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Features: 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.

Features: 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.

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

FSIS expected to begin monitoring compliance in September

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

Researcher’s method creates ‘cold snow’ around eggs

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Features: 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.

Features: 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.

Features: 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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Features: 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.

Features: 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.

Features: FDA Faults Plant Procedures in Pet Food Outbreak

Diamond Pet Foods’ failure to provide an adequate number of handwashing facilities, maintain sanitary equipment, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent Salmonella contamination contributed to illness in at least 16 people in nine states, the FDA said in a May 15 report.

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