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USDA Dedicates $9.4M to Farm Pest Management
November 17, 2016
USDA Dedicates $9.4M to Farm Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities.

FDA Halts Testing of Glyphosate, A Possible Carcinogen
November 14, 2016
FDA Halts Testing of Glyphosate, A Possible Carcinogen

Government testing of residues from glyphosate--an herbicide that kills weeds and has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization--has been put on hold by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In recent years, the presence of pesticides in foods has become a top concern for American consumers.

FDA Details Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Final Guidance with Q&A
November 10, 2016
FDA Details Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Final Guidance with Q&A

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced final guidance for industry for a voluntary, fee-based program to allow the expedited review and importation of foods into the U.S. from importers with a proven track record of food safety and security.

FSIS Strategic Plan Maps Out Five Year Food Safety Agenda
November 9, 2016
FSIS Strategic Plan Maps Out Five Year Food Safety Agenda

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to expand its testing in a 5-year strategic plan made public this month.

GFSI to Host Food Safety Industry at D.C. FSMA Briefing
November 7, 2016
GFSI to Host Food Safety Industry at D.C. FSMA Briefing

Policymakers, regulators and other food industry giants are meeting to discuss groundbreaking efforts in public-private collaboration for public health and international business.

EFSA: Pesticide Residues in Food Pose Low Consumer Risk
November 7, 2016
EFSA: Pesticide Residues in Food Pose Low Consumer Risk

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released its annual report on pesticide residues in food.

FDA: Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak Sent to Schools, Restaurants
November 4, 2016
FDA: Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak Sent to Schools, Restaurants

The FDA has discovered that recalled strawberry products may have still been served--particularly in schools and restaurants--in the weeks following an initial recall.

 

FSAI: Irish Consumers’ Salt Intake Still Too High
November 3, 2016
FSAI: Irish Consumers’ Salt Intake Still Too High

Today, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) published an update of its annual salt monitoring program, now in it’s 13th year.

Eggs from Poland Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Seven Countries
November 1, 2016
Eggs from Poland Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Seven Countries

From May 2016 through October 2016, at least seven countries have confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis, signaling a multi-country outbreak.

EU Food Lobbyists Support Continued Presence of Cancer-Causing Chemical in Food
October 27, 2016
EU Food Lobbyists Support Continued Presence of Cancer-Causing Chemical in Food

According to leaked documents, food safety officials in the EU have dropped legislation that was supposed to limit the use of acrylamide, an “extremely hazardous substance”, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a chemical that has been previously linked to cancer.

Pitt State Researchers Use Nanosensors to Detect E. coli in Water, Food
October 25, 2016
Pitt State Researchers Use Nanosensors to Detect E. coli in Water, Food

The chemistry department at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS) have come up with a new way to detect foodborne bacteria in food and water in less than an hour.

USDA Abandons Consumer Use Study as GMO Labeling Work Begins
October 25, 2016
USDA Abandons Consumer Use Study as GMO Labeling Work Begins

In the USDA’s solicitation for proposals from vendors interested in conducting necessary studies, the agency has made no mention of an originally planned consumer use study.

Most Canadian Leafy Herbs Pass Foodborne Pathogen Sampling Test
October 24, 2016
Most Canadian Leafy Herbs Pass Foodborne Pathogen Sampling Test

Leafy herbs were chosen as one of the priority food groups to undergo enhanced surveillance by the CFIA.

UK Lists Five Priorities for Hepatitis and Norovirus Research
October 21, 2016
UK Lists Five Priorities for Hepatitis and Norovirus Research

The results of a scientific workshop on foodborne illness have been published in Summary Report of Joint Scientific Workshop on Foodborne Viruses, a publication by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The workshop was a joint venture with the UK Food Standards Agency.

CDC: Multistate E. coli Outbreak Caused by Meat Products Appears to Be Over
October 20, 2016
CDC: Multistate E. coli Outbreak Caused by Meat Products Appears to Be Over

Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the end to an Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) outbreak caused by contaminated beef products.

Walmart Pledges $25M to Food Safety Research in China
October 19, 2016
Walmart Pledges $25M to Food Safety Research in China

Walmart Stores Inc., along with the Walmart Foundation, will invest $25 million to aid with food safety research in China.

 
Agricultural Groups Blast Food Companies for Recent Anti-GMO Efforts
October 19, 2016
Agricultural Groups Blast Food Companies for Recent Anti-GMO Efforts

Back in April, yogurt giant The Dannon Company announced plans to use more natural, nonsynthetic ingredients that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This move--to take place over a 3 year time span--was to apply to the company’s Dannon, Oikos and Danimals branded products. This week, Dannon, along with other unnamed companies, has been the recipient of industry criticism for the announcement made almost 6 months ago.

New Food Regulation Model in the Works for UK
October 17, 2016
New Food Regulation Model in the Works for UK

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is working on changing the way that food is regulated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Cookie Dough Ingredient Recall Expands to More Popular Brands
October 13, 2016
Cookie Dough Ingredient Recall Expands to More Popular Brands

Late last month, Blue Bell Creameries was hit with yet another product recall due to possible Listeria contamination. The ice cream’s cookie dough ingredient is believed to be the culprit. Now, the same recall includes one large grocery retailer, along with a popular brand of meal replacement bars and one more ice cream company.

EFSA Seeking New Stakeholders
October 11, 2016
EFSA Seeking New Stakeholders

EFSA is inviting eligible parties to register as official EFSA stakeholders.

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