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FDA Continues Testing Frozen Berries for Hepatitus A and Norovirus
January 23, 2020
FDA Continues Testing Frozen Berries for Hepatitus A and Norovirus

As of September 30, 2019, FDA has tested 339 domestic samples as well as 473 imported samples of blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Food Safety Attorney Petitions USDA to Ban Salmonella Outbreak Serotypes
January 21, 2020
Food Safety Attorney Petitions USDA to Ban Salmonella Outbreak Serotypes

Food safety attorney Bill Marler is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) to ban 31 antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains from meat and poultry products.  

 

Three Separate Romaine Lettuce Outbreaks Declared Over
January 16, 2020
Three Separate Romaine Lettuce Outbreaks Declared Over

Despite a common grower being identified, health officials say that romaine lettuce from this grower does not explain all of the illnesses seen in these outbreaks.

 

USDA’s New Swine Slaughter Rule Hit By Another Lawsuit
January 14, 2020
USDA’s New Swine Slaughter Rule Hit By Another Lawsuit

Food & Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety are the latest groups suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over swine inspection.

GMA Debuts as CBA
January 14, 2020
GMA Debuts as CBA

The Grocery Manufacturers Association makes its debut as the new Consumer Brands Association.

Consumer Reports Welcomes New Director of Food Policy
January 8, 2020
Consumer Reports Welcomes New Director of Food Policy

Brian Ronholm is former Deputy Under Secretary, Food Safety, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). 

 

Outbreaks Emphasize the Importance of Implementing Produce Safety Standards
January 7, 2020
Outbreaks Emphasize the Importance of Implementing Produce Safety Standards

FDA is making progress in realizing the promises of FSMA with the agency's implementation of the produce safety standards under the rule.  

 

Summary: The European Union One Health 2018 Zoonoses Report
January 2, 2020
Summary: The European Union One Health 2018 Zoonoses Report

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control released their joint annual report—The European Union One Health 2018 Zoonoses Report—on trends and sources of zoonoses last month.

FDA Releases Supplement to the 2017 Food Code
December 23, 2019
FDA Releases Supplement to the 2017 Food Code

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made available the Supplement to the 2017 Food Code.

138 Illnesses Caused by Salinas-Grown Romaine Lettuce; One Common Grower Identified But Still Unnamed
December 20, 2019
138 Illnesses Caused by Salinas-Grown Romaine Lettuce; One Common Grower Identified But Still Unnamed

The epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that the romaine lettuce in question came from a single grower in Salinas.

 

FSIS Highlights Accomplishments in Protecting Public Health
December 19, 2019
FSIS Highlights Accomplishments in Protecting Public Health

USDA FSIS shares a review of how food safety fared in 2019.

 

Hahn Confirmed as New FDA Commissioner
December 17, 2019
Hahn Confirmed as New FDA Commissioner

In a 72-12 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn as the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 

Cornell Develops Novel Food Safety Assessment Tool
December 12, 2019
Cornell Develops Novel Food Safety Assessment Tool

Cornell’s research on Lm will continue throughout 2020 to provide a better understanding of Lm prevalence in frozen food facilities and related risk assessment. 

 

Number of Illnesses in 2018 Yuma Romaine Lettuce Outbreak is Higher Than Previously Reported
December 12, 2019
Number of Illnesses in 2018 Yuma Romaine Lettuce Outbreak is Higher Than Previously Reported

In a document entitled “Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Infections Associated with Romaine Lettuce—United States, 2018”, the numbers are different.

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Releases Expanded Guidance on Pathogen Control
December 10, 2019
Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Releases Expanded Guidance on Pathogen Control

The guide includes easy-to-use checklists and is designed to be a one-stop reference document that the dairy industry can use to improve existing food safety programs to ensure adequate control of environmental pathogens.

 

New E. coli Illnesses Linked to Fresh Express Salad Kits Could Contain Salinas Romaine Lettuce
December 10, 2019
New E. coli Illnesses Linked to Fresh Express Salad Kits Could Contain Salinas Romaine Lettuce

Yet another E. coli outbreak linked to leafy greens has affected the U.S. and Canada.

 

Chipotle to Enlist Nurses to Investigate When Employees Call In “Sick”
December 9, 2019
Chipotle to Enlist Nurses to Investigate When Employees Call In “Sick”

At a conference last week, Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol explained that the company has enlisted on-call nurses to call certain sick employees to validate if they are sick, or if said employee is dealing with an unfortunate hangover.

 

CDC Update: 102 Illnesses in 23 States Due to Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, CA Growing Region
December 5, 2019
CDC Update: 102 Illnesses in 23 States Due to Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, CA Growing Region

As of December 4th, health officials have confirmed 102 illnesses in 23 states.

FDA Update: 67 Illnesses in 19 States Due to Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, CA Growing Region
November 27, 2019
FDA Update: 67 Illnesses in 19 States Due to Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, CA Growing Region

As of November 26th, health officials have confirmed 67 illnesses in 19 states.

Anonymous Tip Leads to Recall of Half a Million Pounds of Pork Produced Since 2017
November 25, 2019
Anonymous Tip Leads to Recall of Half a Million Pounds of Pork Produced Since 2017

Maywood, IL-based Morris Meat Packing has recalled 515,000 pounds of various raw, intact pork products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS).

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