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A conundrum: Multi-agency jurisdiction and rules under FSMA


Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a… Continue Reading

The intersection of science and safety: NY testing pays off

The work of 43 people in New York led to more than 300 recalls and the removal of contaminated food from countless store shelves across the country in 2016, preventing illnesses and protecting the public. Those 43 people — microbiologists, chemists and support staff at the New York State Food Laboratory — were crucial to the… Continue Reading

Food safety Integration Forum spotlights information sharing

As was made all too clear once again with the terrorist attacks in Belgium last week, information sharing across agencies is crucial during investigations. Foodborne illness outbreak investigations are no different from terror investigations in that sense. Such information sharing is just one benefit from integration efforts in the U.S. among food safety officials and… Continue Reading

Food Safety Summit 2016 addresses public health risks

Industry experts and top regulatory officials including FDA Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor are scheduled to discuss new efforts to reduce public health risks at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit in May. For the first time the event is scheduled in Chicagoland, with the exhibit hall, keynote sessions, certification courses and two dozen seminars and… Continue Reading

Top Food Safety Officials Focused on Collaborating Over Combining Agencies

Top officials of U.S. food safety agencies are not wholeheartedly supportive of a single food safety agency, arguing that collaboration is a higher priority. During the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore on Thursday, leadership from the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Association of Food and Drug… Continue Reading

FSMA Questions Dominate Town Hall Session With Top Food Safety Regulators

Michael Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told the audience at the Food Safety Summit’s Town Hall on Thursday to expect a document explaining the principles guiding the agency’s internal work for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Taylor was joined at the event in Baltimore… Continue Reading

New AFDO Document Reveals ‘Issues and Concerns With Imported Foods’

Just a step ahead of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s release of two rules for improving imported food safety, the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) has published its own guidance document entitled “Issues and Concerns with Imported Foods.” AFDO is an international nonprofit professional association based in York, PA. It says that… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety: Non-Government Organizations

This week, Food Safety News is acknowledging leaders who help keep our food supply safe.  Today we celebrate non-government organizations.  Of course, no list is ever complete so if you think we’ve forgotten someone, please leave us a note in the comments. Non-Government organizations bring together groups of like-minded people to focus on food safety issues at hand. … Continue Reading