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The Produce Rule comes into focus at Food Safety Summit

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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

People’s Republic of China adopts a new 5-year food safety plan

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The full text of the 13th Five-year Plan for Food Safety by China’s State Council, issued earlier this month, is available in Chinese. The document examines the status of food safety in China, acknowledging that some problems do exist, according to an English version of a news release from The State Council. The plan specifically… Continue Reading

Malaysian surimi facility comes up short at inspection

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A seafood processing plant in Malaysia owned by TS Food Industry Sdn. Bhd. is in serious violation of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An FDA inspection team visited the facility Oct. 18 and 19, 2016m finding problems that the company did not adequately… Continue Reading

Near confirmation, Perdue says no to Brazilian beef embargo

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Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue thinks it would be an over-reaction for USDA to embargo Brazilian beef because of that country’s federal investigation of meat inspectors being bribed to overlook standards for exported meat. Perdue responded to questioning by Sen. John Thune, R-SD, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, which lasted… Continue Reading

USDA beefs up scrutiny of Brazilian beef amid bribery scandal

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None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once it heard a scandal was brewing…. Continue Reading

Three things to expect during unannounced FDA inspections

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It’s not a question of if, but when, officials with the Food and Drug Administration will show up at any given food company for an unannounced inspection, with any violations outlined in a Form 483 that is handed off to company representatives as inspectors head out the door. While the Form 483 itself is essentially… Continue Reading

‘Filthy Food Bill’ draws fire from host of food safety advocates

Trump's Regulatory Accountability Act would create 'an unprecedented regulatory gauntlet'

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally published by the Environmental Working Group under the headline “No Rules? No Food Safety” and reflects the views of Scott Faber, EWG’s vice president of government affairs. Below is a letter on the same topic, sent by several organizations — including EWG, the Consumers Union, the Center for Science in the… Continue Reading

Federal police drop dragnet on Brazilian meat inspectors

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Brazil’s Federal Police last week were out to clean up some corruption in the country’s meatpacking industry in a big, but targeted way. Two major exporting companies, JBS and BRF, are being probed for possible payoffs to meat inspectors who are being accused of waiving food safety requirements. Brazil on March 17 deployed 1,100 police… Continue Reading

Vulto Creamery recalls raw milk cheeses because of Listeria

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Vulto Creamery initiated a nationwide recall Tuesday of all lots of four types of its raw milk cheeses and stopped production at its Walton, NY, plant because the FDA found Listeria monocytogenes in one of the products. The recall is for all lots of Vulto Creamery’s Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk… Continue Reading

IoT = Smarter kitchens, smarter business, safer food for all

The third in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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Lunch rush is just hitting full swing as a party of four walks into a buzzing fast-casual restaurant for a quick bite. After placing their orders, one of them is handed a coaster sized sensor. Hitting up the soda fountain before finding a seat, the group decides to escape the crowded indoors for the outdoor… Continue Reading