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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 12.10.13


FSIS Releases Strategy to Reduce Salmonella

Action plan addresses the threat of Salmonella in meat and poultry products

The USDA’s FSIS recently released its "Salmonella Action Plan" that outlines the steps it will take to address what it calls the most pressing problem it faces: Salmonella in meat and poultry products. In fact, FSIS’ efforts started back a few years ago when it made reducing incidence of Salmonella the priority goal of its 2011-2016 Strategic Plan.

Global Food Contract Testing Lab Revenues Exceed $3 Billion in 2013

Outside testing labs increasingly integral to food producers and their food safety testing programs, says report

Food companies around the world are sending an increased amount of quality and safety testing to third-party contract testing laboratories, according to a new report from Strategic Consulting, Inc., a provider of market research to food safety diagnostics companies. Total revenues for food contract test labs are estimated to reach $3.05 billion in 2013, up from $1.95 billion just five years ago, at a compound annual growth rate of 9.4 percent worldwide.

New Prevention Tools to Improve Food Safety in Restaurants

Half of all reported foodborne outbreaks are associated with restaurants or delis, says CDC

Increased awareness and implementation of proper food safety in restaurants and delis may help prevent many of the foodborne illness outbreaks reported each year in the U.S., according to data from the CDC. Researchers identified gaps in the education of restaurant workers as well as public health surveillance, two critical tools necessary in preventing a common and costly public health problem. 

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