Tag Archives: FOOD SAFETY

IFSAC Publishes Paper on How to Categorize Foods Linked to Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

Created in 2011, the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) is a partnership of three federal agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (FSIS). IFSAC aims to enhance the coordination of federal food safety analytic … Continue Reading

OIG Critiques USDA-FSIS Foreign Food Safety Protocols

The Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act require foreign countries that export meat, poultry, and egg products to the U.S. to establish and maintain systems equivalent to the U.S. inspection system. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is responsible for ensuring these products meet all … Continue Reading

USDA Announces Comment Period on NCC Petition to Lift Poultry Line Speeds

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of meat, poultry, and egg products. In 2014, FSIS published a final rule called the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” (79 FR 49566, Aug. 21, 2014) which amended the poultry regulations to establish an additional inspection system, called the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), for young chicken and … Continue Reading

IFSAC to Host Webinar on Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Estimates

Created in 2011, the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) is a partnership of three federal agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (FSIS). IFSAC aims to enhance the coordination of federal food safety analytic … Continue Reading

FDA Pushes for Sharing Whole Genome Sequencing to Promote Food Safety

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) provides insight into the genetic fingerprint of a pathogen by sequencing the chemical building blocks that make up its DNA and is increasingly being employed in food safety efforts.  Since 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regularly turned to WGS to better understand foodborne pathogens, including identifying the … Continue Reading

FSIS to Host Meeting on Whole Genome Sequencing

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) provides insight into the genetic fingerprint of a pathogen by sequencing the chemical building blocks that make up its DNA and is increasingly being employed in food safety efforts.  Since 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regularly turned to WGS to better understand foodborne pathogens, including identifying the … Continue Reading

USDA: HACCP Reviews Required in Hurricane-Hit Areas

On September 19, 2017, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice requiring inspection personnel to notify establishments in hurricane-affected areas to reassess their hazard plans to ensure products are unadulterated. Under FSIS requirements, every establishment must reassess the adequacy of its HACCP plan whenever any changes occur that could affect the hazard analysis or … Continue Reading

FDA Releases Training Module for Carriers Subject to the Sanitary Transportation Rule

As previously covered on this blog, on April 6, 2016, FDA published a final rule to implement sanitary food transportation requirements under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Click here for a complete copy of the final rule.  Click here for an FDA fact sheet summarizing the final rule, and click here for our summary of the rule and its implications … Continue Reading

National Chicken Council Petitions USDA to Lift Poultry Line Speed Limits

As our readership is well aware, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of meat, poultry, and egg products. To help achieve its enumerated food safety goals, FSIS is continuously seeking to develop and promote best practices at slaughter that may be used to prevent, eliminate, or reduce levels of potential microbiological contamination … Continue Reading

FDA Launches Food Safety Plan Builder to Facilitate FSMA Compliance

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food was published on September 17, 2015 (80 FR 55907), and compliance dates for some businesses began in September 2016.  The final rule implements hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls (HARPC) for human food production. The new HARPC requirements implemented by the … Continue Reading

New Poll Shows Consumer Confusion Abounds Over Date labels

As previously covered on this blog, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) launched an initiative this past February to streamline and standardize the wording accompanying the date labels on packages to offer greater clarity regarding the quality and safety of products.  The new voluntary initiative calls for the use of just … Continue Reading

Pew Study Assesses Food Safety Efforts from Farm to Fork

A Pew Charitable Trusts study released this month examines “preharvest” food safety control measures currently used on farms and feedlots and concludes that efforts to reduce contamination of meat and poultry products from harmful pathogens requires a comprehensive “farm to fork” approach. The study specifically examined food safety control measures designed to limit exposure on … Continue Reading

CFIA Launches New Online Consultation to Streamline Regs Between Canada and U.S.

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) is a joint initiative between Canada and the United States that facilitates regulatory cooperation between the two countries and aims to enhance economic competitiveness. The RCC was created in 2011 to facilitate closer cooperation between Canada and the United States to develop smarter approaches to regulations and to make both economies stronger and more competitive, while … Continue Reading

FDA Increasingly Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Achieve Food Safety Goals

As background, whole genome sequencing (WGS) essentially provides insight into the genetic fingerprint of a pathogen by sequencing the chemical building blocks that make up its DNA.  Since 2012, FDA has regularly turned to WGS to better understand foodborne pathogens, including identifying the nature and source of microbes that contaminate food and cause outbreaks of … Continue Reading

FDA Launches “Organ Chip” Project to Support Food and Dietary Supplement Safety Research

“Organs-on-Chips” technology has been the focus of a public-private collaboration between FDA, the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  “Organs-on-Chips” essentially involves creating miniature-sized human organ systems on micro-engineered chips about the size of an AA battery.  This technology has revolutionized the manner in which scientists can study the … Continue Reading

Brazilian Meat Regains Access to Key Markets Amid Recent Scandal

As previously covered on this blog, Brazilian federal police raided several meat producers earlier this month for allegedly doling out bribes to inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with Salmonella. A number of jurisdictions – including China, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, South Africa and the European Union – responded by halting the … Continue Reading

FDA and Federal Partners Issue New Food Safety Analytics Strategic Plan

Created in 2011, The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) is a partnership of three federal agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (FSIS). IFSAC aims to enhance the coordination of federal food … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Calls for Halting the Importation of Brazilian Meat

By way of background, Brazilian federal police raided several meat producers last Friday for allegedly doling out bribes to inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with Salmonella. The raids uncovered that a small number of companies and inspectors have allegedly been using “carcinogenic acids” to mask rotten meat, switching out labels on expired … Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Updated Guidance Concerning Beef and Veal Slaughter Best Practices

As our readership is well aware, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the production of meat, poultry, and egg products.  To help achieve its enumerated food safety goals, FSIS works with industry to develop and promote best practices at slaughter that may be used to prevent, eliminate, or reduce levels of potential microbiological … Continue Reading

More Calls for a National Food Safety Strategy

More Calls for a National Food Safety Strategy  A month after four senators asked the Trump administration to implement the food safety recommendations in a General Accounting Office (GAO) report calling for a national food strategy (see our February 21, 2017 blog for more details), researchers at Vermont and Harvard law schools released the results … Continue Reading

New Date Labeling Initiative Launched to Reduce Consumer Confusion

Supermarket shelves are overflowing with food and beverage products sporting a dizzying array of date labels.  The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) report (here and here) that, as it stands, at least 10 different date labels on packages – such as Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better … Continue Reading

FSIS Sets Public Meeting on Food Allergens for March 16

As our readership is well aware, under current law, establishments regulated by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are required to declare all ingredients, including allergens, on their products’ labels.  If FSIS determines that a product under its jurisdiction contains undeclared allergens, the Agency requests the establishment to recall the product.  FSIS recently reported that since … Continue Reading

Four Senators Ask Trump to Implement GAO Food Safety Recommendations

Four democratic senators wrote President Donald J. Trump on February 13, the same day that the General Accounting Office (GAO) released a report on federal oversight of food safety, asking that the Administration work with Congress to implement the recommendations in the report. The report is titled, Food Safety A National Strategy Is Needed to … Continue Reading

FDA Denies Methylmercury Labeling Petition for Seafood

FDA has denied a petition seeking to require methylmercury labeling on seafood. (subscription to Food Chemical News is required) Mercury exposure via seafood consumption has been a health concern for years, so much so that FDA has an entire section of its website dedicated to the topic. By way of background, airborne mercury, produced from … Continue Reading
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