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Canada’s Food Inspection Agency Given Lowest Passing Grade in U.S. Audit

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) received an “adequate” rating – the lowest passing grade – in the latest audit by the U.S. government to determine its equivalency on food safety standards, according to documents recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to the audit, the CFIA needs to improve oversight of practices… Continue Reading

Kosher Certification: A Model for Improving Private Food Safety Audits

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Kosher food is big business. There are more than ten thousand kosher-producing companies in the United States alone, making more than 135,000 kosher products for over twelve million American consumers who purchase kosher food because it is kosher. Only 8 percent of kosher consumers, however, are religious Jews. Most kosher consumers choose kosher for reasons… Continue Reading

Legislative Audit Questions Effectiveness of Louisiana Restaurant Inspections

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A new report published by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor questions whether inspection of restaurants and other retail food establishments are doing enough to prevent foodborne illness in the Bayou State. With its $9.5 billion tourist industry mostly built around food and music, the safety of Louisiana restaurant food is a subject of interest far beyond… Continue Reading

The Future of the Professional Food Safety Workforce

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The safety of our food supply is dependent on a core group of professionals at the federal, state and local levels of government, as well as professionals working in the food industry. Ironically, despite its importance, we have incomplete knowledge about the food safety workforce in the United States. In fact, although studies are supposedly… Continue Reading

Georgia Food Processors Get To Dance Around Law

Despite a tough new food safety law and more than a half million spent annually on inspections and lab work, Georgia is not achieving the food safety improvement at the state’s 740 food processing plants that its lawmakers seek. Perhaps, some say, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black did not get the memo about how serious the… Continue Reading

UK Will Publish Meat Plant Audits

British meat-packing plants deemed to be a “cause for concern” will be named publicly under a policy adopted this month by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is responsible for inspecting food processing in the UK. The decision to publish audit reports on the agency website is designed to eliminate the public mystery surrounding audits… Continue Reading

Audit Finds Lapses in FDA Imported Food Recalls

Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have made some serious missteps trying to keep potentially hazardous imported food off the market, according to a new government audit. The FDA did not always follow its own procedures to ensure foods were effectively recalled, a new report by the Health and Human Services Inspector General… Continue Reading

Audit Chides USDA for Approving Tainted Eggs

The U.S. government’s “right hand” was grading and okaying egg shipments while its “left hand” was testing for and finding Salmonella contamination.   And the right hand had no idea what the left hand was doing. That pretty well sums up the findings of USDA’s Inspector General, who was brought in to scrutinize the Nov…. Continue Reading

Experts Focus on Small Farm Food Safety in FL

Experts at the University of Florida are on a mission to help small farmers develop and implement on-farm food safety plans. The University’s Small Farms Academy, part of the North Florida Research and Education Center, is hosting two workshops next week to work with farmers on food safety and record keeping practices meant to enhance… Continue Reading