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Canada Introduces Fines for Meat Safety Failures

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has amended its regulations so that it can fine meat processors for violations of food safety programs such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and non-food safety issues such as labeling and consumer protection. The new Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) apply to 84 provisions of the Meat Inspection… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Three Years Since People Died From Cantaloupe

Primus’ 'Scorched Earth' Litigation Strategy Will Change Audit Industry, Retailer Responsibility Next

Opinion

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It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation stems from one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. At least 147 people were sickened, and… Continue Reading

ISU Food Safety Campaign Focuses on Leafy Greens

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Because leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are often a source of contamination, Iowa State University researchers are targeting their safe handling in an effort to protect older adults, who are particularly susceptible to severe illness or death in foodborne illness outbreaks. Dr. Susan W. Arendt, associate professor of hospitality management at Iowa State,… Continue Reading

As Urban Agriculture’s Popularity Rises, What Are the Food Safety Concerns?

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On a hillside in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, tomato plants line walkable pathways just off the sidewalk, while, farther uphill, honeybees buzz around various flowing shrubs near a wooden apiary. The urban garden is certainly a unique sight considering its location just blocks from the I-5 freeway and a five-minute drive from two major sports… Continue Reading

China’s Food Safety Issues Worse Than You Thought

Opinion

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(Nancy Huehnergarth is a national food policy activist, journalist, coalition leader and president of Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting. Follow her on Twitter. A shorter version of this article first appeared in The Hill.) In April, I began an email correspondence with an American I’ll call Susan (she prefers to remain anonymous), who has lived in China for 15 years… Continue Reading

UC-Davis Study Identifies Risky Food Safety Practices in Home Kitchens

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A  new consumer research study done by the University of California-Davis reveals that many safe food preparation practices are often overlooked in home kitchens, even among consumers who consider themselves to be well-informed on food safety. The research, funded by contributions from Foster Farms, will be published in Food Protection Trends in September. Americans often… Continue Reading

FSIS Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected Post-Hurricane Arthur

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic states potentially affected by severe weather conditions related to Hurricane Arthur (downgraded Saturday to a Post-Tropical Storm). The National Weather Service, which upgraded Arthur from tropical storm to hurricane status on Thursday, said that… Continue Reading

Safe Grilling Tips for the Fourth of July

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Since the Fourth of July is the high point of summer grilling season for many American families, we at Food Safety News like to remind everyone this time of year of a few simple safety tips to keep your Independence Day free of foodborne illness. The two biggest safety concerns when grilling involve the threat of… Continue Reading

Condensation: The Liquid Enemy

Opinion

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Whether it is dripping from a refrigeration fan unit, beading on the interior packaging of an improperly cooled ready-to-eat food, causing rust on metal food contact surfaces of equipment or directly on frozen raw shrimp, condensation is a food safety concern and must be dealt with accordingly by anyone producing food. Excessive moisture from condensation… Continue Reading

New Zealand Overhauls Food Safety Laws

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Four years after being introduced in the New Zealand Parliament, lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously passed a new food safety law designed to beef up regulatory authority, tighten provisions for product recalls, respond more quickly to outbreaks and better meet consumer and export market demands. “The new Food Act will put in place a risk-based approach,… Continue Reading