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USDA-FSIS Issues Compliance Guide for Managing STEC in Cattle
August 18, 2014
USDA-FSIS Issues Compliance Guide for Managing STEC in Cattle

USDA-FSIS last week issued an updated version of the guidance document Pre-Harvest Management Controls and Intervention Options for Reducing Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Shedding in Cattle: An Overview of Current Research.

UK Health Officials Investigating National Salmonella Outbreak
August 18, 2014
UK Health Officials Investigating National Salmonella Outbreak

Public Health England (PHE) reported Aug. 15 that it is investigating a national outbreak of a type of Salmonella enteritidis that has affected 156 people.

Consumer Advocates Call Attention to Microbes on Grocery Checkstand Belts
August 18, 2014
Consumer Advocates Call Attention to Microbes on Grocery Checkstand Belts

A consumer advocacy organization has launched a campaign to put conveyor belts at supermarket checkout stands under the microscope — literally. Called Good Armor, the group recently issued a press release noting that "shoppers place billions of products on these contaminated belts each year, exposing foods to potentially harmful yeasts, molds, and coliform bacteria."

Pepsico's Mehmood Khan to Deliver Keynote at Tuskegee Lecture Series
August 15, 2014
Pepsico's Mehmood Khan to Deliver Keynote at Tuskegee Lecture Series

Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo’s chief scientific officer, will speak at Tuskegee University’s first George Washington Carver Lecture Series event on Oct. 30

USDA Beefs Up Procedures to Detect, Remove Unsafe Ground Beef
August 14, 2014
USDA Beefs Up Procedures to Detect, Remove Unsafe Ground Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service yesterday announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce, and find the root cause of the incident to prevent it from recurring.

Chia Seed-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Over, CDC Reports
August 14, 2014
Chia Seed-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Over, CDC Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported that an outbreak of salmonellosis that began in January and was linked to organic sprouted chia seed powder finally appears to be over.

Sysco Names Executive Team Following Proposed US Foods Merger
August 12, 2014
Sysco Names Executive Team Following Proposed US Foods Merger

Sysco Corporation last week announced the senior leaders who will guide the company upon completion of its proposed merger with US Foods.

AFDO to Develop Food Allergen Control Guidance for Retail, Foodservice Outlets
August 12, 2014
AFDO to Develop Food Allergen Control Guidance for Retail, Foodservice Outlets

The Association of Food & Drug Officials has assembled an Ad-hoc Committee that has been tasked with developing a guidance document for controlling food allergens in retail food and food service establishments.

USDA Researchers Seek to Reduce Allergenicity of Tree Nuts, Peanuts
August 11, 2014
USDA Researchers Seek to Reduce Allergenicity of Tree Nuts, Peanuts

For the millions of adults and children in the U.S. who have to shun nuts to avoid an allergic reaction, help could be on the way. Scientists are now developing a method to process cashews — and potentially other nuts — that could make them safer to eat for people who are allergic to them.

Wyoming Researchers Find Substance that Helps Listeria Survive
August 8, 2014
Wyoming Researchers Find Substance that Helps Listeria Survive

University of Wyoming researchers have discovered a substance that greatly increases the survival of Listeria monocytogenes. Researchers hope the discovery will lead to the development of techniques to better combat the pathogen and to improve food safety.

OSI Group Pulls Shanghai Husi-made Food Products from Chinese Outlets
August 8, 2014
OSI Group Pulls Shanghai Husi-made Food Products from Chinese Outlets

U.S. meat supplier OSI Group LLC is withdrawing products made in a Shanghai factory from undisclosed outlets in the wake of a food safety scare last month that hit fast food chains McDonald's and KFC.

PrimusLabs Receives ISO 17025 Accreditation
August 8, 2014
PrimusLabs Receives ISO 17025 Accreditation

PrimusLabs, provider of a comprehensive array of food safety services, has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Accreditation 17025:2005 for each of its U.S. microbiological laboratories.

NSF Survey Finds Consumers Confused about Food Expiration Dates
August 7, 2014
NSF Survey Finds Consumers Confused about Food Expiration Dates

A new survey by NSF International found that people are confused about how to interpret dates on food packaging such as expiration, “best used by” and “sell by” dates, causing many to keep some food dangerously long or to prematurely throw away good food.

NC State Researchers Develop Food Safety Social Media Guide
August 5, 2014
NC State Researchers Develop Food Safety Social Media Guide

To help protect public health, researchers from North Carolina State University have developed guidelines on how to use social media to communicate effectively about food safety.

IAFP Announces 2014 Award Recipients
August 4, 2014
IAFP Announces 2014 Award Recipients

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) last night presented its annual awards during its 2014 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Sodexo Inc. received the prestigious Black Pearl Award and four men were named IAFP Fellows.

Food Safety Fears Cause Consumers to Boycott Yum, McDonald's Restaurants in China
August 1, 2014
Food Safety Fears Cause Consumers to Boycott Yum, McDonald's Restaurants in China

Both McDonald's and Yum Brands report significant losses as food safety concerns have led many Chinese consumers to boycott the U.S.-owned restaurants. Both fast food chains, as well as Burger King, have dumped OSI Brands subsidiary Shanghai Husi Food Co. as a supplier and have scrambled to find new poultry and meat suppliers.

USDA Announces New Inspection System for Poultry Products
August 1, 2014
USDA Announces New Inspection System for Poultry Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday announced a long-awaited "re-focused" and "science-based" inspection system for chicken and turkey products, along with additional food safety requirements for poultry processors.

Cyclospora Infections Reported by 200 People in 19 States
August 1, 2014
Cyclospora Infections Reported by 200 People in 19 States

Health officials continue their search for a common food source in an ongoing Cyclospora outbreak that has affected 19 states and more than 200 people.

FSA Audits Give Passing Grades to 2 Sisters Poultry Plants
July 31, 2014
FSA Audits Give Passing Grades to 2 Sisters Poultry Plants

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) on July 29 reported that it had conducted detailed audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants in Scunthorpe (England) and Llangefni (Wales) on July 25, and that initial results showed the plant at Scunthorpe as "Good" and the plant at Llangefni as "Generally Satisfactory".

BioMerieux's Bacillus cereus Assay Receives AOAC Certification
July 31, 2014
BioMerieux's Bacillus cereus Assay Receives AOAC Certification

BioMérieux has been granted AOAC Research Institute approval for its TEMPO® BC automated test for the fast enumeration of Bacillus cereus group bacteria in food products.

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