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University of Florida updates recall manual for food businesses

Any business involved in the manufacture, processing, packing, holding or delivery of food for people needs to understand and address food recalls. When safety concerns arise with food, manufacturers have a legal and ethical responsibility to mitigate any damage to the health and wellbeing of consumers. The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department of the… Continue Reading

Online Survey: Floridians Concerned About Food Safety, GMO Foods

An October online survey of 524 adult residents of Florida found that respondents are concerned about food safety and genetically modified foods and believe they do a good job of keeping themselves safe from foodborne illnesses. However, they may be unclear about which foods, preparation techniques or cooking methods pose the highest risk. The survey,… Continue Reading

Report Ranks Riskiest Food-Pathogen Combinations

Fourteen foodborne pathogens cost $14.1 billion and present a significant public health burden, according to a report released today by the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute. The study is the first comprehensive ranking of pathogen-food combinations, identifying the top 10 riskiest pairs. Campylobacter and poultry, Toxoplasma and pork (and unknown sources), Listeria and deli… Continue Reading

Experts Focus on Small Farm Food Safety in FL

Experts at the University of Florida are on a mission to help small farmers develop and implement on-farm food safety plans. The University’s Small Farms Academy, part of the North Florida Research and Education Center, is hosting two workshops next week to work with farmers on food safety and record keeping practices meant to enhance… Continue Reading

UF Predicts Where Pathogens Grow

Organic farms using manure as fertilizer may not be creating growing areas as fertile for foodborne pathogens as once thought. A new computer model–called COLIWAVE–developed by researchers at the University of Florida, Wageningen University and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands predicts contamination risks. As they describe in a paper in the online version… Continue Reading