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FDA Finalizes First Food Safety Equivalence Determination—Resumption of Shellfish Trade with Spain and Netherlands
September 24, 2020
FDA Finalizes First Food Safety Equivalence Determination—Resumption of Shellfish Trade with Spain and Netherlands

The equivalence determination will enable Spain and the Netherlands to export raw bivalve molluscan shellfish to the U.S.

 

USDA Releases Plan to Reduce Salmonella in Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products
September 23, 2020
USDA Releases Plan to Reduce Salmonella in Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products

The Roadmap to Reducing Salmonella: Driving Change through Science-Based Policy outlines programs and policies that are science-based, data-driven, and promote innovation to reduce Salmonella in meat, poultry, and egg products.

 

FDA Announces FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule
September 21, 2020
FDA Announces FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule

Foods that would be subject to the proposed requirements include leafy greens, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, some types of fish, shell eggs, nut butters, and more.

 

China Refuses Imports from Fort Smith and Springfield Poultry Plants in U.S.
September 18, 2020
China Refuses Imports from Fort Smith and Springfield Poultry Plants in U.S.

For the second time since June, China has suspended imports from a U.S. poultry plant where employees became infected with the coronavirus.

 

Blue Bell Creameries Ordered To Pay $17.25 Million In Criminal Penalties In Connection With 2015 Listeria Contamination
September 18, 2020
Blue Bell Creameries Ordered To Pay $17.25 Million In Criminal Penalties In Connection With 2015 Listeria Contamination

A federal court in Texas sentenced ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries L.P. to pay $17.25 million in criminal penalties for shipments of contaminated products linked to a 2015 listeriosis outbreak, the Justice Department announced [this week].

 

FDA Halts Production at Sprouts and Soy Processing Facility for Failing to Comply with Produce Safety Rule under FSMA
September 16, 2020
FDA Halts Production at Sprouts and Soy Processing Facility for Failing to Comply with Produce Safety Rule under FSMA

The action marks the first consent decree of permanent injunction against a firm or grower for violating public safety standards under the Produce Safety Rule enacted under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

 

Q&A with USDA FSIS: Modernizing Egg Products Inspection Methods
September 14, 2020
Q&A with USDA FSIS: Modernizing Egg Products Inspection Methods

Food Safety Magazine reached out to USDA FSIS for more information about the agency's plans to modernize egg inspection methods for the first time since Congress passed the Egg Products Inspection Act in 1970.

 

Inspections, Complaints, and Accidents Unveil COVID Safety Violations at Food Companies
September 11, 2020
Inspections, Complaints, and Accidents Unveil COVID Safety Violations at Food Companies

Citations were issued to food processors, meatpackers, agricultural entities, and retailers.

 

Egg Product Inspection Regulations Get First Update in 50 Years
September 10, 2020
Egg Product Inspection Regulations Get First Update in 50 Years

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has announced that it is modernizing egg products inspection methods for the first time since Congress passed the Egg Products Inspection Act in 1970.

FSIS to Host Public Meeting on the Future of Consumer Food Safety Education
September 8, 2020
FSIS to Host Public Meeting on the Future of Consumer Food Safety Education

The public meeting will feature presentations from food safety experts on their current and upcoming work and will highlight partnerships that have set the stage for the continued improvement of consumer food safety. 

 

ServSafe Celebrates 30th Anniversary with National Food Safety Education Month Campaign
September 3, 2020
ServSafe Celebrates 30th Anniversary with National Food Safety Education Month Campaign

For National Food Safety Education Month, the National Restaurant Association (NRA)’s ServSafe is serving up tips, tools, and education on proper hygiene practices that restaurant managers and employees should follow. 

 

EFSA Launches ‘Stop African Swine Fever’ Campaign in Southeast Europe
September 3, 2020
EFSA Launches ‘Stop African Swine Fever’ Campaign in Southeast Europe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has begun a major campaign to raise awareness and help halt the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in south-east Europe.

 

Recalled Peaches from U.S. Shipped to 15 Countries
September 2, 2020
Recalled Peaches from U.S. Shipped to 15 Countries

The peaches in question were also distributed widely throughout the U.S. Retailers on the receiving end include Walmart, Target, Kroger, Ralph’s, Wegmans, ALDI, Food Lion, and others.

 

September is National Food Safety Education Month
September 1, 2020
September is National Food Safety Education Month

September is recognized as National Food Safety Education Month, also often referred to as Food Safety Awareness Month.

OSHA and FDA Develop Checklist to Protect Food Industry Employees Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
August 26, 2020
OSHA and FDA Develop Checklist to Protect Food Industry Employees Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

The checklist is useful for persons growing, harvesting, packing, manufacturing, processing, or holding human and animal food regulated by FDA. 

California LGMA Updates Food Safety Practices for Leafy Greens
August 25, 2020
California LGMA Updates Food Safety Practices for Leafy Greens

The LGMA program will immediately begin educating members on how to comply with the new standards.

USDA Announces Public Meeting on Salmonella: State of the Science
August 21, 2020
USDA Announces Public Meeting on Salmonella: State of the Science

FSIS will discuss the agency’s commitment to reduce pathogen contamination by leading with science, building relationships, and influencing behavior change to decrease Salmonella infections associated with FSIS-regulated products and save lives.

Bagged Peaches Linked to Multistate Salmonella Outbreak
August 20, 2020
Bagged Peaches Linked to Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

As of August 19th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 68 illnesses (14 hospitalizations) in 9 states.

NAMI and OSHA Team Up to Fight COVID-19 in Meatpacking and Processing Plants
August 18, 2020
NAMI and OSHA Team Up to Fight COVID-19 in Meatpacking and Processing Plants

During the 2-year alliance, participants will develop information on recognizing coronavirus transmission risks and best practices for preventing transmission, and on challenges for exposure control in meatpacking and processing facilities. 

Reports: Coronavirus Detected on Frozen Chicken Wings from Brazil
August 13, 2020
Reports: Coronavirus Detected on Frozen Chicken Wings from Brazil

Chinese health officials did not identify the brand of chicken.

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