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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.

Features: Food Companies Should Focus on GFSI Compliance While Waiting on FSMA

A tally of food recalls in the U.S. during a 12-month period offers an early view of the impact of Global Food Safety Initiative certification on food safety.

Features: Verification, Validation Key to Helping Food Companies Comply with GFSI Standards

While consumers’ desire for knowledge about the makeup of their meals grows, so does their need to be reassured about food safety measures that are implemented across the entire supply chain.

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Features: FSIS Debuts New Online Consumer Complaint Form for Foodborne Illness

If you’re violently ill after eating a restaurant hamburger on a Friday night, you might not remember to call a consumer complaint hotline when it reopens the following Monday. As of September 27, you don’t have to: The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service now has an online consumer complaint form to take reports 24/7 about problems with meat, poultry, and egg products.

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Features: Stochastic Mapping Could Speed Foodborne Illness Tracking

A mapping tool developed by government scientists to aid adversarial risk assessment—predicting areas of the food chain where malicious contamination resulting from sabotage might occur—could also assist public health officials and industry in pinpointing the sources of contamination when an accidental outbreak of foodborne illness occurs.

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Features: Hitting the Road for Food Safety

Phenomenex (chromatography media, columns, and sample preparation products) and AB SCIEX (mass spectrometry) have developed some creative LC/MS/MS (liquid chromatography/mass spec) analysis solutions by combining their technology and expertise.

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