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Citing Fecal Contamination, FDA Issues Import Alert for Some Mexican Cilantro

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert on Tuesday about cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, due to concerns about fecal contamination which investigators reportedly found in fields and in cleaning and processing facilities in that area. The alert affects cilantro being imported to the United States between April 1-Aug. 31,… Continue Reading

Survey: Only 48 Percent of Americans Wash Their Hands After Cracking Eggs

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When it comes to eggs, consumers are pretty good at following two of the four key food safety messages — “separate” and “chill” — but when it comes to “clean” and “cook,” a bit more education might be required. A team of researchers from RTI International, Tennessee State University, and Kansas State University have just… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Debating Three Food Safety Perspectives

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Routine epidemiological work still has an important role to play in this modern age of whole-genome sequencing, sustainability practices in the food industry aren’t hampering safety procedures, and the jury is still out on whether reducing sodium in processed foods is a food safety risk. Those were some general sentiments expressed Sunday during a roundtable debate at… Continue Reading

Chicken Pet Foods Recalled Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

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Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT, is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns about the possible presence of Salmonella. The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella spp. Poly A contamination. All products tested negative by… Continue Reading

FDA Announces Food Safety Challenge Winners

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The Food and Drug Administration has named the winners of its 2014 Food Safety Challenge. Purdue University’s method of concentrating Salmonella to detectable levels with a process that involves filtering the pathogenic cells out of a stomached food sample using hollow fibers won the grand prize of $300,000. The runner-up — Pronucleotein Inc.’s on-site screening system in… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letter: California Seafood Importer

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a formal warning letter June 17, 2015, regarding significant food safety violations to a seafood importer in South El Monte, a city in the San Gabriel Valley in California’s Los Angeles County. First Lotus Inc. was notified of violations involving Dried Fish Maw (Cape Conger) and Dried Stock… Continue Reading

Technology Gaps Outlined in CFSAN’s Science & Research Plan

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Some say technology is the driving force behind the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and they may be right. One thing for certain is that food safety technologies are hitting the market at a quick pace since FSMA went on the books. And it’s far from over. The fact is the Center for Food Safety and… Continue Reading

Amendment to Increase FSMA Funding Fails in Committee

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 on Thursday after discussing a handful of amendments. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) proposed an amendment to increase the funding allocated for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but it was ultimately voted down. This came after referencing the case of Blue Bell… Continue Reading

Senate Ag Appropriations Bill Heads to Full Committee

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The Senate’s FY 2016 agriculture appropriations bill has received subcommittee approval and will be considered by the full appropriations committee on Thursday. The bill includes a $45-million increase for the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety activities. Although $3.5 million more than the House allocation, the increase is still less than half of the $109.5-million increase… Continue Reading

DNA Sequencing Helps FDA Project Combat Seafood Fraud

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In the 1990s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used proteins to identify seafood, but the profiling method could only match to a standard sample. They had to have frozen tissues from all of the species they wanted to compare and the agency did have a collection to work with, but no matter how… Continue Reading