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FDA seeks comments; extends food safety deadlines


Today the government is scheduled to open a six-month public comment period on drafts of guidance documents that are designed to help food company operators meet new regulations — some of which have compliance deadlines in less than one month. With the publication of the first five out of 14 chapters of guidance documents today,… Continue Reading

3 steps to cleaner hands, safer food: Learn, develop, implement


Attendees at the Council III meeting Sunday at the Conference for Food Protection bi-annual meeting discussed hand washing guidelines and policy. (Photo by Jim Mann)

Editor’s note: The outbreak referenced in this meeting coverage was linked to a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Simi Valley, CA, and sickened an estimated 230 to 1,500 people, according to public health officials. Council meetings at the bi-annual Conference for Food Protection meeting turned to hand washing and norovirus this past weekend as a 2015 outbreak became a… Continue Reading

Practical solutions to food safety problems take center stage


No matter how advanced mapping apps become, they can’t tell you where to go unless you know where you are to begin with, just as those in the food supply chain must assess their operations before they can plan a route to a new food safety environment. That new environment, mandated by the Food Safety Modernization… Continue Reading

FDA’s Mike Taylor departing agency — totally on his own terms


Mike Taylor has chosen the time and day for his departure for a second time from government. His friends and associates received his personal email at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday. It was embargoed until FDA released the news two hours later, marking “on or about” June 1 as his departure date. Anti-Taylor activists — many of whom… Continue Reading

Advisory Committee Working on the Science of Salmonella, STEC


When the government needs help with a foodborne issue, they turn to a certain committee for scientific advice. In its last term, the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) worked on how to reduce Norovirus infections and to help the Department of Defense ensure that the food procured for U.S. military personnel… Continue Reading

Waldrop Leaving Consumer Federation of America for FDA


Another prominent food safety consumer advocate is moving to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At the end of July, Chris Waldrop will leave his position as director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) to start working at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) Office of… Continue Reading

New Director for CFSAN in 2015


Dr. Susan Mayne will take over as director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) when Michael Landa steps down from the position in January. Mayne is currently the C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Epidemiology and Chair at Yale School of Public Health’s Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, as… Continue Reading

JIFSAN: FDA-University Partnership Helps Enhance the Safety of Imported Food


A significant portion of the food that Americans consume comes from overseas, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the ability to inspect all imports, so it’s not a bad idea to intervene with preventive measures before the food reaches our ports. “It’s much better and more efficient to control the problem… Continue Reading

Healthy People 2020 Reviews Progress on Food Safety Objectives


The Healthy People 2020 initiative recently held a public webinar to update stakeholders on progress toward food safety objectives. Addressing the goals to reduce infections from pathogens commonly transmitted through food, Roberta Wagner, deputy director for regulatory affairs at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), cited new tools provided under the Food… Continue Reading

FDA’s CFSAN Announces Program Priorities for Next Two Years


On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN or Center) announced its Plan for Program Priorities, 2013-14. The two-year plan, which is intended to help CFSAN focus its highest priorities on protecting and promoting public health, recognizes developments in the food (including dietary supplement) and cosmetic… Continue Reading