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Codex Agrees to Tackle E. coli in Certain Foods
July 12, 2019
Codex Agrees to Tackle E. coli in Certain Foods

Starting the development of guidelines to control Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in certain foods was one of the decisions made by the Codex Alimentarius Commission at its annual meeting in Geneva this week.

Researchers Dissect 17 Years of Salmonella Outbreaks
July 10, 2019
Researchers Dissect 17 Years of Salmonella Outbreaks

The July 2019 edition of the Journal of Food Protection—published by the International Association for Food Protection—includes an in-depth look at Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S. over a 17-year span.

EFSA Identifies Three Food Safety Research Priorities for the Next 5-10 years
July 8, 2019
EFSA Identifies Three Food Safety Research Priorities for the Next 5-10 years

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announces a set of food safety research priorities the agency plans to focus on for the next 5–10 years.  

 

FDA and CDC Join Forces to Prevent Cyclospora Infections from Domestic Produce
July 3, 2019
FDA and CDC Join Forces to Prevent Cyclospora Infections from Domestic Produce

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a joint collaboration aimed at protecting consumers from Cyclospora cayetanensis, a parasite that has caused multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness in recent years.

Study: Here’s Why Consumers Don’t Use Thermometers When Cooking
July 1, 2019
Study: Here’s Why Consumers Don’t Use Thermometers When Cooking

According to a study conducted by researchers at Purdue University, few people use thermometers when they cook—even if they know how.
 

Updated 'Tomato Metrics' Food Safety Guidelines Released
June 27, 2019
Updated 'Tomato Metrics' Food Safety Guidelines Released

United Fresh Produce Association has released an updated version of the Food Safety Programs & Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, commonly known as the ‘Tomato Metrics’. These metrics were initially developed in 2009, endeavoring to harmonize food safety audit standards for the fresh tomato supply chain. It was this original effort that led to the development of the aptly named Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard. 

New FDA Draft Guidance: Improving the Safety of Seeds for Sprouting
June 24, 2019
New FDA Draft Guidance: Improving the Safety of Seeds for Sprouting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released a proposed draft guidance, “Reducing Microbial Food Safety Hazards in the Production of Seed for Sprouting,” intended to make the sprout seed industry (seed growers, conditioners, packers, holders, suppliers, and distributors) aware of the agency’s serious concerns with the continuing outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with the consumption of raw and lightly cooked sprouts.

Congressional Duo Continues Push for Switch to Single Food Safety Agency
June 21, 2019
Congressional Duo Continues Push for Switch to Single Food Safety Agency

Describing the U.S. food safety system as “hopelessly fragmented and outdated,” a congresswoman is pushing for the creation of a single federal agency to secure the nation’s food supply.

FDA Speaks Out on the Future of Cannabis-containing Food Products
June 17, 2019
FDA Speaks Out on the Future of Cannabis-containing Food Products

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement regarding its current, science-based stance on the use of cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD), in various products including food.

Fresh Express Shares Interim Report on 2018 Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Salads Sold at McDonald’s
June 12, 2019
Fresh Express Shares Interim Report on 2018 Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Salads Sold at McDonald’s

Fresh Express—a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands—has released an interim report and fact sheet explaining a Cyclospora outbreak that was linked to their packaged leafy greens.

Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Found in Washington
June 11, 2019
Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Found in Washington

There are no genetically modified wheat varieties for sale or in commercial production in the U.S. at this time, as APHIS has not deregulated any GM wheat varieties.

Final Rule for New Swine Inspection System Could Stall Out in Congress
June 6, 2019
Final Rule for New Swine Inspection System Could Stall Out in Congress

A newly proposed amendment would not allow pending swine inspection changes to become law unless approved by the Senate and signed by President Trump.

Cold-Smoked Fish to Blame for Multi-Country Listeria Outbreak
June 4, 2019
Cold-Smoked Fish to Blame for Multi-Country Listeria Outbreak

A multi-country foodborne outbreak in Europe finally has a confirmed source: cold-smoked trout and salmon.

Morille-Hinds to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award
May 31, 2019
Morille-Hinds to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine has recently announced that Theodora Morille-Hinds, M.Sc., will receive the magazine’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 21–24, in Louisville, KY.

World Food Safety Day: June 7, 2019
May 31, 2019
World Food Safety Day: June 7, 2019

June 7, 2019, will be the first-ever observance of World Food Safety Day. This year, the theme will be “Food safety, everyone’s business.”

New Food Labeling Guidelines Proposed in Canada
May 31, 2019
New Food Labeling Guidelines Proposed in Canada

The Government of Canada has launched a public consultation on labeling guidelines for “Product of Canada” and Made in Canada.”

FDA-ACS Colloquia on Emerging Chemical Science Related to Food Safety
May 29, 2019
FDA-ACS Colloquia on Emerging Chemical Science Related to Food Safety

The colloquia sessions will focus on aspects of chemistry, including the area of flavor modifiers, manufacturing processes, specifications, and analytical methods.

 

FDA: Most Date Labels Are Not Based on Exact Science
May 28, 2019
FDA: Most Date Labels Are Not Based on Exact Science

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Americans (including consumers and the food industry itself) throws out $161 billion worth of food every year. Part of the problem, says the agency, is confusion over the meaning of dates on packaged foods.

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.

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