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News: Key Points of FSMA

The FDA has been given the authority to issue a food recall directly, without the requirement for hard evidence of contamination. The agency is now empowered to seize food that it has any reason to believe is contaminated, adulterated, or misbranded. This change was designed to focus the FDA on prevention, moving away from its current reactive role. If the FDA issues a food recall, it also has power to suspend any food facility’s production should the agency decide that there is an associated health...

News: Nuts and Bolts of FSMA

Because a breakdown at any point in the farm-to-table food supply chain can threaten the health and safety of consumers and cause serious financial repercussions for food manufacturers, the FSMA integrates with and expands the FDA’s currently established safety practices for poultry, seafood, juice, produce, and eggs, making prevention easier throughout the domestic and international food system.

News: Bumpy Path to Food Safety

Under FSMA, enacted in January 2011, the FDA is responsible for mitigating food safety problems by using science- and risk-based approaches to oversee about 80% of the nation’s domestic and imported food supplies. The plan includes establishing minimum produce safety standards, exercising the authority to order mandatory recalls of suspected food products, conducting a broad range of food facility inspections, establishing a comprehensive product tracing system, holding imported food products to the...

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Features: USDA Bans Six More Strains of E. Coli

Ground beef tainted with any of six additional strains of E. coli. besides the already-banned 0157:H7 will be banned from sale in the U.S., according to a new rule issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on September 13.

Online Exclusives: India Moves to Tighten Food Labeling Laws

The growing market for packaged food provides both opportunities and challenges to food processors, importers, food packagers, and labelers to respond to consumers’ requirements. Innovations in food product development, packaging, and labeling are becoming key factors for survival across the world. Therefore, product packaging and labeling have numerous important roles to play in the emerging market environment.

Features: Eye on China

Glow-in-the-dark pork. Exploding watermelons. These recent oddities from China might seem comical were it not for the country’s abysmal food safety record, which includes deaths and illnesses caused by melamine-laced baby formula, Salmonella-tainted seafood, and clenbuterol-treated pork.

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Features: One Pathogen’s Natural Enemy

New research from the University of Washington lends further insights into how nitric oxide—a chemical that is used as a preservative and is also naturally produced in the body—inhibits the growth of the Salmonella bacteria and may assist researchers looking for ways to combat the pathogen.

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Features: Need Practice Preparing for Food Safety Crises?

You’re an official with a state office of public health, and reports have begun to come in about cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in your own and a neighboring state.

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Features: Canada Embarks on 3-Year, $21.5 Million Traceability Plan

The Ontario and Canadian governments announced in July that they will invest $21.5 million in food safety over the course of the next three years by improving traceability.

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Features: European E. Coli Outbreaks Could Recur

The apparent source of contamination in the deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe—a single massive shipment of fenugreek seeds from Egypt—has been widely distributed throughout the continent, and new outbreaks or continued sporadic cases are likely until the expiration date of the seeds three years from now, according to a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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