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Taiwanese Government to Establish Food Safety Agency

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Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has announced plans to create a food safety agency within his government in an effort to combat problems with tainted food and other food safety concerns that have plagued Taiwan and China in recent years, according to the China Post. The announcement comes just a month after the revelation of an… Continue Reading

Foster Farms: Food-Safety Leader or Bad Actor?

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After 11 years at the helm of California-based poultry producer Foster Farms, Ron Foster announced last week that he was stepping down as president and CEO of the company his grandparents started 75 years ago. Over those 11 years, the company has attracted a lot of attention related to Salmonella, both good and bad. Under… Continue Reading

Senators to Colleagues: Don’t ‘Pre-Emptively Weaken’ COOL

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Over the summer, more than 100 members of Congress called for repeal of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) if the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against the U.S. in its trade dispute with Canada and Mexico. This week, 32 senators wrote to the leaders of the Appropriations Committee, asking that they not deal with the labeling rule… Continue Reading

Tyson Announces Removal of Antibiotics From its Chicken Hatcheries

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Tyson Foods has announced that, as of Oct. 1, it no longer uses antibiotics in its 35 chicken hatcheries. “Since the antibiotic typically used in hatcheries is important to human health, this is a significant first step toward our goal of reducing the use of antibiotics that are also used in human medicine,” the company… Continue Reading

Training Teachers Helps Students Learn Food Safety

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One way to teach kids about food safety and nutrition is to teach their teachers. That’s the idea behind a training program the Food and Drug Administration has been running for the past 15 years. “Science and Our Food Supply” is a week-long program held in the summer that brings together teachers from all over… Continue Reading

Almanza Named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA

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Al Almanza, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was named the USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety on Monday, according to the meat industry trade publication Meatingplace. Almanza will share the title of Deputy Under Secretary with Brian Ronholm, who has been serving as Acting Under… Continue Reading

FSMA Rule Revisions a ‘Huge Win’ for the Organic Sector

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Organic food producers are very pleased with the Food and Drug Administration’s revised provisions for the produce safety rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “It’s a huge win,” says Gwendolyn Wyard, regulatory director of Organic Standards and Food Safety with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). These changes are about making sure the rules… Continue Reading

Could Yelp and Twitter Become Tools to Detect Foodborne Outbreaks?

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Social media platforms such as Yelp and Twitter have significantly altered the online landscape for restaurants. Now anyone with an Internet connection and an opinion can broadcast their thoughts to others interested in visiting. But what if public health officials could use Yelp and Twitter to track people mentioning foodborne illnesses online to detect outbreaks… Continue Reading

Twitter Chat on #SafeLunch

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The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) hosted a Twitter chat on Monday night about packed lunch food safety with Ben Chapman, associate professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University. Below, you’ll find some of the tips offered up during the #SafeLunch chat. If you have more questions, IFT is hosting a… Continue Reading

Perdue Announces Dramatic Reduction in Antibiotic Use in its Chickens

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Perdue Foods, the third-largest chicken producer in the country, is setting a high bar for antibiotics preservation on farms, and the public health community is pleased. At a press conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the company announced that it has stopped using antibiotics in all of its chicken hatcheries. Chairman Jim Perdue called it “another… Continue Reading