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Features: Food Safety Deficiencies at Nearly 40% of Egg Farms, According to FDA

Inspections by the FDA revealed “significant deficiencies” at 197 of the 555 egg farms reviewed by the agency’s own safety inspectors and contract workers, according to data released by the FDA on July 9.

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Features: New Partnership Aims to Sequence 100,000 Foodborne Pathogen Genomes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have partnered with the University of California-Davis and Agilent Technologies to create a publicly available database that will eventually contain the genomes of at least 100,000 foodborne pathogens.

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Features: Electrostatic Spraying Boosts E. Coli Protection

Electrostatic spraying of produce using organic acids appears to provide effective protection against E. coli, according to new research published in the Journal of Food Science.

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Features: As FSMA Implementation Misses More Deadlines, Educators Can Only Wait

FSPCA—the public-private group planning a nationwide core curriculum, along with training and outreach programs for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act—has nothing to use for training.

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Features: Traditional Poultry Meat Inspection Doesn’t Address Biggest Public Health Threats, EFSA

Standard methods of inspection can’t detect the most significant pathogenic threats to human health found in meat poultry, according to a scientific opinion published July 3 by the European Food Safety Authority.

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Features: Microbe That Thrives in Salt Offers Platform for Salmonella Vaccine

A humble microbe called haloarchaea might be the ideal delivery vehicle for a vaccine against Salmonella, as well as many other enteric diseases, according to researchers at the University of Maryland.

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Features: 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.

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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