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NASDA cues up FSMA implementation and GMO labeling at conference

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) wraps up its 2016 Winter Policy Conference today and the influential group is laying down some tracks others may have to follow. The 2016 NASDA conference is also celebrating 100 years of “advocating agriculture.” NASDA is player on food safety at both the national and state… Continue Reading

Farmworkers will help you comply, if you help them

Opinion

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In today’s fresh produce supply chain, foodborne illness is a major challenge for growers and retailers who take pride in providing nutritious and healthful fruits and vegetables to consumers. The industry has made significant strides during the past two decades to reduce the likelihood of pathogen transmission, but the ongoing prevalence of outbreaks and recalls… Continue Reading

Food Safety Regulatory Forecast for 2016

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It’s impossible to say what will be the big food safety story of 2016. The ultimate unpredictable is what foodborne outbreaks will dominate the headlines and how they may impact policy decisions. But we’ve done our best to list the regulatory activities to keep on your radar for the coming year. FSMA: The Food Safety Modernization… Continue Reading

The Year’s Top Ten Food Safety Stories

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Here are the Top Ten  food safety stories  for 2015 as compiled by Food Safety News.   No. 1—The massacre on Dec. 2, 2015  of 14 people in San Bernardino County, CA mostly involved those responsible for local food safety and related county health inspections and the homicides were  carried out by Islamic extremists, including… Continue Reading

Spending Bill Includes $104-Million Increase for FSMA, COOL Repeal

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Late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives released a $1.1-trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, which is Sept. 30, 2016. Lobbyists for full funding of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) were pleased with the numbers. The Food and Drug Administration will receive a total of… Continue Reading

FDA’s New Food Safety Rules Won’t Accomplish Much

Opinion

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(This article was posted here on Nov. 21, 2015, and is reposted with permission from the author.) In mid-November, I spent two days lecturing to a group of visiting food-safety regulators from China’s Hubei province. I shared a great deal of current and historical food safety facts with them. The data that really stunned these… Continue Reading

White House Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Plan

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The White House has released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for fall 2015, which provides an overview of the Obama administration’s regulatory plans for the coming year. Two final rules expected to be released next month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)… Continue Reading

FDA Ramping Up Microbiological Sampling of Cucumbers, Hot Peppers

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing its microbiological testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, two vegetables that have been linked with several foodborne outbreaks. The agency has a more robust surveillance sampling approach under development, and one piece of it is the new microbiological surveillance sampling model designed to identify patterns that could… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’

Opinion

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Only two more Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules remain to be finalized. Final rules for Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration are due out next spring. But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release last week of final FSMA rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accredited Third Party Verification, long-sought reform… Continue Reading

FDA Finalizes FSMA Produce Safety Rule, Food Import Rules

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized the next three major rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms, make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards, and establish a program for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies, also known… Continue Reading