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Food Safety Summit 2017: Events, courses begin today

Food Safety Summit week begins today with sold-out certification courses and continues through Thursday, with more than 1,700 attendees expected for the annual conference and trade show. While food safety is the overall theme of the week, one pathogen in particular is in the spotlight this year at the Food Safety Summit in the Donald… Continue Reading

Auditor credential program added to Food Safety Summit

Professionals in the food safety auditing arena are exercising practical application of the old adage if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem with the launch of a credentialing program. The course work and independent exam have been in the work for six years and will debut at the 2017 Food… Continue Reading

The Produce Rule comes into focus at Food Safety Summit

Few things are certain in farming and no amount of planning can prevent or undo the damage of an untimely hail storm or hard freeze. But there’s one thing one thing produce growers and packers already know about the 2018 season. They know whether they are among the 35,000 operations that must comply with new… Continue Reading

Hot topics front and center at Food Safety Summit 2017

Impact of President Trump's 2-for-1 regulation rule, Listeria control are of high interest this year

The largest Food Safety Summit in the event’s history was the 18th annual summit in 2016, but attendee registrations and show floor booth reservations are on track for year 19 to set new records. Scheduled for May 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare International Airport in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL, the… Continue Reading

Man arrested for food tampering after child’s salsa bar illness

Police investigating a possible food tampering incident at a salsa bar in South Lake Tahoe, CA, have arrested a local man on a felony charge related to a similar incident last week in a different place. Harry Dally, 43, was taken into custody Tuesday night and charged with suspicion of food contamination that could be capable of… Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness to honor Food Safety Heroes

STOP Foodborne Illness, the Chicago-based national advocacy and education organization, will honor three Food Safety Heroes at a fundraising event being held Dec. 6 from 7-9 p.m. The awards will be given during the Food Safety Consortium at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N., Schaumburg, IL. The benefit is open to the… Continue Reading

Board nixes use of carrageenan in organic food production

Sends 'bioponics' controversy back to subcommittee

The National Organic Standards Board has voted 10-3, with one abstention, to remove carrageenan from the list of substances approved for use in food items labeled “USDA Organic.” The vote came Thursday afternoon during the board’s three-day fall meeting in St. Louis. NOSB members were tentatively scheduled to make a decision Friday on whether to approve the continued… Continue Reading

Controversies loom for National Organic Standards Board

When the National Organic Standards Board meets this week in St. Louis, its 15 members will confront some particularly controversial agenda items involving whether certain substances and production methods are acceptable for use in food items certified as organic. The NOSB is an citizen advisory group responsible for considering and making recommendations to USDA on a… Continue Reading