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Local bar, restaurants oppose Anchorage food safety changes

Changes to the food safety code the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services wanted to begin enforcing in July are taking just a little longer than anticipated. The first changes to the food safety regulations for Alaska’s largest city since 2010 are open for public comment until Sept. 22, and the department is hosting two… Continue Reading

Hawaii seeks to update food safety regs following outbreaks

In the wake of two foodborne illness outbreaks, Hawaii began a week of public hearings on revisions to its food code on Monday. Also on Monday, state officials cleared a seaweed grower-shipper whose products were linked to one of the outbreaks to resume operations. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) lifted its cease and desist… Continue Reading

Deli employees report meat slicers not cleaned often enough

Managers and employees at more than half of the delis in a recent study reported the retail operations are failing to meet U.S. Food Code specifications because meat slicers are not cleaned often enough. Meat slicing machines in retail delis are notorious for harboring Listeria bacteria, as well as contributing to the reputation deli meats have for being a major source… Continue Reading

New food code now in effect for Australia and New Zealand

The new Food Standards Code for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) became fully effective on March 1. Steve McCutcheon, chief executive officer of FSANZ,   said the new code more closely aligns with the food acts of Australian states and territories and New Zealand. There is no transition period between the old and new… Continue Reading

Idaho defines cottage foods; food safety unaddressed

Idaho activists have won their fight to “unchain the cupcake” gaining approval from two state legislative committees that agreed this month to define cottage foods and require such home cookin’ to be labeled when offered for sale. The OK from the Health and Welfare Committees in the Idaho House of Representatives and Senate keeps homemade… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Supplement to the 2013 Food Code

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued supplemental information to the 2013 Food Code on Thursday. The modifications expand the duties of the Person in Charge in a food establishment. They will now include overseeing routine monitoring of food temperatures during hot and cold holding, expand and clarify the type of information that should be… Continue Reading

Medium-Rare Burgers: A Risky Culinary Comeback

For those in the food industry, the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak of 1993 is known as the single event that convinced burger joints across the country to raise their internal cooking temperature by 15 degrees. In that outbreak, hamburgers sold at Jack in the Box franchises predominantly in Washington state sickened more… Continue Reading

County Approves Food Code after Testimony from Young E. coli Victim

Jacob Goswick, 13, helps persuade officials to update food standards

When Arizona’s Yavapai County Board of Supervisors were first asked to consider approving the 2009 FDA Food Code on June 4, two of the three board members spoke strongly against it. They characterized the code, which introduced five new regulations for the food industry, as an example of overreaching government control. One rule in particular… Continue Reading

FDA Hopes to Improve Retail Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled a new plan for improving food safety practices at commercial establishments.    The Retail Food Safety Action Plan, announced by the agency Friday, calls for several steps intended to strengthen state and local food safety requirements at grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and other food vending facilities,… Continue Reading