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Mann Packing Issues Third Food Safety Recall Since 2017
November 13, 2019
Mann Packing Issues Third Food Safety Recall Since 2017

Mann Packing Company, headquartered in Salina, CA, has issued yet another recall of various vegetable products sold to a number of U.S. and Canadian-based retailers.

Trump’s FDA Nomination Overlooks Acting Commissioner
November 8, 2019
Trump’s FDA Nomination Overlooks Acting Commissioner

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced plans to nominate Dr. Stephen Hahn as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s next Commissioner.

FDA Releases 2015 Data on Domestic and Imported Cucumber Sampling
November 7, 2019
FDA Releases 2015 Data on Domestic and Imported Cucumber Sampling

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a summary report of its cucumber sampling program.

New Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Investigation Kept Secret for 6 Weeks
November 1, 2019
New Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Investigation Kept Secret for 6 Weeks

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared, for the first time, news of yet another Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak—this time sickening 23 people—that was likely linked to romaine lettuce. No deaths have been reported.

USDA, FDA, and EPA to Partner with Food Waste Reduction Alliance
October 31, 2019
USDA, FDA, and EPA to Partner with Food Waste Reduction Alliance

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new partnership with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance.

Bad Apples: Over 2,000 Cases of Fresh Apples Recalled After Positive Listeria Test
October 31, 2019
Bad Apples: Over 2,000 Cases of Fresh Apples Recalled After Positive Listeria Test

Late last week, Traverse City, MI-based North Bay Produce, Inc. voluntarily recalled 2,297 cases of fresh apples due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. 

Canadian Officials Remain Mum on Details About Beef Investigation Amidst 21st Recall
October 30, 2019
Canadian Officials Remain Mum on Details About Beef Investigation Amidst 21st Recall

Canadian officials won’t release any information about an Escherichia coli investigation involving beef despite the fact that more than 860 products have been recalled. 

FDA Receives Record Turnout As Industry Eager to Discuss New Era of Smarter Food Safety
October 24, 2019
FDA Receives Record Turnout As Industry Eager to Discuss New Era of Smarter Food Safety

A summary of FDA's meeting on the New Era of Food Safety.

Report: Third-Party Amazon Sellers Are Shipping Expired Food
October 22, 2019
Report: Third-Party Amazon Sellers Are Shipping Expired Food

Amazon’s Grocery & Gourmet category was found to have multiple expired food products that had reportedly been shipped to online consumers.

Today: Public Meeting on a New Era of Smarter Food Safety
October 21, 2019
Today: Public Meeting on a New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is meeting with stakeholders to discuss and plan the agency's New Era of Food Safety.

Five Major Food Companies Form Leafy Greens Safety Coalition
October 16, 2019
Five Major Food Companies Form Leafy Greens Safety Coalition

According to multiple reports, five major food retailers have joined to form the new Leafy Greens Safety Coalition in an effort to push the improvement of illness prevention and traceability.

Pork Industry Workers Sue USDA Over New Swine Rule’s Faster Line Speeds
October 11, 2019
Pork Industry Workers Sue USDA Over New Swine Rule’s Faster Line Speeds

This week, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union filed a federal lawsuit to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s new swine slaughter modernization rule that eliminates line speed limits in pork slaughter plants, ultimately giving inspection responsibility to said slaughter plants.

New Report: IFSAC Releases 2017 Foodborne Illness Data
October 8, 2019
New Report: IFSAC Releases 2017 Foodborne Illness Data

The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) has released its Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Estimates for 2017.

Registration Opens for the GFSI Conference 2020
October 3, 2019
Registration Opens for the GFSI Conference 2020

Registration opened today for the next Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Conference, to be held February 25–28, 2020 in Seattle, WA.

 

FDA Launches the FDA-TRACK: Food Safety Dashboard to Track FSMA Progress
October 1, 2019
FDA Launches the FDA-TRACK: Food Safety Dashboard to Track FSMA Progress

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a food safety dashboard designed to track the impact of the seven foundational rules of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), measure their progress, and help us continue to refine our implementation.

 

GMA Announces Name Change and Rebranding for 2020
September 26, 2019
GMA Announces Name Change and Rebranding for 2020

Today, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced plans to change its name next year. GMA will become the Consumer Brands Association (CBA) effective January 2020.

Meat Plant Owner and HACCP Manager Plead Guilty to Falsifying E. coli Test Results
September 25, 2019
Meat Plant Owner and HACCP Manager Plead Guilty to Falsifying E. coli Test Results

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut has announced that Memet Beqiri, 32, owner and general manager of New England Meat Packing, LLC, and Debbie Smith, 60, the company’s former Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) coordinator/quality control officer, both pleaded guilty to falsifying numerous Escherichia coli test results.

FDA Announces Joint Venture to Study Human Pathogens in Yuma Region Leafy Greens
September 24, 2019
FDA Announces Joint Venture to Study Human Pathogens in Yuma Region Leafy Greens

A new joint initiative between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Arizona Department of Agriculture, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (UACE), the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District (WMIDD), and various members of the Yuma, AZ, leafy greens industry will review the ecology of human pathogens in the environment in the Yuma agricultural region. 

FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss the New Era of Smarter Food Safety
September 18, 2019
FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

The input received at this meeting, and in comments submitted to the accompanying Federal Register docket, will help shape an FDA Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety. 

 

USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years
September 18, 2019
USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years

For the first time in more than five decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is modernizing inspection at market hog slaughter establishments.

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