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News: Bumpy Path to Food Safety

Under FSMA, enacted in January 2011, the FDA is responsible for mitigating food safety problems by using science- and risk-based approaches to oversee about 80% of the nation’s domestic and imported food supplies. The plan includes establishing minimum produce safety standards, exercising the authority to order mandatory recalls of suspected food products, conducting a broad range of food facility inspections, establishing a comprehensive product tracing system, holding imported food products to the...

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News: E. Coli Can Linger in Streambeds for Months

E. coli pathogens have already proven that they have a stubborn ability to survive in the human digestive system. Now, new research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that they’re also hardy enough to live for months in underwater sediments, sometimes even overwintering in streambeds.

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News: Americans Fear Japanese-Imported Food

Only 25% of Americans would feel comfortable buying and eating food imported from Japan in the wake of the radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the earthquake and tsunami in March, according to a survey presented last week at the 2011 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

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News: Method Aims to Boost Eggs’ Defenses

A specialized cooling system that could strengthen eggs’ natural defenses against Salmonella is edging closer to market, reported the system’s developer, Kevin Keener, PhD, an associate professor of food science at Purdue University.

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News: FDA Outlines Ambitious Global Effort

Given the scarcity of resources, the U.S. cannot work alone to ensure the safety of food imported from other countries, says the “Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality,” a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that outlines its plan to work globally to track the movement of food and drugs.

News: Method Aims to Boost Eggs’ Defenses

A specialized cooling system that could strengthen eggs’ natural defenses against Salmonella is edging closer to market, reported the system’s developer, Kevin Keener, PhD, an associate professor of food science at Purdue University.

News: FDA Outlines Ambitious Global Effort

Given the scarcity of resources, the U.S. cannot work alone to ensure the safety of food imported from other countries, says the “Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality,” a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that outlines its plan to work globally to track the movement of food and drugs.

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News: E. Coli Outbreaks Point to Need for More Research, Expert Says

Although they appear unrelated to each other and involve different strains of the bacteria, recent E. coli outbreaks in Germany and the U.S. underscore how much scientists still have to learn about this pathogen, said U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Pina Fratamico, PhD.

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News: Importers Resisting Call for Catfish Inspections

As the Office of Catfish Inspection Programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) prepares to implement a new requirement for the inspection of farm-raised catfish, a responsibility that’s moving to the USDA from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Asian importers are resisting calls for a broad definition of just what counts as a “catfish” for inspection purposes.

News: Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Trigger Food-Supply Cautions

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, killing more than 26,000 people and damaging or destroying more than 125,000 buildings, has also threatened the nation’s food production system and tested emergency quality assurance procedures.

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