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Features: Food Fraud on the Rise, New Report Finds
Whether it’s diluted olive oil, mislabeled fish, adulterated spices, or any of a number of other counterfeits, the instances of food fraud in the U.S. are on the rise, according to a new report from the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), which sets quality standards for food and medicines.
It’s long been known that young children account for a disproportionately high percentage of foodborne illness cases. But public health experts have questioned whether that’s because kids are more susceptible to pathogens or because parents are more likely to take a child for a doctor visit, thus generating an official report of illness.
In this article, LRQA’s food safety expert, Vel Pillay, discusses the importance of looking beyond operational requirements to ensure food safety management systems are effective. You will learn the importance of having both a functioning management system and a robust HACCP program and gain insight from his step by step, simple and logical approach to building a robust food safety management system.
Whitepaper: Committing to a food safety culture
The food industry has come a long way in its practices to ensure that the supply of food is safe, and organizations like the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have been instrumental in promulgating and benchmarking food safety programs to ensure consistent application. However, more needs to be done to gain confidence and trust in the supply chain. In this article, you will gain an understanding of the importance of a culture-based approach to educating and training employees, and how this can help to...
Whitepaper: Safer food supply chains
The food industry is in the news and on the minds of consumers, manufacturers, regulators, and investors, and there is a new era of food safety on the horizon, which will potentially change the food manufacturing industry, and the ways they are regulated and assessed. The introduction of the FSSC 22000 has ushered in a whole new approach to risk management and quality assurance. In this article, you will gain an understanding of the changes taking place and learn how the food manufacturing sector can...
In the U.S., the Food Safety Modernization Act includes specific protections for whistleblowers who report food safety violations, but China has taken that one step further. On January 15, China’s State Food and Drug Administration announced that individuals who report food and drug safety violations could receive a reward ranging from 1% to 6% of the value of the products involved—up to 300,000 yuan (about $50,000).
Introduced nearly a year after it was first due, a new FSMA safety proposal regulating produce has already led to perhaps as many questions as answers.
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.
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.
Trust in food suppliers and simple product screening may go a long way in ensuring contaminated products don't reach consumers.