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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends the consolidation of food safety oversight into a single agency, which it says could save money and improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Plan to use halamine coating could reduce illness-causing organisms
Rapid identification of local clusters listed among top challenges in investigations
Scientists in Israel have developed what they call “killer paper,” packaging material coated with silver nanoparticles, each 1/50,000 the width of a human hair.
In an effort to shift its approach to foodborne illness from a fragmented process to a coordinated, prevention-oriented safety program, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will create a 40-person multidisciplinary team dedicated to foodborne disease outbreaks.
Features: The Father of Food Preservation
Just after the new year began, President Obama signed legislation for the most sweeping overhaul of America’s food safety system in more than 70 years, allowing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to impose new rules to prevent contamination. It’s a concern that dates back to Roman times, but food microbiology saw major advances starting in the late 1700s, spearheaded by no less than Napoleon.
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 was signed into law in January after months of wrangling– but now the law and other food safety enforcement efforts face new challenges. House Republicans aim to slash the federal budget, and two of their targets for spending cuts are the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Current proposals would cut $88 million from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and $241 million overall from the...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will permit the planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets under certain conditions, while continuing to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the beets under a ruling from a U.S. district court judge.
Salmonella accounted for 37.6% of the reports submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Reportable Food Registry (RFR) Annual Report between September 2009 and September 2010, according to the first annual release of the report in January. Undeclared allergens and intolerances made up nearly as many reports, at 34.9%, with Listeria monocytogenes making up 14.4% of incidents.
Features: Chinese Poultry Rule Stirs Controversy
As signs point toward a move by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to permit importation of Chinese processed poultry products to the U.S., some question whether this would be a good idea.