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Food Safety Modernization Act

FSIS, FDA leadership does yearly lounge act before IAFP

TAMPA, FL — Stephen Ostroff, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Monday admitted to felling a little anxious about data showing the incidence of foodborne illnesses is not going down and, for some pathogens, is on the increase. Ostroff, who has run the infectious disease assets of the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading

The future of the food biz: Preventing food safety crises

Opinion

Food safety concerns are at an all-time high and the global food industry is facing a raft of new regulations, including more frequent inspections and possibly higher compliance costs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one out of every six people is sickened by a foodborne illness every year. So it… Continue Reading

Death by a thousand cuts

Budget blade emerges as Trump's weapon of mass destruction of choice against food safety

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion piece by Phyllis Entis was originally published on eFoodAlert.com and is reposted here with permission. Donald Trump has declared war. Not on North Korea; not on ISIS or Iran. Certainly not on Russia. Donald Trump has declared war on the Food Safety Modernization Act. Trump has not asked Congress to repeal the… Continue Reading

States need $100M more for Food Safety Modernization Act

ANALYSIS

President Trump may have proposed a “skinny budget” for most domestic spending, including food and agricultural program for the next fiscal year, but nobody is taking it seriously. Congress always reacts to presidential budgets with the same three words: “Dead on Arrival.” For more serious guide posts, it’s always better to look at what the serious… Continue Reading

The Produce Rule comes into focus at Food Safety Summit

Few things are certain in farming and no amount of planning can prevent or undo the damage of an untimely hail storm or hard freeze. But there’s one thing one thing produce growers and packers already know about the 2018 season. They know whether they are among the 35,000 operations that must comply with new… Continue Reading

Hot topics front and center at Food Safety Summit 2017

Impact of President Trump's 2-for-1 regulation rule, Listeria control are of high interest this year

The largest Food Safety Summit in the event’s history was the 18th annual summit in 2016, but attendee registrations and show floor booth reservations are on track for year 19 to set new records. Scheduled for May 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare International Airport in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL, the… Continue Reading

Trump sheds little light on food safety plans; names advisers

Even though President Donald Trump did not mention food safety in his first speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, one observer with a finely tuned food safety focus says the new commander-in-chief might be heading in a good direction. With the announcement Monday that Ray Starling will be part of the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Trump orders his burgers well done

What will the president's views be on food safety for the rest of us?

Opinion

Bloomberg posted a piece on “How Donald Trump Orders (and Tips) at His Favorite Restaurant” about the 21 Club, which is just a few blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan. According to the report: The president’s standard order is a “21” Burger ($36), which he likes cooked well-done and topped with American cheese. On the… Continue Reading

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

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

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