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Food safety in the United Kingdom may take a hit with Brexit

Some experts worry that weakening already overstretched institutions responsible for ensuring food safety in Great Britain will lead to unsafe food as the country prepares to finalize its exit from the European Union. Brexit means the UK will need a stronger Food Safety Agency, they say, because the country will no longer be able to… Continue Reading

GAO tells Rep. DeLauro that agencies need to pick up the pace

FDA, USDA 'generally agree' they need to improve efforts to protect consumers from arsenic in rice

At the request of Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-CT, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has returned to the problem of managing the risk of arsenic in rice. The GAO is an agency in the legislative branch of the federal government that provides auditing, evaluation and investigative services for Congress Arsenic, a natural element in… Continue Reading

Growers form controlled-environment agriculture safety group

A new food safety group for controlled-environmental agriculture will sprout in June in Chicago, according to leading CEA growers. “The intent is to establish food safety standards,” says a spokesman. Brightfarms, AeroFarms and Little Leaf Farms are the controlled-environmental growers getting behind the new food safety group. The first meeting will be during the United… Continue Reading

Don’t eat that meat without taking its temperature

How do you tell if the meat or poultry you’re cooking is done? Some professional cooks say they can squeeze a piece of chicken or poke a steak with their finger and determine if it’s done. Some people go by cooking time, and some by appearance. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers… Continue Reading

Public-private partnerships in the spotlight at GFSI conference

The Global Food Safety Conference started Monday in Tokyo with an emphasis on public-private partnerships. Fifty-two countries are represented by 1,200 delegates at the four-day conference organized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Delegates have been discussing the most important issues and trends in food safety, focusing on more collaboration between government regulators and… Continue Reading

GAO says FDA needs to work on ‘prioritizing and sequencing’

The Food and Drug Administration has been getting at least $1 billion annually in recent years, including salaries for at least 4,300 full-time professionals, for food safety and nutrition. Since the enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in January 2011, FDA has published 33 proposed or final key recommendations, and 111 draft or… Continue Reading

IAFP extends deadline for some 2018 food safety awards

The International Association for Food Protection has extended the nomination deadline for several annual awards. The new deadline is March 15 and applies to nominations for: The Black Pearl; Harry Haverland Citation; and Ewen C.D. Todd Control of Foodborne Illness. The awards will be presented during this year’s annual meeting, which is set for July… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: FDA picks up scientist who is food safety champion

Opinion

To quote Willy Wonka: “So shines a good deed in a weary world.” Lots of people have been bagging on lots of governmental entities for my whole life. Whether they want bigger or smaller government, they all have a lot to say about what’s bad in Washington, D.C. Few of those people mention what’s good…. Continue Reading