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Microbes inhabiting contact and environmental sites in food processing are mostly harmful as microbial communities that form in critical places contaminate the surfaces and consequently the products made in that particular process.

Cereal study urges US focus on oats to cut risk from ‘potent renal carcinogen’

Scientists researching the presence of a mycotoxin considered a 'potent renal carcinogen' in US cereals have found levels above EU maximum limits in 8% of oat based cereals tested, and...

Former USDA official brings regulatory expertise

OSI Group taps Kenneth Petersen to oversee QA, food safety

In a move to regroup after a year in which it was dogged by food safety challenges, global protein supplier OSI Group has hired Dr. Kenneth Petersen to head up...

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Zinetti tells of metal detection ‘slam dunk’

Zinetti Food Products has described the ‘slam dunk’ moment it decided to buy Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray’s X33 x-ray inspection system.

Taiwan

Taiwanese gutter oil company ranked world's third most controversial

A Taiwanese food oil producer is one of the front-runners on an annual league table that features the world’s most controversial companies of the previous year.

Senator Richard Durbin and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro introduce Safe Food Act 2015

Single food safety agency aim for legislation

Legislation to create a single food agency has been proposed with the current system branded as ‘hopelessly fragmented and outdated’.

Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria, Campylobacter

US interagency group to improve foodborne illness source attribution estimates for major pathogens

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are hosting a...

Highly pathogenic H5N8 found in turkeys

First US case of avian flu in commercial poultry reported in California

The first US finding of avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock this year was reported by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)...

Goal: Prevent 50k illnesses each year

FSIS seeks 30% reduction in Salmonella and Campylobacter via new standards

Taking the next step in its Salmonella Action Plan, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and...

Mettler-Toledo targets x-ray inspection of tall and rigid containers

Mettler-Toledo has launched an x-ray inspection system for tall and rigid containers to protect food safety and product integrity.

Nanoscale pores stop bacteria sticking to surfaces

A nanoscale surface that bacteria can’t stick to holds promise for the food processing industry, according to its developers.

Top 5 metal detection tips

Fortress Technology upgrades its metal detectors in compliance with M&S revised code of practice

Fortress Technology has released its top five metal detector tips as it upgrades its Vector metal detector/ conveyor equipment for suppliers following the announcement Marks and Spencer (M&S) retail store has...

Goal: Help small operations comply with FSMA

Competitive grants on tap to fund food safety training for small businesses

Having identified a need to provide food safety training to small food processors and farm owners, two US federal agencies have announced they will collaboratively administer a competitive grant program...

Modernization, collaboration, education, safer nation

FSIS Administrator Al Almanza reviews 2014, eyes the year ahead (Part 2)

Major product recalls, multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness, formalizing cooperation among federal agencies, and an overhaul of the poultry slaughter inspection system: such challenges are all in a day's work...

Looking back over 2014 and ahead to 2015

FSIS administrator Al Almanza takes stock of achievements, challenges

Al Almanza, administrator of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), had a full agenda last year, and 2015 promises to be busier yet. Almanza...

Washington state implements quarantine after backyard flocks fall ill

Avian flu fears prompt 30 countries to ban poultry imports from Pacific Northwest

Anxiety about the detection of avian influenza (AI) in Washington state has prompted nearly two dozen countries to ban imports of poultry from the Pacific Northwest this week.

Two additional cases reported in Canada

Six dead, 32 ill in Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

Six people have died in a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes illnesses linked to caramel apples, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.

Fraunhofer polymer powder cuts beverage quality testing time

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute has co-developed a new polymer powder to detect harmful microorganisms in beer and other beverages that it claims will dramatically shorten testing times.

Eight-year-old died from E. coli O157:H7 infection

Massachusetts parents sue Whole Foods, beef supplier for allegedly causing son's death

A Massachusetts couple has filed suit against Whole Foods Market and a Missouri beef supplier, alleging its E. coli-contaminated beef caused the death of the couple’s eight-year-old son.

Broad range of constituents represented

Appointees join National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term.

Top 5 strangest health & safety incidents of 2014

From a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a Food Safety Summit to beef from Walmart, allegedly laced with LSD, and the death of a man found inside an industrial...

Trade groups, regulators, academics, consumer groups involved

Walmart’s campaign to improve poultry safety, Part 2: Stakeholder engagement

Part 1 of this article described the strengthened poultry safety program Walmart has announced. Part 2 discusses how the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations have agreed...

Suppliers must meet new guidelines by mid-2016

Walmart leads the charge toward improved poultry safety (Part 1)

To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers. 

Report slams “obvious underinvestment” in food safety

France to increase its food safety workforce in 2015

Less and less controls and a complex administration… says ‘ La politique de sécurité sanitaire des aliments’, a report presented to the minister of agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, last week,...

Retailer expands on employee engagement

Walmart VP: To make gains in food safety, focus on behavior (Part 1)

To improve food safety outcomes, educating consumers about food safety must go beyond providing information to evoke behavioral change, according to Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s VP of food safety.

Will partying pathogens capture public's interest?

Food safety agencies debut ads featuring dancing E. coli and salmonella

"Don’t let E. coli mosh with your food. An estimated 3,000 Americans die from a foodborne illness each year. You can’t see these microbes, but they might be there. So...