safety Rule
September 17, 2014
FDA, NASDA Ink Agreement to Implement Produce Safety Rule

The U.S. FDA yesterday announced a new cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture that will provide funding and support necessary to determine the current foundation of state law and the resources needed by states to implement the produce safety rule, and will develop a timeline for successful implementation once the rule is finalized.

FDA's Taylor Stresses Industry / Government Cooperation to Enforce FSMA
September 15, 2014
FDA's Taylor Stresses Industry / Government Cooperation to Enforce FSMA

U.S. Food and Drug Association Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor on Sept. 10 told produce professionals that focusing on outcomes, rather than gathering evidence of violations, is part of FDA's new operational mandate for advancing food safety.

FSIS Extends Comment Period on Rules for Establishments that Grind Raw Beef
September 15, 2014
FSIS Extends Comment Period on Rules for Establishments that Grind Raw Beef

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Sept. 12 announced it is extending the comment period on a proposed rule regarding recordkeeping by all official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products.

To Chill or Not to Chill? No Global Consensus on Egg Safety
September 15, 2014
To Chill or Not to Chill? No Global Consensus on Egg Safety

The practice of washing and refrigerating eggs to enhance microbiological safety, although common in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, is not used in many other countries around the world. This report examines differences in egg safety practices among various nations.

Global Food Traceability Center Debuts Seafood Traceability Tool
September 9, 2014
Global Food Traceability Center Debuts Seafood Traceability Tool

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) yesterday announced the launch of a Seafood Traceability Financial Tool to help organizations in the seafood industry understand the costs and benefits of implementing traceability.

Silliker Implements Ridascreen Gliadin to Test Food for Gluten
September 8, 2014
Silliker Implements Ridascreen Gliadin to Test Food for Gluten

Silliker, a Merieux NutriSciences Company, last week announced it has expanded its repertoire of food allergen testing services by implementing the RIDASCREEN® R5 Gliadin test kit for gluten analysis in food.

Agencies, Food Firms Welcome National Food Safety Education Month
September 5, 2014
Agencies, Food Firms Welcome National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month, and a number of federal and local government agencies, as well as food companies and food industry associations have launched educational campaigns.

Bio-Rad Hosts Lunch and Learn at Arkansas Food Safety Conference
September 4, 2014
Bio-Rad Hosts Lunch and Learn at Arkansas Food Safety Conference

Bio-Rad Laboratories has announced it will host a Lunch and Learn next Friday, Sept. 12, during the Annual Educational Conference of the Arkansas Association for Food Protection and the American Society for Microbiology.

Perdue Foods Ends Use of Antibiotics in Chicken Hatcheries
September 4, 2014
Perdue Foods Ends Use of Antibiotics in Chicken Hatcheries

Perdue Foods yesterday announced that it has removed all antibiotics from its chicken hatcheries, an initiative that has taken five years to implement fully.

Canada Takes Steps to Modernize Its Food Safety System
September 3, 2014
Canada Takes Steps to Modernize Its Food Safety System

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently proposed a number of regulations to modernize and strengthen its food safety program.

Grocery Manufacturers Tout Initiative to Boost Transparency of Chemicals in Food
August 29, 2014
Grocery Manufacturers Tout Initiative to Boost Transparency of Chemicals in Food

In a bid to beat regulators to the punch, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents America’s largest food companies, on Aug. 27 announced a major initiative that will give the Food and Drug Administration access to a large database of safety information for chemicals commonly used in processed foods.

FDA to Strengthen Evaluation of Chemicals in Food and Feed
August 29, 2014
FDA to Strengthen Evaluation of Chemicals in Food and Feed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Aug. 28 announced that it is taking steps to strengthen its program to assess the safety of chemicals in foods and other products.

Russia's Food Safety Agency Closes More McDonald's Units
August 29, 2014
Russia's Food Safety Agency Closes More McDonald's Units

McDonald's Corp. said today that a total of 12 of its stores in Russia have been temporarily closed over the state food safety regulator's allegations of sanitary violations.

Food Safety Crucial to Fonterra's Deal with Chinese Maker of Infant Formula
August 27, 2014
Food Safety Crucial to Fonterra's Deal with Chinese Maker of Infant Formula

New Zealand-based Fonterra Cooperative Group today became the latest foreign company to bet that it could turn a profit by bringing safer food to China. Fonterra said it would spend more than $500 million in a deal with the Beingmate Baby and Child Food Company, a Chinese manufacturer of infant formula.

Rancho Feeding Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling Meat from Sick Cattle
August 26, 2014
Rancho Feeding Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling Meat from Sick Cattle

The co-owner of a shuttered Petaluma, CA slaughterhouse linked to a huge recall pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he helped sell meat from dairy cows with eye cancer and will work with prosecutors in their case against three others in the alleged scheme.

Agilent and Shimadzu Collaborate on Chromatography Instrument Control
August 25, 2014
Agilent and Shimadzu Collaborate on Chromatography Instrument Control

Agilent Technologies, Inc. and Shimadzu Corp. on Aug. 21 announced the release of gas chromatography (GC) instrument control for their respective Chromatography Data Systems (CDS).

Heinz Recall of Infant Cereal in China Highlights Traceability Challenges
August 25, 2014
Heinz Recall of Infant Cereal in China Highlights Traceability Challenges

U.S.-based H.J. Heinz Co. apologized to Chinese consumers last week and said it would tighten controls over suppliers after it was forced to recall some infant cereal from store shelves due to excess levels of lead.

Zink Assumes IAFP Presidency
August 22, 2014
Zink Assumes IAFP Presidency

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) today announced that Donald L. Zink became the association's president at the conclusion of its annual meeting, IAFP 2014, in Indianapolis earlier this month.

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