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FDA seeks comments; extends food safety deadlines

Today the government is scheduled to open a six-month public comment period on drafts of guidance documents that are designed to help food company operators meet new regulations — some of which have compliance deadlines in less than one month. With the publication of the first five out of 14 chapters of guidance documents today,... Continue Reading

Mann Packing hires food safety director

Mann Packing Co. recently hired Greg Komar as director of food safety and product quality.

U.S. government issues warning on McDonald's recalled wearable devices

Last week's McDonald's debacle, which saw the fast food giant forced to recall its first wearable tracker, has taken yet another turn, this time involving the U.S. government.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionShow More Summary

U.S. Approval of Syngenta Deal Brings GMO Food a Step Closer to China

But a raft of food safety scandals has made the Chinese public extremely wary of genetically modified crops

USDA updates flood food safety advice for consumers

Editor’s note: As the National Weather Service continued to predict rain for already flooded areas on Monday, the USDA updated its food safety advice to consumers who are able to return to their homes.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may... Continue Reading

Meat, poultry inspectors verified 1.7M procedures in 3 months

They use to say breaking up is hard to do. For USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), it’s not really that difficult or uncommon. If FSIS decides there are reasons that it should not be providing meat, poultry or egg inspections at a specific company, it simply files a complaint — usually  in the nearest  federal district court... Continue Reading

From Antibiotics to Food Safety: Sample6 Finds a Niche, and $12.7M, After a Sharp Turn

Say the words “synthetic biology,” and venture capitalists think instantly about money in pharmaceuticals. Synlogic, an MIT spinout working to program microbes into drugs that I’ve covered here, is one example. Most VCs don’t think about food, unless they’re eating it. But the scientific entrepreneurs that cooked up Synlogic, James Collinsand [...]

Letter From the Editor: Egg safety is out of mind until the next outbreak

Think of it this way: There is a bathtub and it’s always filled with two inches of water. One day, however, there suddenly are four inches of water in the bathtub. That example was used in 2010 by one of the experts at the Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control to explain... Continue Reading

Tyson Foods fined $263K for OSHA violations at Texas chicken plant

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tyson Foods more than $263,498 for 15 “serious” and two “repeated” workplace safety violations at the company’s chicken processing facility in Center, TX. Show More Summary

Sam’s Club bakery supplier denies it is endangering consumers

Orange Bakery Inc., whose customers include Whole Foods Market and Sam’s Club, this week denied claims in a federal civil case that allege the company stopped required food safety testing and has been forging third-party certifications for more than a year. The bakery company, based in Irvine, CA, has several facilities across the U.S. It... Continue Reading

USDA tells staff to defend against mosquito-borne diseases

The nation’s meat inspectors – or at least those “who conduct regulatory verification activities outdoors” – are being told how to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection...Show More Summary

New Zealand’s Parliament advances food safety reform bill

Three years after a major botulism scare involving whey protein concentrate used in infant formula and other food products, New Zealand’s parliament has unanimously passed the first reading of the Food Safety Law Reform Bill. New Zealand...Show More Summary

Study Shows Pregnant Women Who Take Tylenol Have Higher Risk of Hyperactive Children

A number of women take acetaminophen - or Tylenol, as it's more commonly referred to - during pregnancy. But after a few recent reports debating the safety of taking acetaminophen while pregnant, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been evaluating research studies regarding the drug. Show More Summary

Irish food businesses closed in July by Food Safety Authority

Twelve closure orders and one prohibition order were served on Irish food businesses in July for breaches of food safety legislation,  according to reports from Ireland’s equivalent to the Food and Drug Administration. Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). Show More Summary

Teach kids to be cool with school lunches from home

Editor’s note: These suggestions come from a tip sheet written by Marianne Gravely, technical information specialist for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and published Aug. 16, 2016. Additional information isfrom USDA’s “Keep Lunches Safe” page. There’s a certain week when you know the summer is over. It’s when you start seeing the school supply... Continue Reading

The FDA’s unfortunate ruling on GRAS regulations

The FDA has announced its Final Rule on Substances Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). The FDA explains: Unlike food additives, GRAS substances are not subject to FDA pre-market approval; however, they must meet the same safety standards as approved food additives…The GRAS criteria require that the safe use of ingredients in human and animal food […]

Wal-Mart’s chicken safety program shows significant results

With four steps, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken a giant leap in poultry food safety, reporting a decrease of the frequency of Salmonella contamination of chicken parts to 2 percent. The multi-national retailer has been working with its U.S. chicken suppliers on stepped-up food safety requirements since December 2014. Suppliers of chicken parts such as... Continue Reading

FSIS announces expanded meat recall for misbranding and undeclared allergens

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced an expansion of the Aug. 6 recall by South River, NJ-based Al Shabrawy Meat Inc. of an undetermined amount of baster, sausage, soujouk, salami, mortadella, makanek, and bologna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. Show More Summary

UPDATED: Cookies recalled for metal fragments; sugar connection unclear

UPDATED CONTENT: A spokeswoman for ShopRite responded to Food Safety News after this article was posted. Her comments have been added throughout below. Cookies sold at ShopRite stores are being recalled because they may contain small metal fragments. A recall alert — dated Aug. 5 but not emailed until today by the Food and Drug Administration —... Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch urges continuation of catfish inspections

An activist group says the rejection of 40,000 pounds of catfish from Vietnam is the best evidence possible that Congress should not kill the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new inspection program. “The (USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection...Show More Summary

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