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Features: Novel Disc-Based Assay Reliably Detects E. Coli in Ground Beef

A new disc-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay called GeneDisc reliably and reproducibly detects E. coli serotypes in ground beef, according to new research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that was published in the December issue of Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.

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Features: FDA Finally Releases Proposed FSMA Rules

Nearly a year after they were originally anticipated, two of the rules needed for full implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act have finally been released by the FDA: the produce safety and preventive controls — considered by many to be the most important of the five awaiting release.

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Features: Operations Resume at Peanut Plant Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Sunland Inc., the New Mexico company whose peanut butter was linked to a 20-state Salmonella outbreak last fall, has resumed operations after a federal judge signed a consent agreement dictating conditions under which the company will be allowed to process or distribute its products.

Features: OMB Confirms Food Safety as Key Priority in Obama Administration’s New Term

With Election 2012 in the rearview mirror, can everyone in the food supply chain—breeders and growers, processors and sellers, regulators and consumers—finally expect to see the long-awaited regulations needed to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act?

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Features: Sequencing the Watermelon Genome Reveals Flaw in Breeding

Today’s juicy, sweet, giant watermelons were bred at a cost: They lost much of their disease resistance. That’s one key insight revealed by an international consortium of more than 60 scientists who recently published the genomic sequence of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus).

Features: Congress Passes Food Safety Whistleblower Protections

New legislation designed to improve protections for whistleblowers employed by the federal government, including food safety inspectors, was passed by the U.S. Senate on November 13 and now awaits President Obama’s signature.

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Features: FDA Releases Free Online Risk Assessment Tool

The FDA has at last released iRISK, a free, online risk assessment tool for chemical and biological hazards to food safety. Under development for nearly 10 years, in partnership with Risk Sciences International of Ottawa, Canada, the tool’s design is based on input from an expert panel of the Institute of Food Technologists.

Features: Ballot Measure Mandating Labels for Genetically Modified Food Defeated in California

While most voters were following the presidential and U.S. Senate races on November 6, those interested in food safety were keeping a close eye on a ballot measure in California. Proposition 37, an initiative that would have mandated the labeling of most foods containing genetically modified ingredients, was soundly defeated, with 53% of initial votes rejecting the measure.

Features: Consumer Group Urges Full Implementation of FSMA

A consumer group that supported the passage of FSMA is calling on the Obama Administration to more broadly implement the act after finding that food safety remains a problem in the nation.

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Features: Conference Board of Canada Calls for Improving Country’s Traceability System

Following the recent massive beef recall in Canada, the Conference Board of Canada has issued a new report calling on all companies in the country’s supply chain to improve product traceability.

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