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Fresh Express Implicated in U.S. Cyclospora Outbreak
June 29, 2020
Fresh Express Implicated in U.S. Cyclospora Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to salad products that were made by Fresh Express containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots and sold in several regions of the United States.

PTI Announces Significant Improvements to Traceability Guidance
June 26, 2020
PTI Announces Significant Improvements to Traceability Guidance

PTI has announced the release of four new or improved tools to support traceability implementation

 

USDA and FDA Issue Joint Statement Regarding Food Export Restrictions and COVID-19
June 25, 2020
USDA and FDA Issue Joint Statement Regarding Food Export Restrictions and COVID-19

“There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging. The U.S. food safety system, overseen by our agencies, is the global leader in ensuring the safety of our food products, including products for export.” 

 

Allergy Community Still Concerned About FDA’s Temporary Labeling Guidance
June 24, 2020
Allergy Community Still Concerned About FDA’s Temporary Labeling Guidance

FDA’s temporary guidance states that substitutions cannot include the Big 8 allergens. However, consumers who are allergic to ingredients outside of that list—like sesame, celery, or mustard, which are all considered allergens in the EU—still have cause for concern.

 

CPC Releases a New Set of High Pressure Certified Guidelines
June 23, 2020
CPC Releases a New Set of High Pressure Certified Guidelines

A new set of High Pressure Certified® (HPC) Guidelines has been released by The Cold Pressure Council (CPC). The topic of the newest guideline is Wet Salads, also known as deli salads.

MSU Researchers Earn Grant Aimed at Reducing Pathogens in Low-Moisture Foods
June 23, 2020
MSU Researchers Earn Grant Aimed at Reducing Pathogens in Low-Moisture Foods

Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Listeria can’t be completely eliminated from dried fruits, nuts, flour, and cereals. However, their occurrence can be reduced—and Marks and his team are looking forward to developing solutions to do just that.

Another Foodborne Outbreak for Salad Products Containing Leafy Greens, This Time Due to Cyclospora Contamination
June 22, 2020
Another Foodborne Outbreak for Salad Products Containing Leafy Greens, This Time Due to Cyclospora Contamination

So far, 76 illnesses, including 16 hospitalizations, have been confirmed in 6 states. No deaths have been reported.

AFFI Responds to Officials Linking COVID-19 to Imported Seafood
June 17, 2020
AFFI Responds to Officials Linking COVID-19 to Imported Seafood

The U.S. food supply remains among the safest in the world, says AFFI.

 

CDC: Washing Food with Bleach Among Unsafe Disinfection Methods on the Rise During Pandemic
June 9, 2020
CDC: Washing Food with Bleach Among Unsafe Disinfection Methods on the Rise During Pandemic

Despite the unsafe methods used, approximately half of the survey respondents strongly agreed that they knew how to clean and disinfect their home safely.

USDA FSIS to Expand STEC Testing to Additional Raw Beef Products
June 8, 2020
USDA FSIS to Expand STEC Testing to Additional Raw Beef Products

The expanded testing will be applied to ground beef, bench trim, and raw ground beef components other than raw beef manufacturing trimmings.

World Food Safety Day: June 7, 2020
June 7, 2020
World Food Safety Day: June 7, 2020

The goal of World Food Safety Day is to bring awareness and inspire action to help prevent, detect, and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development.

 

LGMA Forms Adjacent Lands Subcommittee to Address Romaine Lettuce Contamination
June 4, 2020
LGMA Forms Adjacent Lands Subcommittee to Address Romaine Lettuce Contamination

LGMA’s special subcommittee was formed in direct response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent report regarding three romaine lettuce outbreaks that occurred in 2019. 

 

Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety
June 2, 2020
Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

As FDA prepares to release the long-awaited New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint, the agency announces that several changes have been made in light of lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

FDA Temporarily Eases Food Labeling Requirements During Pandemic
May 29, 2020
FDA Temporarily Eases Food Labeling Requirements During Pandemic

The goal is to provide regulatory flexibility, where appropriate, to help minimize the impact of supply chain disruptions on product availability associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Smithfield Foods Sued for False Food Safety Claims
May 27, 2020
Smithfield Foods Sued for False Food Safety Claims

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) filed a lawsuit last week against Smithfield Foods for falsely advertising that the pork processor’s products are the “safest” U.S. pork products. 

 

FDA and USDA Share Tips for Food and Agriculture Businesses in Need of PPE, Disinfectants, and Sanitation Supplies
May 22, 2020
FDA and USDA Share Tips for Food and Agriculture Businesses in Need of PPE, Disinfectants, and Sanitation Supplies

The recommendations address shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), cloth face coverings, disinfectants, and sanitation supplies in the food and agriculture industry in order to help maintain employee safety, continuity of the food supply, food safety, and employee/consumer confidence.

FDA: Nearby Cattle Grazing Land Likely to Blame for Late 2019 Romaine Lettuce Outbreaks
May 22, 2020
FDA: Nearby Cattle Grazing Land Likely to Blame for Late 2019 Romaine Lettuce Outbreaks

FDA believes that adjacent or nearby cattle grazing land was the most likely contributing factor associated with all three late 2019 outbreaks. 

CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Businesses Reopening Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
May 21, 2020
CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Businesses Reopening Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The document serves as a guide to help each industry operate safely as all 50 states have begun at least partially relaxing stay-at-home orders and allowing some businesses to reopen.

USDA, FDA Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain Protections
May 20, 2020
USDA, FDA Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain Protections

The USDA and FDA announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing.

 

Guidance and Best Practices for Restaurants Operating Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
May 18, 2020
Guidance and Best Practices for Restaurants Operating Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The guidance, based on President Donald Trump’s Opening Up America Again plan, places much focus on cleaning and disinfection practices.

 

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