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WGS could be WMD in global battle against foodborne illness


Editor’s note: This column by FDA’s Steven Musser and Eric L. Stevens was originally published on the agency’s blog. FDA is laying the foundation for the use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) to protect consumers from foodborne illness in countries all over the world. We recently traveled to Geneva to join a meeting of the Codex… Continue Reading

Moving the U.S. Codex Office to USDA Trade is a big mistake


One significant provision in Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s most recent realignment announcement would move the U.S. Codex Office from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the newly created Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (TFAA) office. While the move may seem inconsequential on the surface, this realignment will undermine the United States’ credibility… Continue Reading

UN Report Ranks Global Health Impact of Foodborne Parasites

When it comes to food safety concerns, foodborne parasites might not receive as much attention in the U.S. compared to bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. Globally, however, foodborne parasites affect the health of millions of people annually, causing debilitating and potentially deadly conditions and sometimes living within humans for years. A new report… Continue Reading

Director-General of FAO Expresses Worry About Food Safety and Pollution in China

Jose Graziano da Silva, director general of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, is applauding China’s efforts to improve food safety, but is concerned about human health issues stemming from soil contamination, according to an interview published by Xinhua, official state Chinese media. “We have seen a lot of improvements in China but there… Continue Reading

FAO Workshop in Bangkok Focuses on Food Safety

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) kicked off a regional rood safety consultation workshop in Bangkok, Thailand this week. According to local news media, more than 45 food safety professionals from 13 Asian countries are attending the consultation. Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO assistant director-general and regional representative for Asia and the Pacific, opened the… Continue Reading

UN Declares Deadly Cattle Disease Eradicated

For millennia, rinderpest, a deadly cattle disease, has wreaked havoc on livestock and wildlife populations on three continents, resulting in massive animal death, extensive human famine, and loss of draught animal power in agricultural communities throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Last week, however, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declared at a… Continue Reading

Comments Sought on Antimicrobial Resistance

U.S. public health officials are hosting a meeting next week to solicit public comments on the draft U.S. positions for the fourth session of the Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will meet in Korea in October. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced late last week that the meeting is scheduled from… Continue Reading