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Fall 2017 Unified Agenda Includes Brief Mention of 2018 Federal Food Safety Goals
December 15, 2017
Fall 2017 Unified Agenda Includes Brief Mention of 2018 Federal Food Safety Goals

This week, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blog post authored by Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a list of goals the agency plans to tackle in 2018.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Fresh Produce Expert Will Daniels
December 12, 2017
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Fresh Produce Expert Will Daniels

In this week’s episode of Food Safety Magazine’s Food Safety Matters Podcast, we chat with Will Daniels, president of the produce division at IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group. In this role, Will is responsible for lab and consulting services for the produce industry.

New FDA Draft Guidance Explains “Refusal of Inspection”
December 12, 2017
New FDA Draft Guidance Explains “Refusal of Inspection”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Food Safety Modernization Act gives the agency the right to deny U.S. entry of imported foods from those establishments who do not grant FDA access to observe their facilities.

IFSAC: New Food Categories to Pinpoint Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
December 8, 2017
IFSAC: New Food Categories to Pinpoint Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

IFSAC’s paper, “An Updated Scheme for Categorizing Foods Implicated in Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: A Tri-Agency Collaboration, serves as an update to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s previous food categories.

FDA Network Takes a New Approach to Produce Safety
December 7, 2017
FDA Network Takes a New Approach to Produce Safety

In an interview, Stephen Hughes, the PSN’s Team Lead from CFSAN and Brittany Laymon, one of two Branch Chiefs leading the investigators from ORA, discuss the PSN’s goals, the work their teams are doing, and how this team allows for better coordination within FDA as its experts work with farmers, state partners and other key stakeholders to support implementation of the Produce Safety Rule.

 

New Food Safety Degree Program at University of Arizona
December 5, 2017
New Food Safety Degree Program at University of Arizona

The University of Arizona has introduced a new bachelor’s degree program in food safety.

FSA Announces New EU Acrylamide Legislation
November 30, 2017
FSA Announces New EU Acrylamide Legislation


Food businesses in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation which will apply from April 2018.

Greek Family Charged with Producing, Selling Fake Olive Oil
November 29, 2017
Greek Family Charged with Producing, Selling Fake Olive Oil

This week, seven people—all belonging to the same family—were arrested and accused of selling adulterated sunflower oil and calling it extra virgin olive oil.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Foodservice Authority Hal King
November 28, 2017
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Foodservice Authority Hal King

In this week's episode of Food Safety Magazine's Food Safety Matters podcast, Hal King discusses food safety in the foodservice and restaurant arena, along with how young professionals can build a career in the industry.

Study: Raw Flour Linked to E. coli Food Poisoning
November 27, 2017
Study: Raw Flour Linked to E. coli Food Poisoning

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week reveals that raw flour is the cause of bacteria—specifically Escherichia coli (E. coli) shiga toxin-producing bacteria (STEC).

FDA Releases Small Entity Compliance Guide for the FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Final Rule
November 21, 2017
FDA Releases Small Entity Compliance Guide for the FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Final Rule

Today, the FDA announced the availability of a SECG to help small businesses understand the requirements of the Final Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (Sanitary Transportation Rule). Small businesses have until April 6, 2018, to comply with the rule.

 

Cargill to Invest $240M in India’s Food Safety and Agriculture
November 20, 2017
Cargill to Invest $240M in India’s Food Safety and Agriculture

Earlier this month, Cargill announced plans to invest $240 million in India over the next 5 years.

New Guide Helps Food Businesses Protect and Defend Food & Drink Supply Against Deliberate Attacks
November 16, 2017
New Guide Helps Food Businesses Protect and Defend Food & Drink Supply Against Deliberate Attacks

Today, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), along with the British Standards Institute released a revised guide aimed at food businesses. The guide shares advice on how to protect their food and drink supply from potential risks.

USDA Funding Opportunity: $1.9M for Pesticide Alternative Research
November 14, 2017
USDA Funding Opportunity: $1.9M for Pesticide Alternative Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of funding to research new, environmentally-friendly pesticides, tools and strategies to replace methyl bromide.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Policy Expert Darin Detwiler
November 14, 2017
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Policy Expert Darin Detwiler

In our 13th episode of Food Safety Matters, Barbara van Renterghem speaks with Darin Detwiler about how the food industry has evolved since the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. This episode also includes a short chat with Maryanne Gravely (USDA) and Hilary Thesmar (FMI) about how industry can support consumer food safety practices and grocery shopping during the holiday season.

 

Report: Fresh Produce Undergoes “Hasty” Safety Inspections in Hong Kong
November 13, 2017
Report: Fresh Produce Undergoes “Hasty” Safety Inspections in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Office of the Ombudsman has publicly stated that food safety checks of fresh produce in the city are “hasty.”

FDA Uses Q&A, Graphics to Clarify FSMA Menu Labeling Guidance
November 8, 2017
FDA Uses Q&A, Graphics to Clarify FSMA Menu Labeling Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released the draft guidance Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry. It addresses comments the agency received on the May 2017 interim final rule extending the compliance date for the Menu Labeling Final Rule from May 5, 2017, to May 7, 2018.

New Study Pinpoints Source of Salmonella in Ground Turkey
November 7, 2017
New Study Pinpoints Source of Salmonella in Ground Turkey

A study presented at the 2017 American Association of Avian Pathologists annual meeting has revealed an unusual way that ground turkey is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Meat Industry Not Pleased with New San Francisco Ordinance
November 6, 2017
Meat Industry Not Pleased with New San Francisco Ordinance

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a Ordinance No. 170763 that will require large grocery stores to submit reports that detail the use of antibiotics in the livestock they use for meat and poultry products.

FDA Issues Guidance to Allow “Co-Manufacturers” Additional Time to Implement Certain Supply-Chain Program Requirements
November 3, 2017
FDA Issues Guidance to Allow “Co-Manufacturers” Additional Time to Implement Certain Supply-Chain Program Requirements

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of a guidance designed to give certain co-manufacturers more time to meet supplier approval and verification requirements under three FDA food safety regulations.

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