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Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Recognized Food Safety Expert Kathy Gombas
May 22, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Recognized Food Safety Expert Kathy Gombas

In this episode of Food Safety Matters, Kathy Gombas offers an in-depth look into FSMA guidance documents as well insights into potential challenges some are finding in the first stages of implementation.

FDA Says No to Trans Fats; Extends Compliance Date for Food Makers
May 21, 2018
FDA Says No to Trans Fats; Extends Compliance Date for Food Makers

A memo posted to FDA.gov last week has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied the Grocery Manufacturer Association’s (GMA’s) food additive petition to allow the continued use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) for certain limited used in foods.

Multistate Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Continues to Spread
May 18, 2018
Multistate Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Continues to Spread

As of May 16, the multistate Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to contaminated romaine lettuce has spread to 32 states, sickening 172 people, according to the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update. Seventy-five people have been hospitalized and one person in California has died.

Meat Lobbying Group Argues for USDA Regulation of “Clean Meat”
May 16, 2018
Meat Lobbying Group Argues for USDA Regulation of “Clean Meat”

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) has filed a federal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an attempt to keep some meat producers from referring to their products as “meat.”

Canada Hit by Romaine Lettuce Illnesses
May 11, 2018
Canada Hit by Romaine Lettuce Illnesses

The ongoing multistate Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, growing region has now crossed the U.S. border into Canada.

USDA FSIS New Key Leadership Announced
May 11, 2018
USDA FSIS New Key Leadership Announced

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker to key leadership positions within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Rottenberg has been named the Administrator of FSIS and Kiecker the Deputy Administrator.

Number of States Affected by Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Eclipses 2006 Spinach Outbreak Record
May 10, 2018
Number of States Affected by Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Eclipses 2006 Spinach Outbreak Record

On May 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared its latest update on the romaine lettuce outbreak, adding additional victims and states to the existing list.

Research: Food Safety Inspection Scheduling Can Positively Impact Foodborne Illness Rates
May 9, 2018
Research: Food Safety Inspection Scheduling Can Positively Impact Foodborne Illness Rates

New research conducted at the Harvard Business School found that 19 million foodborne illnesses and 51,000 hospitalizations, and billions of dollars in medical-related costs could be avoided each year if federal food safety inspectors do one simple thing: tweak their schedules.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler
May 8, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler

Bill Marler, the most prominent foodborne illness lawyer in America, spoke with Food Safety Matters about representing victims of foodborne illness and the evolution of food safety over the last 25 years.

FDA Finalizes Guidance to Help Food Establishments Meet Menu Labeling Requirements
May 7, 2018
FDA Finalizes Guidance to Help Food Establishments Meet Menu Labeling Requirements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today finalized an existing draft guidance document to further assist restaurants and similar retail food establishments to implement the requirements of the menu labeling final rule.

Mindy Brashears Nominated to Fill USDA Food Safety Leadership Role
May 4, 2018
Mindy Brashears Nominated to Fill USDA Food Safety Leadership Role

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s selection of Dr. Mindy Brashears to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Food Safety.

17 Tons of Raw Ground Beef Recalled After Plastic Pieces Found
May 4, 2018
17 Tons of Raw Ground Beef Recalled After Plastic Pieces Found

Lenoir, NC-based JBS USA, Inc. has recalled 17.7 tons of raw ground beef products due to possible contamination by way of extraneous plastic materials.

One Death Caused by Romaine Lettuce as E. coli Outbreak Spreads
May 2, 2018
One Death Caused by Romaine Lettuce as E. coli Outbreak Spreads

One death has been linked to the multistate Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak caused by romaine lettuce in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) last outbreak update dated May 2.

U.S. and Canada Investigate Norovirus Outbreak from Raw Oysters
May 1, 2018
U.S. and Canada Investigate Norovirus Outbreak from Raw Oysters

U.S. and Canadian health officials are currently investigating a multistate norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters.

Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Spreads; Source Still Unknown
April 26, 2018
Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Spreads; Source Still Unknown

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, growing region continues to expand.

Deadly Listeria Strain Confirmed at South Africa Meat Plant
April 26, 2018
Deadly Listeria Strain Confirmed at South Africa Meat Plant

This week, it was confirmed via a shareholder announcement that South Africa’s Tiger Brands was notified that their poultry plant did test positive for Listeria ST6, the deadly strain of the pathogen that has affected the region for over a month.

New USDA Report Breaks Down U.S. Food Recalls 2004-2013
April 25, 2018
New USDA Report Breaks Down U.S. Food Recalls 2004-2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) Economic Research Service has released a new report entitled Trends in Food Recalls 2004-2013.

Study: Fresh Produce Bacteria Can Thrive Despite Routine Chlorine Sanitizing
April 24, 2018
Study: Fresh Produce Bacteria Can Thrive Despite Routine Chlorine Sanitizing

New research conducted by researchers at the University of Southampton indicates that chlorine could be making foodborne pathogens in fresh produce undetectable.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Melanie Neumann on FSMA Inspections
April 24, 2018
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Melanie Neumann on FSMA Inspections

In this episode, we interview Melanie Neumann, president of Neumann Risk Services about understanding, implementing and managing FSMA in global food companies.

CDC Expands Romaine Lettuce Warning After More E. coli Infections Reported
April 23, 2018
CDC Expands Romaine Lettuce Warning After More E. coli Infections Reported

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its consumer warning regarding contaminated romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, growing region.

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