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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.

Columns: We’re Happy to Comply — But How?

Anyone involved in the food industry has now heard about the recent passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA. Although the FSMA imposes many new and, some might argue, exotic requirements on industry, the one that likely will have the greatest impact on food companies is the mandate that they “develop and implement written food safety plans.” Many companies are asking, what does this really mean? Although none of us can be certain until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

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Features: Beef Industry Releases First Best-Practice Guidelines

The Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) released best practice guidelines for sampling, lotting, and testing beef products at the Beef Industry Safety Summit in early March

Features: Government Agency Recommends Consolidation of Food Safety Oversight

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends the consolidation of food safety oversight into a single agency, which it says could save money and improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Departments: Get a Documented Food Safety Plan

Get ready to meet your new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspector. On Jan. 4, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510. The bill essentially takes provisions from the House-passed H.R. 2749 and combines it with S. 510 (Senate) to make one bill. The new bill will impose stiff penalties for known violations. To ensure enforcement, the House bill includes a minimum $1,000/year registration fee to be assessed to all food facilities to help pay for mandatory FDA...

News: The Obama Administration and Food Safety

Two years into it term, the Obama administration gets a solid grade of B for overall food safety from a range of interest groups that includes consumer advocates, growers, processors, and manufacturers. But consensus is lacking on specific efforts, such as the conducting inspections, since different groups are impacted very differently by these activities. For instance, consumers applaud more frequent testing of fresh produce, but growers complain that the process takes too long and can hold up and even...

Features: USDA Approves Genetically Modified Sugar Beets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will permit the planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets under certain conditions, while continuing to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the beets under a ruling from a U.S. district court judge.

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