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FDA Delays Water Testing Compliance
September 15, 2017
FDA Delays Water Testing Compliance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the deadline for water testing compliance by two years, which is designed to make sure the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)’s Produce Safety rule is successful at the farm level.

How Whole-Genome Sequencing Can Help Fight Foodborne Illness
September 14, 2017
How Whole-Genome Sequencing Can Help Fight Foodborne Illness

The U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA) is laying the foundation for the use of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to protect consumers from foodborne illness in countries all over the world. At a joint meeting with the Codex Alimentarius Commission, FDA participated in a panel discussion on how best to share WGS globally to fight foodborne illnesses and elicit support from the world’s governments in this effort.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Now Final
September 14, 2017
FSMA Produce Safety Rule Now Final

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Produce Safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now final. This rule establishes science-based standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables for human consumption.

Q Laboratories opens Food Virus Lab
September 12, 2017
Q Laboratories opens Food Virus Lab

Q Laboratories has opened a state-of-the-art food virus detection laboratory at their Cincinnati, OH location.

Maradol Papayas Still Unsafe
September 12, 2017
Maradol Papayas Still Unsafe

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a new Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico. This outbreak is one of four separate Salmonella outbreaks currently under investigation linked to  these fruit .
 

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Safety Pioneer Dr. Bill Sperber
September 12, 2017
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Safety Pioneer Dr. Bill Sperber

In this week's episode of Food Safety Matters podcast, Dr. Bill Sperber shares insights from his 50+ year career in food safety that includes developing and implementing HACCP while at Pillsbury, advancements in technology and how he came to be known as 'The Friendly Microbiologist'.

FDA Approves New Labels for Peanut-Containing Foods
September 11, 2017
FDA Approves New Labels for Peanut-Containing Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new labels for peanut-containing foods suitable for infants, noting that they may reduce the risk of developing an allergy.

Nestlé Establishes a Food Safety Institute in India
September 7, 2017
Nestlé Establishes a Food Safety Institute in India

To strengthen the food safety commitment in India, Nestlé is establishing the Nestlé Food Safety Institute India (NFSI). NFSI India will adopt a holistic and collaborative approach towards ensuring safe food for consumers that will help meet India's growing demand for healthy and safe food. 

3M Expands Food Safety Offerings, Acquires Elution Technologies
September 7, 2017
3M Expands Food Safety Offerings, Acquires Elution Technologies

3M has announced that it has acquired Elution Technologies, a Vermont-based manufacturer of test kits that enable food and beverage companies to help ensure their products are free from potentially harmful allergens, such as peanuts, soy or milk.

Food Safety Education Month
September 6, 2017
Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness about steps you can take to prevent foodborne illness.

Food Safety & Quality Operations Survey Launched by SafetyChain Software and The Acheson Group
September 1, 2017
Food Safety & Quality Operations Survey Launched by SafetyChain Software and The Acheson Group

SafetyChain Software, an innovator of real-time food safety and quality management solutions, and The Acheson Group, a strategic consulting firm for food and beverage companies, are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Food Safety & Quality Operations Survey. The objective of this survey is to assess the top challenges faced by food safety and quality teams and gain insight into the tactics being used to overcome these challenges.

USDA Looking for NACMCF Nominees
August 31, 2017
USDA Looking for NACMCF Nominees

The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods is looking to recruit new members to provide scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning the development of microbiological criteria by which the safety and wholesomeness of foods can be assessed. 

Hygiena expands distribution operations in Latin America
August 30, 2017
Hygiena expands distribution operations in Latin America

Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, today announced that it has acquired Pruebas Microbiologicas  Rapidas  (PMR), a Mexico City-based distributor that has long served as an independent partner of Hygiena serving Mexico.

USDA Integrates Recall Information into 'FoodKeeper' Application
August 30, 2017
USDA Integrates Recall Information into 'FoodKeeper' Application

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new updates to its popular FoodKeeper application that will provide users with new information on food safety recalls.

Federal court upholds Seafood Traceability Rule; targets fraud
August 30, 2017
Federal court upholds Seafood Traceability Rule; targets fraud

A new federal plan to combat seafood fraud by requiring the fishing industry to trace their catches from boat or farm to the U.S. border has survived a court challenge.

California and Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements Align with Produce Safety Rule
August 30, 2017
California and Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements Align with Produce Safety Rule

The California and Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements have updated their required food safety practices to align with the Produce Safety rule.

UPDATED: USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Hurricanes
August 29, 2017
UPDATED: USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Hurricanes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

McDonald’s Cuts Antibiotics Worldwide
August 25, 2017
McDonald’s Cuts Antibiotics Worldwide

McDonald's Corporation has announced that it is cutting human antibiotics from its global chicken supply and promises to take similar actions in its supplies of beef, dairy cows, pork and laying hens.

Impacts of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System
August 23, 2017
Impacts of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System

The NARMS program at CDC helps protect public health by providing information about emerging bacterial resistance, the ways in which resistance is spread, and how resistant infections differ from susceptible infections.

Blockchain Collaboration with Major Retailers and Food Companies to Address Food Safety Worldwide
August 22, 2017
Blockchain Collaboration with Major Retailers and Food Companies to Address Food Safety Worldwide

A group of companies across the global food supply chain have announced a major blockchain collaboration with IBM that is intended to further strengthen consumer confidence in the global food system. The consortium includes Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, McLane Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart, who will work with IBM to identify new areas where the global supply chain can benefit from this technology.

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