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Data driven: Information helped reduce Salmonella on chicken

You won’t see claims like this in any ads: “Our chicken is safer than our competitors’ chicken.” There’s an unwritten understanding in the industry that food safety won’t be used as an advertising tactic. Yet, in an important way, commercial chicken buyers can actually find out how chicken slaughter plants are doing when it comes… Continue Reading

Faster Salmonella detection in supply chain focus of CT startup

A Connecticut company has reportedly raised more than $12 million in startup capital to further develop and refine its technology to more quickly detect foodborne pathogens in the supply chain. Ancera Inc., based in in Branford, CT, plans to launch this summer a small printer-sized instrument called the Piper to help identify the presence of pathogens on produce,… Continue Reading

USDA introduces ‘fix’ in testing for Salmonella in poultry

Instructions for testing personnel to use a new “neutralizing buffer” solution to reduce the effect of antimicrobial sanitizers take effect today at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The “fix,” explained in a two-page FSIS Notice, is intended to address a problem turned up in research by USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS). ARS researchers… Continue Reading

Ground Beef in School Lunches Meets Stricter Microbial Standards

According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report published last week, the ground beef supplied to school lunches contains “significantly less” Salmonella contamination than products sold on the commercial market. USDA’s Economic Research Service examined the impact of food-safety standards imposed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on suppliers of ground beef to the National… Continue Reading

Foster Farms: Food-Safety Leader or Bad Actor?

After 11 years at the helm of California-based poultry producer Foster Farms, Ron Foster announced last week that he was stepping down as president and CEO of the company his grandparents started 75 years ago. Over those 11 years, the company has attracted a lot of attention related to Salmonella, both good and bad. Under… Continue Reading

FSIS Reports Enforcement Actions and Quarterly Pathogen Test Results

Criminal convictions topped enforcement actions by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service during the first quarter of 2014. A jury on March 18, 2014, found Linda Chen Mai, an employee of the Trinh Company in San Jose, CA, guilty on four counts of causing meat food products to become misbranded and falsely representing the meat… Continue Reading