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Sticky Situation: ConAgra to Pay $11.2 Million for Shipping Contaminated Peanut Butter
May 20, 2015
Sticky Situation: ConAgra to Pay $11.2 Million for Shipping Contaminated Peanut Butter

A precedent-setting punishment has been handed down to ConAgra Grocery Products--a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods--for shipping Salmonella contaminated Peter Pan brand and Walmart’s Great Value private label peanut butter products in 2006.

Kirby to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award
May 20, 2015
Kirby to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine announced this week that Connie Kirby, M.Sc., will receive the magazine's Distinguished Service Award at the 2015 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 25–28 in Portland, OR. 

WTO Slaughters U.S. Meat Labeling Plans... Again
May 18, 2015
WTO Slaughters U.S. Meat Labeling Plans... Again

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled for a fourth time against the U.S. in regards to mandatory country-of-origin meat labeling, citing that such labeling puts countries like Canada and Mexico at a disadvantage.

 

USDA Plans for Voluntary GMO Certification and Labeling
May 15, 2015
USDA Plans for Voluntary GMO Certification and Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has devised a new, voluntary certification and labeling program for foods that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 

FoodNet Report Shows Mixed Bag of Foodborne Illness Trends
May 15, 2015
FoodNet Report Shows Mixed Bag of Foodborne Illness Trends

New federal data released by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) show little improvement in terms of foodborne illnesses compared to previous years. The 2014 Food Safety Progress Report compares foodborne outbreaks with data collected from 2006 to 2008, and 2011 to 2013.

 

UK's "Chicken Challenge" to Address Campylobacter Crisis
May 14, 2015
UK's "Chicken Challenge" to Address Campylobacter Crisis

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is on a mission to fight Campylobacter--an infectious disease typically caused by eating raw or undercooked poultry.

PBS Documentary Paints Grim Picture of Salmonella in Chicken; Expedites Food Safety Bill
May 14, 2015
PBS Documentary Paints Grim Picture of Salmonella in Chicken; Expedites Food Safety Bill

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has officially introduced the Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act to Congress after a PBS documentary on Salmonella aired earlier this week.

 

New Labeling for Mechanically Tenderized Beef Set for May 2016
May 13, 2015
New Labeling for Mechanically Tenderized Beef Set for May 2016

Raw or partially cooked beef products that have undergone mechanical tenderization will now require new labeling, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Survey: Food Safety is Retailers' "Biggest Fear"
May 13, 2015
Survey: Food Safety is Retailers' "Biggest Fear"

The first-ever Fresh Foods Survey conducted by Supermarket News has revealed that food safety is by far retailers’ greatest concern--50 percent of survey respondents said that food safety is one of their “biggest fears”.

 

Tyson Foods Wins IAFP's 2015 Black Pearl Award
May 11, 2015
Tyson Foods Wins IAFP's 2015 Black Pearl Award

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has chosen Springdale, AR-based Tyson Foods, Inc.--one of the world’s largest meat processors--for its 2015 Black Pearl Award. The award will be presented at IAFP’s Annual Meeting in Portland, OR this summer.

Pure Irony: Maryland Health Official Recaps Foodborne Outbreak Investigation at Last Year’s Food Safety Summit
May 8, 2015
Pure Irony: Maryland Health Official Recaps Foodborne Outbreak Investigation at Last Year’s Food Safety Summit

Alvina Chu from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene give an in-depth summary of how state and local officials investigated the foodborne outbreak that occurred during last year's Food Safety Summit.

FDA Says Blue Bell Listeria Contamination Dates Back to March 2013
May 7, 2015
FDA Says Blue Bell Listeria Contamination Dates Back to March 2013

Reports released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)--along with documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle--show that Blue Bell Creameries knew about Listeria contamination in their production facilities in March 2013, but they failed to take action to prevent an outbreak from occurring.

Jeni's Ice Cream Pinpoints Origin of Listeria Contamination
May 7, 2015
Jeni's Ice Cream Pinpoints Origin of Listeria Contamination

After a recall of all its products in April, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams conducted swab testing and has officially identified the source of its Listeria outbreak--a machine spout location in one of the company’s production facilities in Columbus, OH.

 

China Proposes Tougher Punishments for Food Safety Violators
May 6, 2015
China Proposes Tougher Punishments for Food Safety Violators

Last week, China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress voted to amend its current food safety law in an effort to enforce stricter punishments for violations as well as more stringent rules and regulations regarding infant formula. The amendment is planned for enforcement on October 1, 2015.

Revisions to ISO 22000 on Food Safety Management Planned for 2017
May 5, 2015
Revisions to ISO 22000 on Food Safety Management Planned for 2017

Revisions to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000 are in the works as new food safety management requirements are set to be published in 2017, which will be 12 years after the standard was first published.

 

Senators, Food Industry Groups Call for More FSMA Funding
May 1, 2015
Senators, Food Industry Groups Call for More FSMA Funding

On the heels of a high-profile Listeria outbreak and the recall of all Blue Bell ice cream products, seven Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday called on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by approving President Obama’s request for an additional $109.5 million to implement the law.

Tyson Foods Joins Flock of Brands Eliminating Antibiotics in Chicken
April 29, 2015
Tyson Foods Joins Flock of Brands Eliminating Antibiotics in Chicken

Tyson Foods announced this week that they plan to completely eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its chicken flocks by the end of September 2017.

20 Year Old FSIS Food Safety Program Analyzed in New Report
April 28, 2015
20 Year Old FSIS Food Safety Program Analyzed in New Report

A new report released by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) alleges that a 20 year old food safety program initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has not performed as planned.

 

Listeria in Ice Cream: Expert Analysis
April 24, 2015
Listeria in Ice Cream: Expert Analysis

Food Safety Magazine spoke with Dr. Lynne McLandsborough to discuss the implications of Blue Bell Creameries’ massive product recall this week.

 

EU Proposal: Member States Can Opt Out of GMO Use Within Their Food Chain
April 23, 2015
EU Proposal: Member States Can Opt Out of GMO Use Within Their Food Chain

This week, the European Commission announced that when it comes to GMOs, “the need for changes that reflect public views and allow national governments to have a greater say on the use of European Union (EU)-authorized GMOs for animal (feed) or human (food) consumption.”

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