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State ag leaders put food safety on priority list for 2018 farm bill

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Before it wrapped up its meetings this week in Washington D.C., the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) agreed to priorities for the 2018 farm bill. If that seems a little pre-mature, it’s not. Congressional leaders plan to get to work on the 2018 farm bill later this year. And food safety, specifically… Continue Reading

Candidates for FDA top job focus on drugs, not food, so far

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Just ahead of the anticipated appointment of an FDA commissioner by President Donald J. Trump, there’s a bit of a buzz about a new candidate who is the fourth to be seriously considered for the job of regulating more than $1 trillion of annual economic activity. All the candidates for FDA commissioner are focused on the processes… Continue Reading

Nightmare prevention: Comprehensive, compliant records

The fourth in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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Area hospitals in Chicago see a string of illnesses due to E coli O157, with more cases quickly popping up across the state. A look into the sick patients’ activities reveals they all ate sprouts at a popular sandwich chain, triggering an investigation down the supply chain. It isn’t long till the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Federal hiring freeze disrupts USDA’s food safety testing

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As the federal government continues the transition that comes every time a new administration moves into the White House, a hiring freeze and an order from President Donald Trump that temporarily puts new regulations on hold are having varying consequences for food safety efforts. Officials at the Food and Drug Administration said the president’s pause… Continue Reading

Technology gives transparency to transportation food safety

The second in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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There are mountains of it; fresh, nutritious, beautiful — belonging on the finished plates of high-end restaurants, school lunch trays and dinner tables across America. But instead, it’s dumped into landfills to rot into nothing — enough each year to feed 3 billion people. On top of that overall estimate, the Food and Agriculture Organization… Continue Reading

Contaminated food contaminates consumers’ trust

The first in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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A breach in food safety is enough to knock restaurants, grocers, retailers and everyone in the supply chain to their knees when contaminated food contaminates the trust consumers have in their products. Take Chipotle Mexican Grill for example, the most recent poster child for damaged customer relationships. In July 2015, the first of six foodborne… Continue Reading

CA leafy greens audits reveal more compliance than citations

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Hundreds of audits of California leafy greens operations during the 2015-2016 season found 99.5-percent compliance with industry food safety standards, according to the latest annual report from the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). LGMA reported there were 470 announced and unannounced audits during last year and this year of its approximately 100… Continue Reading

Cost of traceability negated by legal, marketing benefits

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Editor’s note: This is the third piece in a four-part series. The final installment is scheduled to publish Oct. 3. One step forward and one step back might be sufficient in the context of a boot scootin’ line dance, but in the context of foodborne illness outbreaks and increasingly long, complex supply chains, consumers and… Continue Reading

Many get more time to meet FSMA record-keeping challenges

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(Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a four-part series. Subsequent parts will post on the next two Mondays.) Some say today is why so many in the food industry missed out on summer. Today is the compliance day for two major elements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), meaning it’s time to begin… Continue Reading

World’s food facilities must renew their registrations to distribute in U.S.

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One of the biggest enforcement tools the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the power to withdraw a food facility’s registration. That’s what the agency did to shut down an organic peanut butter plant in New Mexico in 2012 to help bring a 20-state Salmonella Brendeney… Continue Reading