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FAO urges United Nations to establish World Food Safety Day

The General Assembly of United Nations is scheduled to consider establishing a World Food Safety Day when it meets in September. A recent draft resolution, adopted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference on July 7, was forwarded to the secretary-general of the United Nations “with a view to having the General Assembly of the United Nations… Continue Reading

Apply now for the 2018 Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety

Stop Foodborne Illness is now accepting applications for the Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety. “Thanks to the generous outpouring from Dave’s family, friends and colleagues, the staff and board of Stop Foodborne Illness have created the Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety,” according to a news release from the non-profit organization. A man of action,… Continue Reading

A farewell message from Al Almanza after 39 years with FSIS

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Editor’s note: Originally posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a Constituent Update, this message from Al Almanza comes as he prepares for his last day on the job at the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. He is set to retire July 31. After 39 years with FSIS, I am retiring from public… Continue Reading

NSF’s EyeSucceed becomes Glass Partner; refines safety focus

Onsite inspections have long been a standard tool for food safety training and enforcement efforts, but wearable technology and augmented reality are combining to change that with Google Glass. EyeSucceed, a technology company focusing on food safety, is the latest Glass Partner, according to an announcement this morning from parent company NSF International. NSF’s Tom… Continue Reading

Faces of food safety: Meet Andrew Lino of FSIS

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Andrew Lino is a consumer safety inspector (CSI) whose assignment covers four establishments, two processing plants and two export facilities in the Long Beach, CA, Circuit…. Continue Reading

Out with the old, in with the new-ish in USDA’s No. 2 post

Al Almanza puts in his retirement papers; confirmation process begins for Stephen Censky

The Al Almanza decade as USDA’s most important figure in food safety is ending, and Stephen Censky is coming in as deputy secretary to help Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue run the department. Almanza, deputy under secretary for food safety and administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is retiring from government effective July… Continue Reading

At the IAFP departure lounge: Remembering all we’ve learned

The day after the 2017 International Association for Food Protection always leaves attendees headed home with not only complete lessons, but also those “bits and pieces.” Attendees at final event, the awards banquet, spoke about it over their roasted flat iron steak and creme brûlée cheesecake. The problem with the IAFP conference is it is… Continue Reading

Dave Theno Fellowship unveiled at IAFP food safety conference

TAMPA, FL — Before beginning three days of seminars, panel discussions, scientific research presentations and high-level collaboration on how to make food safer, members of the International Association for Food Protection paused Sunday evening to remember and honor one of the best of their ranks. In a special presentation before the annual Ivan Parkin Lecture,… Continue Reading

International food safety community honors its own in Tampa

TAMPA, FL — The International Association for Food Protection will present awards recognizing excellence in food safety to the following organizations and individuals during its annual meeting and conference this week at the Tampa Convention Center. With more than 4,000 members worldwide, the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) is committed to its trademarked slogan:… Continue Reading