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July 17, 2014
General Mills Adds ABC Laboratories to Its Approved Lab List

ABC Research Laboratories yesterday announced its acceptance as a General Mills Approved Laboratory for pesticide multi-residue analysis (MRA).

July 15, 2014
FSIS Adds Eight Newly Approved Technologies to New Technology Table

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today released the latest version of its New Technology Information Table, which summarizes some of the new technologies that the agency has received and reviewed, and for which FSIS has had "no objection" to use in FSIS establishments.

July 14, 2014
GFSI Takes a Stand against Food Fraud, Issues Position Paper

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) today released a position paper on food fraud mitigation. the paper includes new requirements to be met by for food companies looking to combat food fraud.

July 14, 2014
UK's FSA Revises Guidance on Controlling E. coli O157 Cross-Contamination

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced last week that it has revised and updated its guidance on E. coli O157 control of cross-contamination, taking into account the results from independent research into the effectiveness of disinfecting complex equipment, as well as the views of industry and local authority stakeholders.

July 14, 2014
As Ongoing Outbreaks Make Headlines, CDC Trumpets Antibiotic Resistance Data

One week after its initial release of data from 2012 showing that antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens is an ongoing public health threat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 10 issued a "Special Edition" newsletter promoting its report and touting what federal agencies are doing to improve food safety.

July 10, 2014
Researchers Find Cloths Transfer Salmonella during Tomato Harvesting

A new study by researchers at the University of Florida confirms that cloths used in harvesting of tomatoes shouldn’t be reused, as they can transfer Salmonella bacteria from one tomato to many others.

July 10, 2014
QC Laboratories Adopts Bio-Rad’s Food Pathogen Detection Solution

Bio-Rad Laboratories announced July 8 that QC Laboratories, an independent food testing laboratory, has selected Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Prep Automation Solution for detecting foodborne pathogens.

July 7, 2014
Congresswomen DeLauro, Slaughter Call for Shutdown of All Foster Farms Plants

Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) today issued a call for all Foster Farms poultry processing facilities to be shuttered until a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 600 people in 29 states is stopped. The Representatives also introduced legislation that would strengthen the ability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to recall meat, poultry, and egg products by clarifying the term "adulterated."

July 7, 2014
Foster Farms Recalls Chicken as 16-Month Salmonella Outbreak Continues

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.

July 3, 2014
CDC: Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens Remains Public Health Threat

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.

July 1, 2014
Mérieux NutriSciences Extends Reach by Acquiring Italy's TQF

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.

July 1, 2014
Aussie Researchers Find MLVA Helps Trace Foodborne Pathogens to Source

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.

June 27, 2014
UK FSA Study Details Food Poisoning Cases, Targets Campylobacter

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.

June 26, 2014
PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Examines FSMA Compliance Issues

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.

June 26, 2014
UK FSA Seeks More Input on Guidance for Allergen Labeling Rules

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.

June 25, 2014
FDA Guide Aims to Help Small Businesses Comply with Gluten-Free Labeling Reqs

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.

June 23, 2014
CDC Says E. coli Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef Is Over

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).

June 23, 2014
New Book Provides Comprehensive Approach to Food Safety Management

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.

June 20, 2014
FDA Reopens Comment Period on Reportable Food Registry Proposed Rule

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.”

June 19, 2014
FSIS Notice Details Beef Testing for Both Salmonella and E. coli

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.

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