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Produce group applauds extension of food safety deadlines

Opinion

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The extension and clarification of compliance dates released Aug. 23 by FDA, combined with the draft guidance documents released Aug. 23-24, enable the fresh produce industry to better understand how to comply with the applicable rules. We appreciate that FDA heard and responded to our concerns and requests. FDA recognizes that packinghouses should have the same… Continue Reading

FDA seeks comments; extends food safety deadlines

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Today the government is scheduled to open a six-month public comment period on drafts of guidance documents that are designed to help food company operators meet new regulations — some of which have compliance deadlines in less than one month. With the publication of the first five out of 14 chapters of guidance documents today,… Continue Reading

Sam’s Club bakery supplier denies it is endangering consumers

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Orange Bakery Inc., whose customers include Whole Foods Market and Sam’s Club, this week denied claims in a federal civil case that allege the company stopped required food safety testing and has been forging third-party certifications for more than a year. The bakery company, based in Irvine, CA, has several facilities across the U.S. It… Continue Reading

Largest food facilities must meet preventive rule by Sept. 16

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“It’s a lot to take in — like drinking from a fire hose.” That’s how Donna Garren, regulatory affairs and technical specialist with the American Frozen Food Institute, describes the challenge that food facilities are grappling with as they move toward the deadline for compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s preventive controls rule for… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Feds channel The Stones: You can’t always get what you want

The USDA's Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza, left, answers a question from the audience as FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Stephen Ostroff, right, listens. The two top food cops gave a U.S. regulatory update Monday afternoon at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection. About 3,000 people are registered for the four-day event in St. Louis.  (Photo by Coral Beach)

ST. LOUIS — Neither of the top U.S. food cops on stage here had the moves of Mick Jagger, but they borrowed the sentiment from one of The Stones’ greatest hits when they summed up federal progress on the food safety front. “You can’t always get what you want,” Jagger said in 1969. But, if… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Cultural bias could make it difficult to achieve FSMA parity

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ST. LOUIS — The “wet” street slaughter of a pig in China, which occurs in the wee hours of the morning, is still expected to be warm when the customer arrives sometime before noon. Brazilians think allergens are a disease experienced only by North Americans. Fresh produce isn’t a concern in southern India because all fruits and… Continue Reading

Benefit set Aug. 10 for STOP Foodborne Illness

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The national nonprofit advocacy group STOP Foodborne Illness is inviting supporters to “STOP @ Dovetail Brewery” for a benefit event in Chicago on Aug. 10. Tickets are available online for $85 each for the evening of craft beer, appetizers and jazz at the Windy City’s newest craft brewery, The Dovetail Brewery. On tap — literally… Continue Reading

FDA amends facility registration rule to limit fraud, ease inspections

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is amending its final rule on the registration of food facilities to require additional information from registrants. The goals are to reduce potential fraud and make it easier to find domestic or foreign food operations when inspection time rolls around, the agency stated. During a Wednesday morning conference call, Erwin Miller, chief… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Food safety should generate jobs now

Opinion

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Until recently, I did not really know or care what the so-called Millennial Generation did or did not do. I figured they’d figure it all out on their own — eventually. After all, we are talking about a generation that was born before the year 2000, and now they are inching up in age. Every year puts… Continue Reading

Oregon delays seeking federal funds for on-farm FSMA compliance checks

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State agriculture officials will not be inspecting Oregon farms for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act anytime soon under a resolution unanimously approved last week by the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. The resolution, adopted June 8 at the board’s meeting in John Day, OR, states that since the Act’s produce safety rule will have “tremendous impacts” on Oregon… Continue Reading