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News: Study: Consumers Seek Food Safety Certification

A new study by Michigan State University’s Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources tracks emerging concerns about food safety among consumers. For the study, “Food Safety Certification: A Study of Food Safety in the U.S. Supply Chain,” more than 400 consumers and 75 food companies were surveyed. DNV, a provider of food safety certification services, sponsored the study.

Columns: RIP, Food Safety Legislation?

I am writing this letter on November 3, one day after the GOP’s massive gains in the midterm election, in which they were projected to gain at least 60 seats in the House. That’s the biggest gain by any major party since 1948.

Columns: The FDA Shifts From Food Safety to Public Safety

In recent years, food-related illnesses followed by highly publicized product recalls have created concerns that food product regulation in the United States is inadequate. The food industry has a complex regulatory structure, divided among many federal, state, and local authorities, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) handling almost all federal food inspections other than meat products.

Departments: HACCP Principles: Benchmark for Food Safety

The hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) food safety system was developed by the Pillsbury Company, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Army Natick Laboratories in the late 1960s to develop foods for the space program.

Features: Food Microbiology Marches On

Napoleon wanted to conquer the world, but he knew, as his famous quote aptly states, “an army travels on its stomach.” To be sure his men had safe rations, he offered a 12,000-franc prize to anyone who could come up with a food preservation method. Nicolas Appert, the chef and distiller who ultimately claimed the prize, spent more than a decade discovering that boiled foods placed in airtight glass containers would not spoil. In 1810, Peter Durand, a British merchant who received a patent for...

Columns: Mmmm … Bacon

The end of the year is always an opportunity to make lists of things like the top news stories of the year, the top scientific breakthroughs, and other great advances. But when a decade is ending, the lists come even more fast and furious.

News: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Thermo Fisher Opens Global Food Safety Response Center in Germany

Safe food is something we all take for granted; nobody expects to get sick from the food we eat. We place a great deal of trust in the people and companies that provide our food. In the old days, that trust extended down to the butcher shop or the fruit stand when it was a short ride from there to the source—the farm. In essence, our food chain had few links and was very manageable. Much has changed over the years.

Departments: GFSI: The Next Phase

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is due to complete the first test phase of a tool that was specially developed for small suppliers around the world. The official launch will come next February at the Global Food Safety Conference in London.

Features: Rapid Micro Rolls On

This article on the history and impact of advances in rapid food microbiology is the second in a new series for Food Quality. In “FoodTech: Tools That Changed the Industry,” we look at various technologies and tools, such as rapid microbiological testing, that have played a key role in and had an indelible impact on the food industry.

Departments: Smaller, Stronger, Faster Labs

In these non-Dickensian times, the availability of food is not as much of an issue as concerns about food safety. Food is pouring in from all over the world, but ensuring its safety is a complex task. Food safety is inherently bound up in issues related to time, such as how long it takes to detect a problem or contaminant. And because time is money, there’s money to be made—or granted—in exploring the future of rapid detection.

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