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FSMA: No Safety, No Modernization

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In the midst of food prices that are already on the rise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will vastly increase costs, but it’s not likely to change food safety nor will it modernize our approach to food safety. In a new research paper, I examine four of the biggest… Continue Reading

Criminal Prosecutions Get Serious as the Regulatory System Sinks to Its Knees

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The food industry was rocked by last month’s news that the U.S. Probation Office for the Middle District of Georgia has recommended a life sentence for Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), following his multiple-felony conviction for knowingly selling tainted peanut butter that ended up killing nine people. Some are… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Taylor and Almanza Share the Same Stage in Portland

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Tuesday’s schedule at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting in Portland, OR, featured the “Mike and Al Show” competing with lunch, but there still was a large crowd at the Oregon Convention Center to hear two of the nation’s top food safety officials. Mike Taylor, Deputy FDA Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary… 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

Letter From the Editor: Legacy or Not, FSMA Funds Needed Now

Opinion

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Last week, former Food Safety News Washington, D.C., correspondent Helena Bottemiller Evich reached a bold conclusion — namely that the Obama administration has missed out on the opportunity to include food safety in any legacy it can claim. Writing now for POLITICO Pro Agriculture, Helena turned out a “must-read” piece entitled, “Why President Obama and Congress turned… Continue Reading

Food Safety Plays Minimal Role in House Appropriations Markup

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Food safety was not a significant part of discussions Wednesday during the House Appropriations Committee markup of the agriculture funding bill. Nutrition policies, the Food for Peace program and FDA pre-market review of e-cigarettes were some of the major topics of debate. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) praised the inclusion of language in the Manager’s Amendment… Continue Reading

Food Safety Checklists Take Their Place Alongside Those Used in Aviation and Medicine

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When a Boston surgeon, author, and public health expert came out in late 2009 with the seminal book, “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” the timing could not have been better for the food industry. The book became popular, especially among industry executives, during 2010, the year when Congress adopted the Food Safety… Continue Reading

E. Coli Testing Market Expected to Reach $2.1 Billion by 2022

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The global market for E. coli testing is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2022, up from $1.2 billion in 2013, according to a new report from market research company Transparency Market Research. Thanks in part to major federal efforts to combat more foodborne illness in the U.S. via the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), analysts expect… Continue Reading

Changing In-Plant Behavior to be Alert to Dangers

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted some FAQs about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and under the question, “How does this Act change the way FDA regulates foods?” is this statement: “This new law puts prevention up front for FDA. For the first time, FDA will have a legislative mandate to… Continue Reading

How the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Food Safety

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This is the year that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins rolling out key components of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the sweeping law meant to modernize the U.S. food safety system. And, as part of that legislation, FDA is requiring significantly more detailed monitoring and record-keeping on the part of food producers. One… Continue Reading