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Nov 06, 2012

Consumer Group Urges Full Implementation of FSMA

A consumer group that supported the passage of FSMA is calling on the Obama Administration to more broadly implement the act after finding that food safety remains a problem in the nation.

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Nov 06, 2012

Conference Board of Canada Calls for Improving Country’s Traceability System

Following the recent massive beef recall in Canada, the Conference Board of Canada has issued a new report calling on all companies in the country’s supply chain to improve product traceability.

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Oct 23, 2012

FSIS Debuts New Online Consumer Complaint Form for Foodborne Illness

If you’re violently ill after eating a restaurant hamburger on a Friday night, you might not remember to call a consumer complaint hotline when it reopens the following Monday. As of September 27, you don’t have to: The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service now has an online consumer complaint form to take reports 24/7 about problems with meat, poultry, and egg products.

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Oct 23, 2012

Stochastic Mapping Could Speed Foodborne Illness Tracking

A mapping tool developed by government scientists to aid adversarial risk assessment—predicting areas of the food chain where malicious contamination resulting from sabotage might occur—could also assist public health officials and industry in pinpointing the sources of contamination when an accidental outbreak of foodborne illness occurs.

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Oct 16, 2012

Industry Observers Predict Delays in FSMA Implementation Likely in Current Political and Economic Climate

Cost is a key impediment to widespread compliance with of the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2010, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg recently said, according to Reuters. Hamburg predicted that the regulations will be released “very soon” but added that the agency would need industry cooperation to fully adopt all provisions of the law.

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Oct 16, 2012

Massive Canadian Beef Recall Puts Pressure on CFIA and Raises Questions on Timing of Plant Closing

The massive recall of E. coli-contaminated beef from Canadian processor XL Foods in Alberta now encompasses more than 1,700 beef products and is considered the largest in the country’s history.

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Oct 02, 2012

Antibiotic-Free Pigs Remain Home for Resistant Bacteria

As more and more antibiotic-resistant pathogens appear in livestock, it seems logical that eliminating antibiotics from animal feed might reduce the levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Oct 02, 2012

A Gas for Salmonella in Produce

Chlorine-based decontamination is a technique commonly used for eliminating pathogens from fresh produce, but the damage it does to the products’ cell structure shortens their shelf lives

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Oct 02, 2012

Hitting the Road for Food Safety

Phenomenex (chromatography media, columns, and sample preparation products) and AB SCIEX (mass spectrometry) have developed some creative LC/MS/MS (liquid chromatography/mass spec) analysis solutions by combining their technology and expertise.

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Sep 21, 2012

Vinyl- and Latex-Free Protective Wear

PolyConversions, Inc. has introduced vinyl- and latex-free VR Protective Wear, which provides protection that is impervious to puncture and cold-crack resistant.

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