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USDA Won’t Name Turkey Plants, Despite 164 Illnesses and One Death
November 15, 2018
USDA Won’t Name Turkey Plants, Despite 164 Illnesses and One Death

Government officials remain mum about the origin of a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews University of Guelph Professor and Researcher Keith Warriner
November 13, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews University of Guelph Professor and Researcher Keith Warriner

What's going on in the world of food safety research? Keith Warriner, Ph.D. of the University of Guelph walks us through the latest developments that he and his colleagues are working on.

IFSAC Releases New Data on Sources of Foodborne Illness
November 12, 2018
IFSAC Releases New Data on Sources of Foodborne Illness

Last week, the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) released a report titled “Foodborne illness source attribution estimates for 2016 for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter using multi-year outbreak surveillance data, United States.”

FDA Report: Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Restaurants 2013-2014
November 7, 2018
FDA Report: Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Restaurants 2013-2014

New findings about foodborne illness risk factors in fast food and full-service restaurants have been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA to Expand Use of Mandatory Food Recall Authority
November 7, 2018
FDA to Expand Use of Mandatory Food Recall Authority

FDA's new final guidance is meant to expand the agency's appropriate use of its already existing mandatory recall authority in cases where they have to intervene quickly to help protect consumers from unsafe products.

GFSI Recognizes the Global Aquaculture Alliance Against Benchmarking Requirements Version 7.1
November 5, 2018
GFSI Recognizes the Global Aquaculture Alliance Against Benchmarking Requirements Version 7.1

GFSI Recognises the Global Aquaculture Alliance Against Benchmarking Requirements Version 7.1.

 

FDA Update on Romaine Lettuce Outbreak as Yuma, AZ, Growing Season Begins
November 2, 2018
FDA Update on Romaine Lettuce Outbreak as Yuma, AZ, Growing Season Begins

As the romaine lettuce growing season is underway again in the Yuma, AZ, growing region, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued details from an environmental assessment after the largest outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 the U.S. has seen in 10 years.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Meetings in Albany, Anaheim, Atlanta, and Portland
November 1, 2018
FSMA Produce Safety Rule Meetings in Albany, Anaheim, Atlanta, and Portland

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold four one-day public meetings to discuss the recently published draft guidance created to help farmers meet the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule.

FDA to Explore Mandatory Allergen Labeling for Sesame
October 30, 2018
FDA to Explore Mandatory Allergen Labeling for Sesame

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting information about the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies in the U.S.

FDA to Help Produce Farmers and Processors with FSMA Compliance
October 25, 2018
FDA to Help Produce Farmers and Processors with FSMA Compliance

Toward assisting farmers and processors in achieving these goals, the FDA is releasing two new, draft guidance documents, one of which will help farmers better understand the range of steps they can take to comply with the Produce Safety Rule. The other will help processors better understand the relevant provisions of the Preventive Controls Rule for fresh-cut produce that apply to their practices.

Number of Illnesses Linked to 7 Million Pound Beef Recall Doubles
October 24, 2018
Number of Illnesses Linked to 7 Million Pound Beef Recall Doubles

The number of Salmonella illnesses associated with a recent recall of nearly 7 million pounds of raw ground beef has doubled, according to new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Mike Cramer on Listeria Control
October 23, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Mike Cramer on Listeria Control

Mike Cramer joins the Food Safety Matters podcast for the second time, this time to dive a bit deeper into environmental monitoring and Listeria.

Ostroff Retiring from FDA; Walmart’s Yiannas Moving to Agency
October 18, 2018
Ostroff Retiring from FDA; Walmart’s Yiannas Moving to Agency

In a letter to staff, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine Dr. Stephen Ostroff announced he will be retiring in January 2019. Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president for food safety will leave the mega-retailer to fill the void at the agency.

Trump Administration’s Fall 2018 Unified Agenda Includes FDA Food Safety Initiatives
October 18, 2018
Trump Administration’s Fall 2018 Unified Agenda Includes FDA Food Safety Initiatives

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s blog (FDA Voice) announced the publication of the agency’s Fall 2018 Unified Agenda, compiled by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Plant at Center of Largest Ever Salmonella Ground Beef Recall Accused of “Inhumane” Animal Treatment in USDA FSIS Inspection Records
October 16, 2018
Plant at Center of Largest Ever Salmonella Ground Beef Recall Accused of “Inhumane” Animal Treatment in USDA FSIS Inspection Records

Enforcement notice records issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) last year show that the JBS meat facility in Tolleson, AZ--recently at the center of 7 million pound ground beef recall due to Salmonella contamination--had previously been called out regarding the condition of their plant and animal welfare practices.

One Death Linked to Contaminated Deli Ham Listeria Outbreak
October 10, 2018
One Death Linked to Contaminated Deli Ham Listeria Outbreak

One death has been attributed to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Smithfield, NC-based Johnston County Hams.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews "Seek and Destroy" Developer John Butts
October 9, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews "Seek and Destroy" Developer John Butts

This episode features John Butts, the man behind the food industry's widely used "seek and destroy" process controls to combat Listeria.

Nearly 7 Million Pounds of Raw Ground Beef Recalled After Salmonella Outbreak
October 8, 2018
Nearly 7 Million Pounds of Raw Ground Beef Recalled After Salmonella Outbreak

JBS Tolleson, Inc. in Tolleson, AZ has recalled 6,937,195 pounds (more than 3,400 tons) of raw beef products due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Chipotle’s Head of Food Safety to Exit in 2019
October 4, 2018
Chipotle’s Head of Food Safety to Exit in 2019

James Marsden, Chipotle Mexican Grill’s food safety leader, will be retiring in Q2 2019. The casual fast food chain is currently searching for a replacement, according to a Bloomberg report.

FDA: Pesticide Levels in Most Domestic and Imported Foods Meet EPA Legal Limits
October 2, 2018
FDA: Pesticide Levels in Most Domestic and Imported Foods Meet EPA Legal Limits

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues the results of its fiscal year 2016 Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program.

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