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Hong Kong checks ready-to-eat foods for Bacillus, Clostridium

Hong Kong’s  Center for Food Safety (CFS), a unit of  the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on Monday the results of a recently completed targeted food surveillance project on Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens in ready-to-eat foods. Except for a preserved bean curd sample detected with excessive Bacillus cereus, which was announced earlier, test… Continue Reading

Chinese poultry: Verification must precede trust for food safety

Opinion

There is always a healthy amount of skepticism from parents whenever children claim they were able to clean their rooms in five minutes. While the children may have met the literal requirement of the parent’s request, you wonder what surprises would be discovered if you checked under the bed, in the closet or in the… Continue Reading

USDA reorganization plan could reduce food safety protections

Opinion

A seemingly minor component of the USDA reorganization plan released last week could have a negative impact on food safety as the plan gets implemented. Much of the focus has been on the creation of a new undersecretary for trade position, but the plan also calls for the establishment of an interagency committee that would… Continue Reading

People’s Republic of China adopts a new 5-year food safety plan

The full text of the 13th Five-year Plan for Food Safety by China’s State Council, issued earlier this month, is available in Chinese. The document examines the status of food safety in China, acknowledging that some problems do exist, according to an English version of a news release from The State Council. The plan specifically… Continue Reading

A new era of food transparency with Wal-Mart center in China

Contributed

Editor’s note: Depending on which hemisphere you are in while reading this column by Wal-Mart Vice President for Food Safety Frank Yiannas, the retailer’s new Food Safety Collaboration Center is opening today or tomorrow (March 29) in Beijing, China.  The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically… Continue Reading

China resumes importing Brazilian meat; others appear to be following

China is back buying Brazilian meat, apparently satisfied the bribes being paid to meat inspectors don’t threaten long term food safety. “The regularization of the Brazilian meat entrance into China shows the spirit of mutual trust between the two countries and willingness to dialogue in good faith,” Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply said…. Continue Reading

Bird flu deaths bring live poultry market ban in Hunan province

Live poultry sales are being shut down in China’s central Hunan province because one strain of bird flu has turned deadly for people. Americans are being cautioned about the outbreak, but are not being warned against travel to Hunan. China is temporarily closing the live poultry markets in Hunan because five deaths are now attributed to… Continue Reading

Almanza ends his deputy undersecretary appointment with plenty of meetings

When his  appointment as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety comes to an end on Jan. 20, 2017, Al Almanza, who never gave up his  career employee status, will just switch back to being Administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Since Almanza  was named Deputy Under Secretary, he’s been the acting FSIS… Continue Reading

China adopts strict rules governing safety of food sold online

As of Oct. 1, China has a strict set of regulations governing how food producers and operators — including related third-party computer platform and delivery service providers — store, market and transport their products sold online. Known as “Order 27,” the China Food and Drug Administration’s “Measures of the Investigation and Punishment of Illegal Conducts Concerning Online… Continue Reading

China to lift ban on US beef instituted after 2003 BSE incident

Chinese officials say they will lift a ban on U.S. beef imports imposed in 2003 after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as BSE or mad cow disease, was confirmed in a Washington state cow imported from Canada. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called Thursday’s announcement “a critical first step” following a recently concluded review of the… Continue Reading