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FSMA whistleblower clause protects those who report problems

Before the Food Safety Modernization Act, no protection from retaliation existed for privately employed food and agriculture workers who took action because of concerns about food safety. Section 402 is the FSMA’s answer to that problem. It gives those employees protection from being discharged or punished for carrying out their job responsibilities  that involve food… Continue Reading

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ISIS allowed pathogens to proliferate — U.K. chicken cleanup — Hurricane food safety impact

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. FDA launches new site for key FSMA dates The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), described as the most… Continue Reading

OIG says FDA needs to boost efficiency to meet federal law

Food and Drug Administration domestic food inspections are “on track” for now, but not for the tighter timeframes called for in the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). So finds the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which has oversight responsibilities for FDA. In a 35-page… Continue Reading

FDA launches training module on Sanitary Transportation Rule

As part of the preventive refocus that is the cornerstone of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration has launched an online training tool to help trucking companies meet the requirements of the new Sanitary Transportation Rule. “The Sanitary Transportation Rule requires rail and motor vehicle carriers covered by the rule to provide food… Continue Reading

On a clear day you can see omnichannel biz forever with IOT

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a four-part series sponsored by Par Technologies. For Parts 1 through 3, please see the links below.  About one in four households —23 percent to be exact — in the United States purchase groceries online, according to research by the Nielsen Company and Food Marketing Institute that shows the percentage… Continue Reading

Omnichannel ops and IOT

IOT prevents mandated data tracking for food retailers from being a logistical nightmare

Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a special series sponsored by Par Technologies Corp. Read Part 4 on Sept. 25. With just a few taps on a smartphone, a week’s worth of groceries is ordered for a family and delivered right to their door. For them, their grocery store’s adoption of the omnichannel approach to streamline… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Why the US imports tainted food that can kill you

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From an Op-ed on the Hill this week.  Here is an excerpt: This week the CDC reported that at least 47 people were stricken with Salmonella, with one death, likely linked to papayas imported from Mexico. In the summer of 2016 came reports of hepatitis A tainted scallops sickening 292 in Hawaii. In that outbreak two died of liver… Continue Reading

Produce states get $30 million to help FDA enforce new rule

Forty-three states and territories are getting a total of $30.9 million from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help the federal agency implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule. “Congress envisioned the states and FDA working together as an integrated food safety system when it passed FSMA,” said Barbara P. Glenn, CEO… Continue Reading

At the IAFP departure lounge: Remembering all we’ve learned

The day after the 2017 International Association for Food Protection always leaves attendees headed home with not only complete lessons, but also those “bits and pieces.” Attendees at final event, the awards banquet, spoke about it over their roasted flat iron steak and creme brûlée cheesecake. The problem with the IAFP conference is it is… Continue Reading

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