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It’s been used to crack the code of some of the most troublesome foodborne illness outbreaks in the world, including the rare and lethal E. coli hybrid strain that began in Germany and spread throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. last summer, as well as the outbreak of listeriosis traced to cantaloupes from Colorado-based Jensen Farms last autumn.
Rather than eliminating the 10-year-old Microbiological Data Program, which tests about 15,000 samples of produce such as sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, and cantaloupe for pathogens annually, the USDA should expand the program, said Alfredo G. Torres, PhD, associate professor in the departments of microbiology and immunology and pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in Texas.
Electron-beam irradiation can inactivate rotavirus and poliovirus on lettuce and spinach, says a new study from researchers at the National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University in College Station
Features: FDA User Fees Face Pushback
The Obama administration is asking for an additional $253 million in the FDA’s 2013 budget for the Transforming Food Safety Initiative, which is designed to help the agency implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.
A new standard from the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets out up-to-date requirements for food irradiation using ionizing radiation to control pathogens, reduce spoilage, and extend shelf life.
The organic food industry is experiencing growing pains as it attempts to gain market share and assume a more prominent place among U.S. foodgrowers, processors, and consumers.
The use of HACCP systems to guarantee the production of safe food products for consumers has become very popular over the past few decades. The HACCP technique is a logical, straightforward control system based on the prevention of problems; in other words, the HACCP program uses common sense to manage food safety.
Within the next few days or the next few months—depending on whether or not industry challenges to implementation of the rule are successful—U.S. beef producers will be required to test their meats not only for the well-known pathogenic strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7, but also for six other strains of the bacteria known to cause illness in humans.
The most notable factors that will influence the health of the food industry in 2012 include food demand, outbreaks, recalls, regulation, and safety.
Features: FSMA Regulations Delayed
In January, anyone with an interest in food safety was watching their press releases from the FDA expectantly, figuring that the first in a series of regulations designed to implement the FSMA would be coming out at any moment.