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Features: Organization Will Help Strengthen Food Safety Coordination

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) received a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help strengthen interagency collaboration in the national food safety system, the AFDO announced.

Columns: Are We Almost There?

With the passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been tasked to create approximately 50 rules, guidance documents, reports, and studies—all of which all must be implemented within very specific time frames.

Columns: FSMA Takes Shape

In less than 12 months from now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin requiring regulated food companies to demonstrate that they have adopted and implemented written food safety plans, with defined preventive controls designed to reduce or prevent food safety hazards.

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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.

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Features: Groups Sue FDA to Stop Antibiotic Use in Animal Feed

On May 25, several environmental and health advocacy groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to stop the large-scale use of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed, claiming that this practice causes the development of drug-resistant bacteria that are dangerous to humans.

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Features: FDA Implementing Food Safety Modernization Act

The first two rules established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in January, will take effect July 3

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Features: Produce Industry Creating Audit Standard

The produce industry is nearing a single food safety audit standard, announced David Gombas, PhD, senior vice president of food safety and technology for the United Fresh Produce Association United Fresh Produce Association, at the association’s 2011 meeting May 4.

Departments: Put Your Stamp on Food Safety

The passage of any new legislation is bound to bring on a lengthy period of adjustment. When that legislation is as broad and sweeping as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the period of adjustment can last years. In our last column, we addressed the new federal requirement, which begins in June 2012, that food companies adopt written food safety plans, alternatively referred to as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans. While the initiative may appear relatively simple and...

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Features: Study Reports a Quarter of Meat and Poultry in U.S. Contaminated

Experts question significance of staph findings

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Features: Canada to Publish Food Safety Enforcement Info

In a move that experts say will bring it more in line with U.S. policy, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that it will post the agency’s compliance and enforcement activities on its website from on its website.

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