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Jul 09, 2012

Irrigation Water, Animal Contamination, Seasonality Among Topics at Third Produce Safety Symposium

More than 300 industry representatives, academic researchers, and representatives from regulatory agencies gathered at the University of California-Davis on June 27 for the Center for Produce Safety’s third annual Produce Research Symposium, organized around key topics in good agricultural practices in food safety.

Jun 25, 2012

China Releases 5-Year Food Safety Plan

In the wake of a series of scandals—most recently, mercury discovered in baby formula—China has released a new five-year plan to upgrade its food safety system.

Jun 25, 2012

Cantaloupe Growers Say Yes to Regulations

In a definite first for the produce industry, a probable first in the food safety industry, and a possible first for just about any industry, California cantaloupe growers have voted unanimously to support a mandatory food safety program to be implemented by the state commodity board.

Jun 18, 2012

As “Big Six” Testing Mandate Begins, Non-0157 E. Coli Outbreak Hits

FSIS expected to begin monitoring compliance in September

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Jun 18, 2012

Rapid Cooling of Eggs Can Double Shelf Life, New Study Shows

Researcher’s method creates ‘cold snow’ around eggs

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Jun 11, 2012

Complex Global Connections Complicate Food Investigations

In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of researchers that includes a physicist, a mathematician, and an economist have used food import and export databases to create a map of the worldwide food transport network.

Jun 11, 2012

Shortage of Food Safety Vets Predicted

More than half of all veterinary students are pursuing careers in companion animal medicine, leaving other veterinary sectors—including food safety and zoonotic disease prevention—facing potential shortages of qualified veterinarians, according to a new report from the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science.

Jun 04, 2012

Foodborne Illnesses Decline Overall

Here’s the good news: The overall incidence of reported illnesses linked to one of six of the most common foodborne pathogens dropped by 23% between 1996-1998 and 2010, according to a CDC report.

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Jun 04, 2012

Raw Milk Quarantine Lifted, but Debate Rages

California food safety officials recently lifted the statewide quarantine on all raw milk products produced by Organic Pastures of Fresno County, a little more than a week after it was imposed in the wake of 10 cases of Campylobacter-related illness linked to the dairy’s products.

May 21, 2012

FSIS Will Act on ‘Potential Positive’ E. Coli Tests

Under a new USDA policy, the FSIS will be able to begin investigating cases of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in meat and poultry after receiving “presumptively positive” test results, rather than waiting for those preliminary results to be confirmed positive.

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