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CDC Should Strengthen Efforts to Identify, Respond to Foodborne Illnesses and Pathogens
November 23, 2020
CDC Should Strengthen Efforts to Identify, Respond to Foodborne Illnesses and Pathogens

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tools to identify possible multistate outbreaks, investigate their cause, and communicate about them to the public. But it needs to balance the need to communicate quickly against the need to provide accurate and specific information.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleges Improper Behavior of Management of Tyson's Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant
November 20, 2020
Wrongful death lawsuit alleges improper behavior of management of Tyson's Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant

An article published by Iowa Capital Dispatch details some of the allegations against managers at a Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa.

FDA Expands Partnerships in California to Enhance Food Safety
November 19, 2020
FDA Expands Partnerships in California to Enhance Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the launch of a multi-year partnership with several California stakeholders to improve food safety through the enhanced understanding of environmental pathogens that may cause foodborne illness outbreaks.

EFSA's Social Scientists Complete Draft Assessment of Risk Communication Theory and Best Practice
November 19, 2020
EFSA's Social Scientists Complete Draft Assessment of Risk Communication Theory and Best Practice

EFSA has finished its scientific report examining critical issues in food safety risk communication and social practices in the EU.

CORE Outbreak Investigation Table Issued by FDA
November 18, 2020
CORE Outbreak Investigation Table Issued by FDA

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Investigation Table. ​

FDA Signals that it Intends to Extend Comment Period for the Food Traceability Information Collection Provisions
November 18, 2020
FDA Signals that it Intends to Extend Comment Period for the Food Traceability Information Collection Provisions

During the second public meeting to discuss the proposed rule entitled, “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods,” the FDA expressed their intent to extend the comment period for the  information collection provisions that is set to close on November 23rd.

U.S. House of Representatives Unanimously Passes FASTER Act
November 17, 2020
U.S. House of Representatives Unanimously Passes FASTER Act

Bill will add sesame as the ninth major allergen, require the federal government to analyze research opportunities to help develop more effective treatments for food allergy.

UMD Researchers Receive USDA Funding to Use Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning
November 16, 2020
UMD Researchers Receive USDA Funding to Use Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning

Models and tools developed will advance next-generation food safety risk assessments to improve risk management of foodborne illness and better protect public health.

Not Far Enough: FARE Expresses Disappointment in FDA’s Proposed Voluntary Disclosure of Sesame as an Allergen
November 13, 2020
Not Far Enough: FARE Expresses Disappointment in FDA’s Proposed Voluntary Disclosure of Sesame as an Allergen

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has formally communicated concerns with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the agency’s failure to mandate the labeling of sesame as an allergen.

Here We Go Again: E. coli O157: H7 Found in Romaine
November 16, 2020
Here We Go Again: E. coli O157: H7 Found in Romaine

Officials aren't naming the origin of another Escherichia coli outbreak but recalled romaine lettuce has tested positive for the outbreak strain.

FDA Provides Tools and Resources Related to the Food Traceability Proposed Rule
November 13, 2020
FDA Provides Tools and Resources Related to the Food Traceability Proposed Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods.

FDA Encourages Manufacturers to Clearly Declare All Uses of Sesame in Ingredient List on Food Labels
November 12, 2020
FDA Encourages Manufacturers to Clearly Declare All Uses of Sesame in Ingredient List on Food Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance, encouraging food manufacturers to voluntarily declare sesame in the ingredient list on food labels.

FDA Announces Investigations of Two Outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 Illnesses
October 29, 2020
FDA Announces Investigations of Two Outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 Illnesses

FDA, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the agency’s state and local partners, are working to investigate two outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC) illnesses. A specific food product has not yet been identified. However, FDA has seen similar recurring, emerging, or persistent strains of E. coli in recent outbreaks.

FDA Launches Voluntary Pilot Program to Evaluate Third-Party Food Safety Standards
October 28, 2020
FDA Launches Voluntary Pilot Program to Evaluate Third-Party Food Safety Standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a voluntary pilot program to evaluate alignment of private third-party food safety audit standards with the food safety requirements in the Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Produce Safety rules.

Scientific Literature Alert: Alternative Approaches to the Management of <i>Listeria monocytogenes</i>
October 28, 2020
Scientific Literature Alert: Alternative Approaches to the Management of Listeria monocytogenes

A recent review article published online October 13 in Food Control presents an alternative approach to “zero-tolerance” to enhance the control of Listeria monocytogenes in low-risk foods.

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meats
October 27, 2020
Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meats

Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats has sickened 10 people in three states with one reported death, according to federal health officials.

Over 1100 Attend the First Ever Virtual Food Safety Summit
October 23, 2020
Over 1100 Attend the First Ever Virtual Food Safety Summit

Over 1100 food safety and quality professionals logged into the Virtual Food Safety Summit education program, visited with exhibitors in the Expo Hall, and networked through the virtual platform. During the event leading subject matter experts shared their insights on the most pressing topics from the impact of COVID-19 on the food supply, to the importance of focusing on the consumer, and potential criminal exposure for a company in relation to an outbreak.

NIFA’s Comprehensive Food Safety Programs Focus on Public Health
NIFA’s Comprehensive Food Safety Programs Focus on Public Health

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports food safety programs that improve the safety and quality of the U.S. food supply for a healthy population and improved quality of life. Here’s how NIFA is helping to keep American consumers safe.

Blue Bell President Paul Kruse Charged with Wire Fraud and Conspiracy
October 22, 2020
Blue Bell President Paul Kruse Charged with Wire Fraud and Conspiracy

A Texas grand jury has charged Paul Kruse, the former president of ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries LP, with wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with the alleged cover-up of the company’s sales of Listeria-tainted ice cream in 2015.

NSF International Honors Dr. Jennifer McEntire at Food Safety Summit
October 20, 2020
NSF International Honors Food Safety Pioneer Dr. Jennifer McEntire at 2020 Food Safety Summit

NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, announced that Dr. Jennifer McEntire, Senior Vice President of Food Safety and Technology at the United Fresh Produce Association, is this year’s Food Safety Leadership Award recipient.

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