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Legislative Update: 2012 Farm Bill

Every 5 years, Congress passes a bundle of legislation commonly known as the “Farm Bill” that sets national agricultural, nutritional, conservation and forestry policy. Read more for an update on this year’s bill.

USDA Proposal to Availability of Labels for Meat and Poultry Products

This article focuses on a proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to generically approved” labels for meat and poultry products that would more closely align USDA oversight of the labeling of meat and poultry products with its current goals, priorities and resources. Read more for what this may mean for meat producers.

Rejection of Key Arguments in Support of Delaying Vermont’s GE Labeling Requirements
Rejection of Key Arguments in Support of Delaying Vermont’s GE Labeling Requirements

Does you company have a plan for how to label genetically engineered foods sold in Vermont? See how this ruling will affect how you manage food labeling in the Green Mountain state.

 

Building an Integrated Food Safety System One Brick at a Time
Building an Integrated Food Safety System One Brick at a Time

Food safety stakeholders should now be able to recognize that the vision of an integrated food safety system is currently being implemented and is beginning to illustrate great promise.

Prevalence of Campylobacter Contamination in Raw Chicken and Chicken Liver at Retail
Prevalence of <i>Campylobacter</i> Contamination in Raw Chicken and Chicken Liver at Retail

Campylobacter has been found to be the most common bacteria causing human gastroenteritis in the world.

Trans Fats: Current Scientific Update
Trans Fats: Current Scientific Update

Human data on the potential health effects from consuming small amounts of trans fats are scant and do not support the assumption of no threshold.

FDA’s Food Program: Priorities and Progress
FDA’s Food Program: Priorities and Progress

FDA has successfully built a strong foundation for a state-of-the-art, science-based food safety system that will drive future progress for years to come.

Why Consumers Take Risks with Food Safety
Why Consumers Take Risks with Food Safety

Whenever foodborne outbreaks hit the news, the question always arises: Why don’t consumers take more care with handling and cooking their food?

Seek & Destroy: Identifying and Controlling Listeria monocytogenes Growth Niches
Seek & Destroy: Identifying and Controlling Listeria monocytogenes Growth Niches

This article is focused on a method that Land O'Frost has been using to manage processing plant environments to eliminate the root cause of product contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.

Acrylamide: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire (of Analytical Chaos)
Acrylamide: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire (of Analytical Chaos)

Food testing shows the presence of acrylamide in various concentrations in most prepared foods, mainly those containing proteins, carbohydrates and fat, which are exposed to heat.

CFSAN’s Risk Management Framework: Best Practices for Resolving Complex Food Safety Risks
CFSAN’s Risk Management Framework: Best Practices for Resolving Complex Food Safety Risks

The decisions of risk managers are judgments reached by weighing facts and factoring in historical precedents.

 

The 2005 Food Code: A Regulator’s Reading and Perspective
The 2005 Food Code: A Regulator’s Reading and Perspective

The 2005 FDA Food Code was known to be a model of food safety for retail operations.

Industry Perceptions of Proposed FSMA Rule on Preventive Controls
Industry Perceptions of Proposed FSMA Rule on Preventive Controls

An expert panel was convened to address some of the more critical questions regarding the implementation of this new regulation.

The Food Safety Modernization Act Is Everybody’s Business
The Food Safety Modernization Act Is Everybody’s Business

Protecting people’s health through prevention of foodborne illness requires smart regulation and also demands a food safety-minded business culture.
 

Revised USDA Cooking and Cooling Compliance Guidelines: Impact on Validation and Process Deviation
Revised USDA Cooking and Cooling Compliance Guidelines: Impact on Validation and Process Deviation

There is nothing more essential to meat and poultry safety than properly cooking to destroy vegetative bacterial pathogens of concern and cooling promptly to prevent outgrowth of spore-forming bacterial pathogens.

NEHA Credential Creates a Professional Pathway for Food Safety Auditors
NEHA Credential Creates a Professional Pathway for Food Safety Auditors

Addressing the challenges that the food industry faces regarding the training of auditors is an urgent matter.

Building a National Competency-Based Learning System for Food Officials
Building a National  Competency-Based  Learning System  for Food Officials

The competency framework process can be advantageous to task analysis for new jobs…or jobs that require mostly cognitive functions to complete.

The Challenge of Food Allergens: An Update
The Challenge of Food Allergens: An Update

The presence of allergens in food is a serious public health safety concern that prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to undertake manufacturing and labeling initiatives.

Integrating the Nation’s Food Safety System: What You Need to Know—Past, Present and Future
Integrating  the Nation’s  Food Safety  System: What You Need to Know

An integrated food safety system should have a common vision, uniform standards, inspections and enforcement, uniform laboratory practices, adequate training, enhanced communications and federal oversight.

 

Polyethylene Terephthalate: The Safety of Bottled Water
Polyethylene Terephthalate: The Safety of Bottled Water

Most people consider bottled water to be a safe and healthy alternative to other packaged beverages.

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