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Greek Family Charged with Producing, Selling Fake Olive Oil
November 29, 2017
Greek Family Charged with Producing, Selling Fake Olive Oil

This week, seven people—all belonging to the same family—were arrested and accused of selling adulterated sunflower oil and calling it extra virgin olive oil.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Foodservice Authority Hal King
November 28, 2017
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Foodservice Authority Hal King

In this week's episode of Food Safety Magazine's Food Safety Matters podcast, Hal King discusses food safety in the foodservice and restaurant arena, along with how young professionals can build a career in the industry.

Study: Raw Flour Linked to E. coli Food Poisoning
November 27, 2017
Study: Raw Flour Linked to E. coli Food Poisoning

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week reveals that raw flour is the cause of bacteria—specifically Escherichia coli (E. coli) shiga toxin-producing bacteria (STEC).

FDA Releases Small Entity Compliance Guide for the FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Final Rule
November 21, 2017
FDA Releases Small Entity Compliance Guide for the FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Final Rule

Today, the FDA announced the availability of a SECG to help small businesses understand the requirements of the Final Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (Sanitary Transportation Rule). Small businesses have until April 6, 2018, to comply with the rule.

 

Cargill to Invest $240M in India’s Food Safety and Agriculture
November 20, 2017
Cargill to Invest $240M in India’s Food Safety and Agriculture

Earlier this month, Cargill announced plans to invest $240 million in India over the next 5 years.

New Guide Helps Food Businesses Protect and Defend Food & Drink Supply Against Deliberate Attacks
November 16, 2017
New Guide Helps Food Businesses Protect and Defend Food & Drink Supply Against Deliberate Attacks

Today, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), along with the British Standards Institute released a revised guide aimed at food businesses. The guide shares advice on how to protect their food and drink supply from potential risks.

USDA Funding Opportunity: $1.9M for Pesticide Alternative Research
November 14, 2017
USDA Funding Opportunity: $1.9M for Pesticide Alternative Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of funding to research new, environmentally-friendly pesticides, tools and strategies to replace methyl bromide.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Policy Expert Darin Detwiler
November 14, 2017
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Food Policy Expert Darin Detwiler

In our 13th episode of Food Safety Matters, Barbara van Renterghem speaks with Darin Detwiler about how the food industry has evolved since the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. This episode also includes a short chat with Maryanne Gravely (USDA) and Hilary Thesmar (FMI) about how industry can support consumer food safety practices and grocery shopping during the holiday season.

 

Report: Fresh Produce Undergoes “Hasty” Safety Inspections in Hong Kong
November 13, 2017
Report: Fresh Produce Undergoes “Hasty” Safety Inspections in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Office of the Ombudsman has publicly stated that food safety checks of fresh produce in the city are “hasty.”

FDA Uses Q&A, Graphics to Clarify FSMA Menu Labeling Guidance
November 8, 2017
FDA Uses Q&A, Graphics to Clarify FSMA Menu Labeling Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released the draft guidance Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry. It addresses comments the agency received on the May 2017 interim final rule extending the compliance date for the Menu Labeling Final Rule from May 5, 2017, to May 7, 2018.

New Study Pinpoints Source of Salmonella in Ground Turkey
November 7, 2017
New Study Pinpoints Source of Salmonella in Ground Turkey

A study presented at the 2017 American Association of Avian Pathologists annual meeting has revealed an unusual way that ground turkey is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Meat Industry Not Pleased with New San Francisco Ordinance
November 6, 2017
Meat Industry Not Pleased with New San Francisco Ordinance

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a Ordinance No. 170763 that will require large grocery stores to submit reports that detail the use of antibiotics in the livestock they use for meat and poultry products.

FDA Issues Guidance to Allow “Co-Manufacturers” Additional Time to Implement Certain Supply-Chain Program Requirements
November 3, 2017
FDA Issues Guidance to Allow “Co-Manufacturers” Additional Time to Implement Certain Supply-Chain Program Requirements

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of a guidance designed to give certain co-manufacturers more time to meet supplier approval and verification requirements under three FDA food safety regulations.

SoAR Foundation Report Highlights Groundbreaking Food Safety Research at U.S. Institutions
November 2, 2017
SoAR Foundation Report Highlights Groundbreaking Food Safety Research at U.S. Institutions

Today, eleven U.S. institutions have joined the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation in an effort to gain more federal support of food and agriculture science.

FDA Backtracks Claim that Soy Protein Reduces Heart Disease
October 31, 2017
FDA Backtracks Claim that Soy Protein Reduces Heart Disease

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release announcing plans to revoke an existing health claim that soy protein can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

FDA Releases 2015 NARMS Integrated Report
October 27, 2017
FDA Releases 2015 NARMS Integrated Report

Partnership with CDC and USDA tracks antimicrobial resistance patterns to protect public health

Listeria Contamination Prompts Multistate Vegetable Recall
October 24, 2017
Listeria Contamination Prompts Multistate Vegetable Recall

Mann Packing, a Salinas, CA-based vegetable supplier, has voluntarily recalled products that could potentially be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Risk Expert David Acheson
October 24, 2017
Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Risk Expert David Acheson

Food Safety Matters speaks with David Acheson about food risk, fraud, protection and how safety professionals can get the support they need from the C-suite.

 

New FDA Web Page Simplifies FSMA Compliance Dates
October 23, 2017
New FDA Web Page Simplifies FSMA Compliance Dates

Are you confused about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance dates? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has just announced a new resource just for you-- a new web page.

FSA Publishes Final UK Campylobacter Testing Results
October 23, 2017
FSA Publishes Final UK Campylobacter Testing Results

Last week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) released its last set of results from the agency’s Campylobacter survey.

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