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FDA to Hold FSMA Meetings in CA, NJ and MI Next Month
May 6, 2016
FDA to Hold FSMA Meetings in CA, NJ and MI Next Month

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold three separate 1-day meetings in relation to the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FDA Recognizes Canada as Having a Comparable Food Safety System to the U.S.
May 4, 2016
FDA Recognizes Canada as Having a Comparable Food Safety System to the U.S.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Department of Health Canada have all signed an arrangement acknowledging that each of the agencies’ food safety systems are comparable to one another.

DOJ Launches Dole Listeria Investigation
May 4, 2016
DOJ Launches Dole Listeria Investigation

Dole Food Company is officially under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice following a Listeria outbreak that claimed the lives of four people and sickened at least 29 others in the U.S. and Canada.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Issues Recall for Mispackaging, Undeclared Allergens
May 4, 2016
Blue Bell Ice Cream Issues Recall for Mispackaging, Undeclared Allergens

Blue Bell Ice Cream is back in the spotlight after issuing a recall due to mispackaging and undeclared allergens.

CDC Update: Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables
May 4, 2016
CDC Update: Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on the multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to frozen vegetables.

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Menu Labeling
May 3, 2016
FDA Issues Final Guidance on Menu Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the publication of a new final guidance for industry: A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods – Part II (Menu Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11).

FDA Report: Dole Officials Knew About Listeria in Facility
April 29, 2016
FDA Report: Dole Officials Knew About Listeria in Facility

Company officials knew a Dole salad plant was contaminated with Listeria for a year and a half before they shut it down — then they only took action after the U.S. and Canadian governments traced a deadly outbreak to the facility.

Dannon Yogurt Brand Commits to GMO-Free Products and Labels Before 2018
April 28, 2016
Dannon Yogurt Brand Commits to GMO-Free Products and Labels Before 2018

This week, major yogurt brand Dannon announced plans that will improve the company’s sustainable agriculture practices for its milk supply, increase transparency for its portfolio of products and evolve to more natural and fewer ingredients for Dannon’s three flagship brands--Dannon, Oikos and Danimals.

EFSA: Eating Apricot Kernels Can Lead to Cyanide Poisoning
April 27, 2016
EFSA: Eating Apricot Kernels Can Lead to Cyanide Poisoning

According to new information released by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the consumption of apricot kernels could result cyanide poisoning.

Infant Arsenic Levels Still High After FDA’s Proposed Limit
April 26, 2016
Infant Arsenic Levels Still High After FDA’s Proposed Limit

On April 1st, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in infant rice milk. Now, even after that proposal, a new study  claims that babies who consume rice cereals and similar products had higher concentrations of arsenic in their urine compared to babies who had not consumed rice products.

Research: Soy Can Reduce Microbial Pathogens and Foodborne Illness
April 26, 2016
Research: Soy Can Reduce Microbial Pathogens and Foodborne Illness

Researchers at Ontario, Canada’s University of Guelph have discovered that soy isoflavones and peptides may inhibit the growth of microbial pathogens that cause foodborne illness.

 

John Larkin to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award
April 25, 2016
John Larkin to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine announced this week that John Larkin, Ph.D., will receive the magazine's Distinguished Service Award at the 2016 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 31–August 3 in St. Louis, MO.

Genetically Modified Mushrooms One Step Closer to Store Shelves
April 21, 2016
Genetically Modified Mushrooms One Step Closer to Store Shelves

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided that it will not regulate the cultivation or sale of a genetically modified mushroom.

FSA Suspends Quarterly Campylobacter Retail Survey
April 20, 2016
FSA Suspends Quarterly Campylobacter Retail Survey

For the past year, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been running a survey to measure the amount of Campylobacter in chickens for sale in local grocery stores. Due to changes in how chickens are processed, the agency has now announced that it will suspend testing for the time being.

New Legislation: Food Safety Whistleblowers Now Protected by Law
April 20, 2016
New Legislation: Food Safety Whistleblowers Now Protected by Law

By way of the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the administration of President Barack Obama has initiated a new rule by which food safety whistleblowers will be protected from retaliation.

NIFA Pledges $4 Million to Pest Control and Improved Food Security
April 19, 2016
NIFA Pledges $4 Million to Pest Control and Improved Food Security

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has pledged $4 million to support research and extension efforts to reduce pest related issues and increase crop protection practices for the agricultural industry.

CDC: Faster Testing Methods Pose Problems for Foodborne Illness Detection
April 15, 2016
CDC: Faster Testing Methods Pose Problems for Foodborne Illness Detection

A newly published report shows proof that while changes in the tests that diagnose foodborne illness do help to identify infections faster, they could soon pose challenges to finding outbreaks and monitoring progress toward preventing foodborne disease.

EFSA Report: Chemical Used on Cherries Could Be Harmful to Humans
April 13, 2016
EFSA Report: Chemical Used on Cherries Could Be Harmful to Humans

Dimethoate is an insecticide commonly used on crops such as cherries as a protection barrier to keep insects at bay. However, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has advised European Union (EU) policymakers in a new report that the chemical could be harmful to humans.

Judge Rules PCA Defendants Will Not Pay Salmonella Outbreak Victims
April 8, 2016
Judge Rules PCA Defendants Will Not Pay Salmonella Outbreak Victims

This week, a federal judge ruled that the four primary defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case will not be required to pay restitution to their victims who were affected by a deadly Salmonella outbreak.

FDA Finalizes Rule to Ensure Food Safety During Transport
April 5, 2016
FDA Finalizes Rule to Ensure Food Safety During Transport

A new food safety rule has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help prevent food contamination during its transport.

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