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Del Monte Fresh Produce Vegetable Trays Linked to Second Outbreak in Less Than a Year
May 23, 2019
Del Monte Fresh Produce Vegetable Trays Linked to Second Outbreak in Less Than a Year

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inspecting a Del Monte Fresh Produce facility in Kankakee, IL, after the Wisconsin Department of Health linked vegetable trays from that facility to a Salmonella Infantis outbreak.

IAFP’s 2019 Black Pearl Award Recipient: General Mills
May 20, 2019
IAFP’s 2019 Black Pearl Award Recipient: General Mills

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has announced that General Mills is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Black Pearl Award. General Mills will be presented with the award at this year’s IAFP Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY.

USDA to Begin Testing for African Swine Fever
May 20, 2019
USDA to Begin Testing for African Swine Fever

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans to implement an African Swine Fever (ASF) surveillance program.

Ground Beef E. coli Outbreak Continues to Spread
May 14, 2019
Ground Beef E. coli Outbreak Continues to Spread

Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published updates on the current Escherichia coli O103 outbreak linked to ground beef.

FDA to Conduct Unannounced Testing of Frozen Berries for Hepatitis A and Norovirus
May 10, 2019
FDA to Conduct Unannounced Testing of Frozen Berries for Hepatitis A and Norovirus

Between 1997 and 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported three hepatitis A outbreaks and one norovirus outbreak linked to frozen berries. In response to the three outbreaks, FDA started sampling frozen berries—strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries—for each hazard as part of the agency’s efforts to protect consumers and ensure food safety.

Food Safety Summit Opens with Keynote Speech by Mike Taylor
May 8, 2019
Food Safety Summit Opens with Keynote Speech by Mike Taylor

This morning, the 21st annual Food Safety Summit in Rosemont, IL, kicked off with its signature Keynote Presentation, this year delivered by former Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and current board co-chair of STOP Foodborne Illness.

 

U.S. Pork Industry on Alert as African Swine Fever Sweeps China
May 8, 2019
U.S. Pork Industry on Alert as African Swine Fever Sweeps China

As African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread in China, there are new worries that the contagious disease could make its way to the U.S.

13 Million Pounds of Frozen Chicken Products Recalled by Conagra and Tyson
May 6, 2019
13 Million Pounds of Frozen Chicken Products Recalled by Conagra and Tyson

Two of the largest U.S. food processors have issued product recalls—one for an undeclared allergen and the other for the presence of foreign material.

Walmart Welcomes Sara Mortimore as New Food Safety Leader
May 3, 2019
Walmart Welcomes Sara Mortimore as New Food Safety Leader

According to multiple sources, Walmart has brought on Sara Mortimore as its new vice president of global food safety compliance.

Canada to Enforce Penalties and Fines for Food Safety Violations
May 2, 2019
Canada to Enforce Penalties and Fines for Food Safety Violations

This week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) of up to $15,000 can now be issued for violations by food businesses that threaten food safety and market access for Canadian goods.

FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety
April 30, 2019
FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” that will combine the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) with the agency’s use of new and emerging technologies.

Foodborne Illness is On the Rise, Says CDC
April 26, 2019
Foodborne Illness is On the Rise, Says CDC

According to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of most foodborne infections increased in 2018 compared to 2015-2017.

Georgia and Illinois Meat Plants Test Positive for E. coli O103
April 25, 2019
Georgia and Illinois Meat Plants Test Positive for E. coli O103

Two meat plants have recalled raw ground beef products this week due to Escherichia coli O103 contamination.

FDA Tests 89 Ice Cream Production Facilities for Listeria and Salmonella
April 24, 2019
FDA Tests 89 Ice Cream Production Facilities for Listeria and Salmonella

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report on the agency’s inspection and environmental sampling of ice cream production facilities in 2016 and 2017. They tested for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella.

FDA’s New Food Recall Recommendations Focus on Training, Recordkeeping, and Procedures
April 24, 2019
FDA’s New Food Recall Recommendations Focus on Training, Recordkeeping, and Procedures

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new draft guidance that, when finalized, will provide industry with clear information on ways to prepare, plan, and work with the agency to ensure voluntary food product recalls are initiated properly and promptly.

LGMA Releases New, Stricter Water Use Rules for Leafy Greens Growers
April 23, 2019
LGMA Releases New, Stricter Water Use Rules for Leafy Greens Growers

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has voted for stronger, mandatory food safety practices for farmers.

Great Britain Investigating Scam Artist Targeting Food Businesses
April 22, 2019
Great Britain Investigating Scam Artist Targeting Food Businesses

Health officials in England and Wales are investigating reports of a scam artist trying to blackmail food businesses into paying money in exchange for a new inspection score.

Another Pre-Cut Fruit Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Caito Foods
April 15, 2019
Another Pre-Cut Fruit Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Caito Foods

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Carrau has sickened at least 93 people in 9 states, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The source: Caito Foods LLC—the same supplier at the center of a similar outbreak that occurred nearly 1 year ago.

Source of Mystery Multistate E. coli Outbreak: Ground Beef
April 15, 2019
Source of Mystery Multistate E. coli Outbreak: Ground Beef

A multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O103 now has a known source: ground beef.

FDA Names Acting Commissioner; Gottlieb’s New Post Announced
April 11, 2019
FDA Names Acting Commissioner; Gottlieb’s New Post Announced

New roles have been announced for Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, M.D. and Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

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