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FDA Shares Its FSMA Training Strategy


In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successfully implemented, training is key. Employees in the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with FSMA rules, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a plan for facilitating this training, along with the help of… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 4 Deaths, 732 Salmonella Cases in 35 States Linked to Cucumbers

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Oct. 6 update: CDC announced on Tuesday that 61 more Salmonella Poona infections have been reported from 24 states, bringing the total to 732 cases in 35 states (Maryland was added to the list). One related death has been reported in Oklahoma, bringing the total number of deaths to four, CDC stated. The other reported deaths… Continue Reading

Will FSMA Make a Difference?



To answer the question of whether the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will make a difference, I want to take a look historically at why FSMA ever got passed by Congress. To do this, I have to wind the clock back almost 10 years. The only thing that got FSMA through Congress — and those… Continue Reading

ICYMI: Last PCA Sentences, Animal Antibiotics, Contaminated Cukes


In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: The final two defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case, Daniel Kilgore and Samuel Lightsey, were sentenced Thursday, Oct. 1, in Albany, GA, to six and three years in prison, respectively. The two men made… Continue Reading

CDC, State/Local Health Partners Ask: How Large is Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Fig & Olive?


Multiple cities are investigating Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to eating at Fig & Olive restaurants, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells Food Safety News. Illnesses have so far been reported Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and the investigation is ongoing to determine whether there are illnesses in other states linked to eating… Continue Reading

Conversation Begins About How to Collect On-Farm Antibiotic Use Data


You need data to know if interventions to foster the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs are actually adopted and whether they have the desired effect in terms of both antibiotic use practices (also known as stewardship) and managing antibiotic resistance. On Wednesday, the federal agencies at the forefront of the resistance fight — the… Continue Reading

Cucumber Producer Will Donate to Food Safety Education Campaign

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Andrew & Williamson, the San Diego-based company linked to a Salmonella Poona outbreak that has sickened 558 people and killed three, recently announced that it intends to donate to a STOP Foodborne Illness campaign to educate emergency room doctors about foodborne illness. David Murray, a partner at Andrew & Williamson, said in a statement that everyone at… Continue Reading

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It


In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Sept. 21. His peanut-broker brother, Michael Parnell, got 20 years, and former PCA Quality Assurance Manager Mary… Continue Reading

Outbreak Associated With Fig & Olive Restaurants Might Be Expanding


A Salmonella outbreak that’s been percolating around a pair of trendy restaurants in West Hollywood and the District of Columbia for about three weeks might be expanding, with reports of the outbreak strain possibly showing up in other cities with Fig & Olive restaurants. One thing for certain is that state and federal health officials… Continue Reading

FDA: Be Careful of Unpasteurized Apple Cider This Fall


It’s PSL season again. For the uninitiated, this means that Starbucks is again selling its beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), and you can barely look at Pinterest and food blogs without seeing recipes for various pumpkin-flavored treats. This time of year is also sometimes referred to as fall or autumn. But apple cider also pops… Continue Reading