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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.

FSA's Country of Origin of Food Study Finds No Misleading Claims
July 29, 2014
FSA's Country of Origin of Food Study Finds No Misleading Claims

The United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency (FSA) today published the results of a study to look at the origin of foods claiming to be from the UK and Ireland. The study did not identify any cases of food on sale with misleading country of origin claims.

Trial to Begin This Week for Peanut Corp. of America Officials
July 28, 2014
Trial to Begin This Week for Peanut Corp. of America Officials

Three former Peanut Corporation of America executives who are accused of scheming to manufacture and ship Salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.

Texas Health Officials Investigating Rash of Cyclosporiasis Cases
July 24, 2014
Texas Health Officials Investigating Rash of Cyclosporiasis Cases

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) yesterday reported that a recent surge in reports of illnesses caused by the parasite Cyclospora — 69 in the last month — has prompted the agency to launch an investigation.

Roka Bioscience Wraps Up Initial Public Offering on NASDAQ
July 23, 2014
Roka Bioscience Wraps Up Initial Public Offering on NASDAQ

Roka Bioscience, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on providing advanced testing solutions for foodborne pathogens, on July 17 announced its initial public offering of five million shares of its common stock at $12 per share.

China's Food Safety Scare Persists, Pulls in Starbucks and Burger King
July 22, 2014
China's Food Safety Scare Persists, Pulls in Starbucks and Burger King

Reports of unsanitary conditions at a Shanghai meat supplier's plant has caused a food safety scare that is affecting McDonald's, Yum Brands' KFC and Pizza Hut units, Burger King, and Starbucks in China.

No News Is Good News in European Horse Meat Tests
July 22, 2014
No News Is Good News in European Horse Meat Tests

The latest round of industry and European Union (EU) testing published today found no horse meat DNA in meat products at or above the 1% reporting threshold, according to the UK's Food Standards Agency.

FDA Warns Public: Powdered Caffeine Can Be Deadly
July 21, 2014
FDA Warns Public: Powdered Caffeine Can Be Deadly

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the recent death of an Ohio teen who consumed the "dietary supplement."

Sysco Fined $19.4 Million for Storing Perishables in Unrefrigerated Sheds
July 21, 2014
Sysco Fined $19.4 Million for Storing Perishables in Unrefrigerated Sheds

NBC Bay Area reported today that, following its investigation into Sysco Corporation’s food storage practices, California officials will fine the food distribution company $19.4 million for "illegal and unsafe" practices.

Yum Brands, McDonald's Drop Supplier after Food Safety Scare in China
July 21, 2014
Yum Brands, McDonald's Drop Supplier after Food Safety Scare in China

A TV report showing unsanitary conditions at a Shanghai meat supplier's plant has caused a food safety scare for KFC (a unit of Yum Brands) and McDonald's in China.

USDA's FSIS Revises Laboratory Method for Campylobacter Testing
July 18, 2014
USDA's FSIS Revises Laboratory Method for Campylobacter Testing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that it has removed from its Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook an enumeration method for Campylobacter testing in raw poultry.

WHO-FAO Battling Foodborne Parasites Via Global Top 10 List, Report
July 17, 2014
WHO-FAO Battling Foodborne Parasites Via Global Top 10 List, Report

Earlier this month, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) released a "Top 10" list identifying the foodborne parasites of greatest global concern, along with a detailed report on those parasites and information on new guidelines that are being developed to control them.

General Mills Adds ABC Laboratories to Its Approved Lab List
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).

FSIS Adds Eight Newly Approved Technologies to New Technology Table
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.

GFSI Takes a Stand against Food Fraud, Issues Position Paper
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.

UK's FSA Revises Guidance on Controlling E. coli O157 Cross-Contamination
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.

As Ongoing Outbreaks Make Headlines, CDC Trumpets Antibiotic Resistance Data
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.

Researchers Find Cloths Transfer Salmonella during Tomato Harvesting
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.

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