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Sunland Inc., the New Mexico company whose peanut butter was linked to a 20-state Salmonella outbreak last fall, has resumed operations after a federal judge signed a consent agreement dictating conditions under which the company will be allowed to process or distribute its products.
With Election 2012 in the rearview mirror, can everyone in the food supply chain—breeders and growers, processors and sellers, regulators and consumers—finally expect to see the long-awaited regulations needed to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act?
Today’s juicy, sweet, giant watermelons were bred at a cost: They lost much of their disease resistance. That’s one key insight revealed by an international consortium of more than 60 scientists who recently published the genomic sequence of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus).
New legislation designed to improve protections for whistleblowers employed by the federal government, including food safety inspectors, was passed by the U.S. Senate on November 13 and now awaits President Obama’s signature.
The FDA has at last released iRISK, a free, online risk assessment tool for chemical and biological hazards to food safety. Under development for nearly 10 years, in partnership with Risk Sciences International of Ottawa, Canada, the tool’s design is based on input from an expert panel of the Institute of Food Technologists.
While most voters were following the presidential and U.S. Senate races on November 6, those interested in food safety were keeping a close eye on a ballot measure in California. Proposition 37, an initiative that would have mandated the labeling of most foods containing genetically modified ingredients, was soundly defeated, with 53% of initial votes rejecting the measure.
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.
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.
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.
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.