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FDA Releases New FSMA Draft Guidance on Food Defense and Adulteration
June 21, 2018
FDA Releases New FSMA Draft Guidance on Food Defense and Adulteration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) several new sections that reference intentional adulteration.

 

Review: IAFP 2018
July 16, 2018
Review: IAFP 2018

Last week, the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) convened its Annual Meeting at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

FDA: Some Recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Still for Sale
July 13, 2018
FDA: Some Recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Still for Sale

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a statement announcing that some Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is still being sold by some retailers.

McDonald’s Salads Linked to Midwest Cyclospora Outbreak
July 15, 2018
McDonald’s Salads Linked to Midwest Cyclospora Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials, is investigating a cluster of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely linked to salads from fast food giant McDonald’s.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Cargill's Sean Leighton on Business and Food Safety
July 10, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Cargill's Sean Leighton on Business and Food Safety

In this episode, Cargill's Sean Leighton gives insight into food safety, quality, and how these areas coincide—and clash—with other parts of a food business. Plus, food safety culture, opportunities and challenges of big data, and more.

Study: Consumers are Spreading Bacteria All Over The Kitchen
July 3, 2018
Study: Consumers are Spreading Bacteria All Over The Kitchen

According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study, consumers fail to properly wash their hands before meals 97 percent of the time.

CDC Identifies Likely Source of E. coli O157:H7 Associated with Romaine Lettuce
June 29, 2018
CDC Identifies Likely Source of E. coli O157:H7 Associated with Romaine Lettuce

Recent testing found the same genetic fingerprint of E. coli O157 :H7  as the outbreak strain in samples of canal water from the Yuma region. While these tests confirm that the pathogen is present in the environment, it does not identify the initial source of contamination of the romaine lettuce.

Yuma Region Environmental Samples Test Positive for E. coli
June 29, 2018
Yuma Region Environmental Samples Test Positive for E. coli

On June 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update regarding the multistate outbreak linked to contaminated romaine lettuce.

EFSA Releases New Reports on Whole-Genome Sequencing Use in European Food Safety
June 29, 2018
EFSA Releases New Reports on Whole-Genome Sequencing Use in European Food Safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced the publication of two new reports that demonstrate how whole-genome sequencing (WGS) can be used in food safety, and how WGS techniques are currently being applied in Europe.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Safety Expert Bob Brackett
June 26, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Safety Expert Bob Brackett

Bob Brackett, vice president of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), is the guest on this episode of Food Safety Matters. Listen to Bob discuss the important food safety work being done at IIT and its many centers.

USDA Launches Outreach Survey to Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments
June 26, 2018
USDA Launches Outreach Survey to Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is conducting a survey to help enhance the creation and delivery of information and resources for small and very small meat and poultry processing and slaughter establishments.

Trump Administration Plans New Federal Food Safety Agency
June 22, 2018
Trump Administration Plans New Federal Food Safety Agency

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump unveiled his administration’s plans to reorganize the federal government, including the creation of a new Federal Food Safety Agency.

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Announced for 2019
June 13, 2018
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Announced for 2019

Today, in a live YouTube video stream, Canadian health officials announced that final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (also referred to as Safe Food Can) have been published.

CDC Advisory: Do Not Consume Any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal
June 19, 2018
CDC Advisory: Do Not Consume Any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal

On June 14th, an initial recall notice was issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning consumers that Kellogg Company was voluntarily recalling some boxes of the brand’s popular Honey Smacks cereal. Some of the cereal packages are believed to have been contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, ultimately causing a multistate outbreak.

Feedback Wanted: FDA to Seek Comments on Cell Culture Technology Use in Food Sector
June 15, 2018
Feedback Wanted: FDA to Seek Comments on Cell Culture Technology Use in Food Sector

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that a public meeting will take place to discuss foods produced using animal cell culture technology.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Cargill's Mike Robach About GFSI
June 12, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Cargill's Mike Robach About GFSI

This week, Food Safety Matters shares a conversation with Cargill's Mike Robach. Mike discussion is centered around his involvement with GFSI and the organization's endeavors--past, present, and future.

11th Circuit Won't Hear or Rehear Anymore Parnell Appeals
June 13, 2018
11th Circuit Won't Hear or Rehear Anymore Parnell Appeals

Petitions from the Parnell brothers for an appellate rehearing of their criminal convictions and sentences were denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta on June 11. Further, their petitions for Rehearing En Banc were also rejected as no active judge asked to poll the Court.

Pre-Cut Fruit Causes Multistate Salmonella Outbreak
June 11, 2018
Pre-Cut Fruit Causes Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

A multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to cut melons is currently being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and various state and local health officials.

FDA and USDA Team Up on Produce Safety Requirements
June 6, 2018
FDA and USDA Team Up on Produce Safety Requirements

As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) ongoing effort to make the oversight of food safety stronger and more efficient, the FDA and the USDA yesterday announced the alignment of the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) Produce Safety Rule.

Detwiler to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award
June 1, 2018
Detwiler to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine has recently announced that Darin Detwiler, Ph.D., will receive the magazine’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 8–11, 2018, in Salt Lake City, UT.

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