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FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss the New Era of Smarter Food Safety
September 18, 2019
FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

The input received at this meeting, and in comments submitted to the accompanying Federal Register docket, will help shape an FDA Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety. 

 

USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years
September 18, 2019
USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years

For the first time in more than five decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is modernizing inspection at market hog slaughter establishments.

Trade Group Pushes to Remove Coconuts from FDA’s Food Allergen List
September 12, 2019
Trade Group Pushes to Remove Coconuts from FDA’s Food Allergen List

The Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA) has announced plans to submit a citizen petition officially asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove coconuts from its list of allergenic tree nuts.

New Food Allergen Labeling Law Coming to the UK
September 10, 2019
New Food Allergen Labeling Law Coming to the UK

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced a new law that will require more foods to be labeled with allergen information. The new law will go into effect in October 2021.

FDA Announces Cooperative Agreement to Implement Produce Safety Rule
September 10, 2019
FDA Announces Cooperative Agreement to Implement Produce Safety Rule

This cooperative agreement will advance the agency’s efforts to develop a nationally integrated food safety system by helping to ensure consistency of state and territorial produce safety regulatory programs with the Produce Safety Rule. 

“Story of Your Dinner” Calls Health Educators Nationwide to Action
September 9, 2019
“Story of Your Dinner” Calls Health Educators Nationwide to Action

The Partnership for Food Safety Education celebrates National Food Safety Education Month with The Story of Your Dinner campaign.

 

Update: More Deaths in Spain’s Largest-Ever Listeria Outbreak
September 3, 2019
Update: More Deaths in Spain’s Largest-Ever Listeria Outbreak

News outlets are reporting additional deaths related to Spain’s largest-ever Listeria outbreak.

FDA Reminds Industry of Best Practices in Response to Food Product Tampering in Retail Grocery Stores
August 28, 2019
FDA Reminds Industry of Best Practices in Response to Food Product Tampering in Retail Grocery Stores

After recent reports of food product tampering at the retail level, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding industry of strategies that exist to prevent tampering and intentional adulteration of food.

Listeria Outbreak Has No Known Source in U.S.; Likely Source Identified in Canada
August 27, 2019
Listeria Outbreak Has No Known Source in U.S.; Likely Source Identified in Canada

A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes illnesses has affected consumers in the U.S. and Canada.

Listeria Outbreak is Spain’s Largest Ever
August 22, 2019
Listeria Outbreak is Spain’s Largest Ever

An international alert has been issued by Spain’s Ministry of Health after the country’s largest-ever listeriosis outbreak has sickened 150 people and caused the death of a 90-year-old woman and two miscarriages. An additional 523 suspected cases are being reviewed.

USDA to Consumers: Do Not Wash Raw Poultry
August 20, 2019
USDA to Consumers: Do Not Wash Raw Poultry

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) released its final report analyzing consumer handling of raw poultry.

Ann Marie McNamara Joins US Foods
August 15, 2019
Ann Marie McNamara Joins US Foods

Ann Marie McNamara is now the vice president of food safety & quality assurance for US Foods, an American foodservice distributor. 

 

FDA Tests Romaine Lettuce in Yuma Growing Region for Pathogens
August 14, 2019
FDA Tests Romaine Lettuce in Yuma Growing Region for Pathogens

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the results of a sampling assignment involving romaine lettuce that was grown in the Yuma, AZ, growing region.

Leafy Greens Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination
August 13, 2019
Leafy Greens Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

On Friday, Dole Fresh Vegetables announced a voluntary recall of some cases of baby spinach due to possible Salmonella contamination.

FDA Approves Color Additive in Food After Impossible Burger Petition
August 1, 2019
FDA Approves Color Additive in Food After Impossible Burger Petition

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to amend color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in ground beef analogue products, also widely known as veggie burgers.

Leafy Greens Sold in Tri-State Area Test Positive for Listeria Contamination
July 30, 2019
Leafy Greens Sold in Tri-State Area Test Positive for Listeria Contamination

A test conducted by Consumer Reports has revealed the presence of microbiological contamination in leafy green products on grocery store shelves.

 

Regulatory Recap: IAFP 2019
July 29, 2019
Regulatory Recap: IAFP 2019

IAFP 2019's U.S. Regulatory Update on Food Safety, featuring Frank Yiannas and Mindy Brashears.

FDA Issues Rule Updating Tolerances for Animal Drug Residues in Food
July 19, 2019
FDA Issues Rule Updating Tolerances for Animal Drug Residues in Food

This month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine issued a final rule on tolerances for animal drugs in food. The regulations apply only to foods intended for human consumption. 

Canadian Testing Reveals 28,000 Pounds of Adulterated Honey
July 17, 2019
Canadian Testing Reveals 28,000 Pounds of Adulterated Honey

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) recent surveillance and enforcement actions have stopped over 28,000 pounds of adulterated honey from entering the Canadian market.

Codex Agrees to Tackle E. coli in Certain Foods
July 12, 2019
Codex Agrees to Tackle E. coli in Certain Foods

Starting the development of guidelines to control Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in certain foods was one of the decisions made by the Codex Alimentarius Commission at its annual meeting in Geneva this week.

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