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U.S. signs reciprocal food safety agreement with Australia

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed an arrangement with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has recognized a foreign food safety system as comparable, the first being New Zealand in 2012 and… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak strain in several flour brands from Ardent Mills

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The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed 27 cases of E. coli O121 infections across five Canadian provinces since November 2016 that have been linked to flour produced by Ardent Mills Canada. A 28th victim was a visitor to the country. Seven of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, but are recovering. No deaths have… Continue Reading

FDA warns seafood firms in Alabama, Ecuador to clean up

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The Food and Drug Administration found serious food safety violations at two seafood facilities, one in Ecuador and one in Alabama, according to warning letters recently made public by the federal agency. Food companies that receive FDA warning letters have 15 working days to respond with an outline the specific things they are doing to… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Lay’s, Miss Vickies chips recalled for Salmonella risk

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UPDATED CONTENT 9:15 p.m. — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also posted a recall for three sizes of packages of one flavor of the Frito-Lay chips. Details and photos below. Frito-Lay is recalling several varieties of Lay’s and Miss Vickie’s chips nationwide because the seasoning on them has been recalled because of Salmonella. “This action is the direct… Continue Reading

EU vaccination of cattle for lumpy skin disease has worked

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)  has found that the mass vaccination of cattle implemented in south-eastern Europe successfully contained the outbreaks of lumpy skin disease in the region in 2015-16. This is the main conclusion of an epidemiological analysis carried out by EFSA in cooperation with countries affected by the disease and those at… Continue Reading

Not the first rodeo for Food Safety Summit’s Hot Topics

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There’s a rodeo in Cheyenne, WY, every summer that is called the “Daddy of Them All” because it’s been happening since 1897 and has grown into one of the biggest and best. The 19th Annual Food Safety Summit coming up May 8-11 in Rosemont, IL, near Chicago is also not the first rodeo for the… Continue Reading

European Union food again found largely free of pesticides

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Food consumed in the European Union (EU) continues to be either largely free of pesticide residues or to contain only residues the fall within legal limits, new figures show.    The latest monitoring report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) finds that more than 97 percent of food samples collected across the EU… Continue Reading

Northern Ireland’s FSA opens comment period on novel foods

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Comments, that began on April 4, 2017 and continue to June 27, 2017, are being taken by the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland about enforcement of novel foods by food businesses. The agency says its aim is to ensure effective, consistent and proportionate enforcement of the new novel foods regulations, known as (EU) 2015/2283…. Continue Reading

Robin Hood flour recall expands amid E. coli outbreak

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Additional lots of Robin Hood brand flour are under nationwide recall in Canada by Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. Samples of the flour have tested positive for E. coli contamination and victims of a nationwide outbreak have reported having contact with the implicated flour. In the expanded recall notice, posted Tuesday by the Canadian Food… Continue Reading

Recall of ice cream cups expands; Listeria found by CFIA

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A recall of Wholesome Farms brand ice cream cups made for multi-national foodservice supplier Sysco Corp. is being expanded to include a second flavor because government tests showed Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Central Smith Creamery of Selwyn, Ontario, recalled Wholesome Farms brand “Vanilla Sundae Cup” products Friday, and expanded it Tuesday to include strawberry sundae cups…. Continue Reading