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Help wanted: Job sites, academic programs focus on food safety

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As American consumers become increasingly concerned about the quality of their food, there’s been an enhanced focus on food safety in the academic and employment fields. Programs leading to degrees and certifications in food safety are growing, along with jobs handling quality assurance in the food industry and auditing producers for compliance with the Food Safety… Continue Reading

Wal-Mart’s chicken safety program shows significant results

Wal-Mart's Great Value brand chicken parts such as these drumsticks are now produced under stricter food safety requirements, as is all chicken provided to the retailer by U.S. suppliers.

With four steps, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken a giant leap in poultry food safety, reporting a decrease of the frequency of Salmonella contamination of chicken parts to 2 percent. The multi-national retailer has been working with its U.S. chicken suppliers on stepped-up food safety requirements since December 2014. Suppliers of chicken parts such as… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Food safety stars shine as IAFP wraps up annual conference

Outgoing president Alejandro Mazzotta accepts his gavel on a plaque from incoming president Linda Harris at the annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection.  (Photos by Coral Beach)

ST. LOUIS — The spotlight was on those who make a difference in the food safety arena Wednesday night at the awards banquet for the conference of the International Association for Food Protection. The association, founded by dairy inspectors in 1911, also saw the passing of its presidential gavel at the annual event, which attracted… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Digging into Delmarva: Salmonella research producing results

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ST. LOUIS — As with so many sessions at this year’s conference of the International Association for Food Protection, whole genome sequencing was in the spotlight during a discussion of Salmonella problems on the Delmarva peninsula. Tourism and agriculture are the top activities on the 170-mile stretch of land that takes its name from the… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Feds channel The Stones: You can’t always get what you want

The USDA's Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza, left, answers a question from the audience as FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Stephen Ostroff, right, listens. The two top food cops gave a U.S. regulatory update Monday afternoon at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection. About 3,000 people are registered for the four-day event in St. Louis.  (Photo by Coral Beach)

ST. LOUIS — Neither of the top U.S. food cops on stage here had the moves of Mick Jagger, but they borrowed the sentiment from one of The Stones’ greatest hits when they summed up federal progress on the food safety front. “You can’t always get what you want,” Jagger said in 1969. But, if… Continue Reading

Benefit set Aug. 10 for STOP Foodborne Illness

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The national nonprofit advocacy group STOP Foodborne Illness is inviting supporters to “STOP @ Dovetail Brewery” for a benefit event in Chicago on Aug. 10. Tickets are available online for $85 each for the evening of craft beer, appetizers and jazz at the Windy City’s newest craft brewery, The Dovetail Brewery. On tap — literally… Continue Reading

Tech+intellect = 100% consumers at CPS Research Symposium

Bob Whitaker of the Produce Marketing Association, is on the board of directors for the Center for Produce Safety and is a member of its Technical Committee.

SEATTLE — The mood was upbeat as the Center for Produce Safety’s seventh annual Research Symposium opened. “Welcome to our coming-out party,” said an enthusiastic Steve Patricio, the center’s board chairman, as he welcomed more than 300 attendees to the two days of research reports about food safety in the fresh produce industry. Patricio, president and chief executive… Continue Reading

FDA’s former top food cop now focused on food security

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Editor’s note: Mike Taylor, who just left his post as deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, sent this message to friends and colleagues June 8 and granted Food Safety News permission to reprint it here. Since I announced my plans to leave FDA, a number of you have asked what I will do next.  With… Continue Reading

The future is now for America’s food safety programs

A town hall style question and answer session at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit on Thursday included (from left) Joe Corby of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Robert Tauxe of the CDC, David Goldman of the USDA and Mike Taylor of the FDA.

CHICAGO — Optimism was running high at the Food Safety Summit Thursday when four heavy hitters took the stage for a town hall session where 2016 was characterized as a tipping point. Advances in science and technology are combining with legislative and regulatory changes to catapult the country into a new era where Americans will… Continue Reading

Collaboration common theme among food safety honorees

NSF Food Safety Aware presenters and honorees at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit are (from left):  presenter Shelly Feist of the Partnership for Food Safety; honorees  John Butts, Judy Harrison, Gary Acuff, who accepted the award for Purnendu C. Vasavada; and  presenter Lori Stephens, of NSF International.

CHICAGO — More than 70 combined years of food safety advocacy and research by John Butts and Purnendu Vasavada was recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit today. The annual Food Safety Leadership Award for Training and Education went to Judy A. Harrison, professor and Extension food safety specialist at… Continue Reading