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Risk Assessment vs. Risk Management: What’s the Difference?

Opinion

(This article was posted April 16, 2014, on the European Food Safety Authority website and is reposted here with permission.) The decision to separate the tasks of risk assessment and risk management just over a decade ago has transformed the safety of Europe’s food. And, while there is wide recognition that this change has strengthened… Continue Reading

New Laws in China to Tackle Rampant Food Safety Problems

Opinion

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(This article was first published April 15, 2014, by the Australian Institute for Food Safety and is reposted here with permission from AIFS.) Infected snail meat, poisonous mushrooms, goat meat marinated in duck urine to make it taste and smell like lamb – these are just some of the culinary delights that China’s food industry… Continue Reading

Canada’s Parliament Considers Bill Limiting Horse Slaughter

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The most recent ban on equine inspections by USDA meat inspectors has moved the horse slaughter debate up to Canada’s House of Commons. A Member of Parliament (MP) from southeastern British Columbia hopes that a final hour of debate next month can persuade the country’s federal lawmakers to pass his bill limiting slaughter only to… Continue Reading

Europe’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Expands Well Beyond Italy

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An outbreak with at least 240 confirmed cases of the Hepatitis A virus originally thought to be confined to Italy is making a much larger footprint in Europe. There have been 240 cases of individuals who have not visited Italy associated with the outbreak in France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom…. Continue Reading

USDA ‘Confident’ About COOL at WTO, Congress May Want a Backup Plan

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Members of Congress are feeling antsy about the World Trade Organization decision on country of origin labeling (COOL) expected this summer. During a House budget hearing on Wednesday, Edward Avalos, the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, responded to questions about the case. U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)… Continue Reading

New Study Finds IBS More Common in Adults Who Had Salmonella as Children

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Children who suffer Salmonella-induced gastroenteritis are more likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) later in life, according to a new study released this month in the journal Gastroenterology. Italian researchers collected data from victims of a 1994 culture-proven foodborne Salmonella enteritidis outbreak that involved 1,811 patients in Bolognia, Italy. Study participants included a cohort… Continue Reading

UK Pig Inspection Rule Changes Open For Public Comment

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In June of this year, the European Union will introduce new rules for pig meat inspections designed to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination on pork. The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency announced last week that it is requesting comments on the practical application of changes required by the rules. These comments are being solicited… Continue Reading

European Food Safety Authority Addresses Pathogen Risks of Leafy Greens

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The European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Biological Hazards has issued the first of five scientific opinions requested by the European Commission. The first one, published Thursday, addresses the public health risk posed by Salmonella and norovirus on leafy greens eaten raw as salads. The panel considered risk factors along the whole food chain, including… Continue Reading

USDA Says It’s Difficult to Replicate Denmark and Eliminate Salmonella in Poultry

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(Editor’s note: This is Part Four of a recent four-part series by Lynne Terry on how Salmonella in poultry is handled in Denmark and the U.S. Part One is here, Part Two is here, and Part Three is here. The series is being republished by permission from The Oregonian.) Denmark’s journey from a surge of… Continue Reading

South Korea Granted Poultry Inspection Equivalency

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added South Korea to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the U.S. after determining that the country’s poultry-inspection system is equivalent to ours. “Under this final rule, slaughtered poultry or parts or other products thereof processed in certified Korean establishments will be eligible for export to… Continue Reading