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UPDATED: Importer recalls fish from Vietnam that went to Aldi stores

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Editor’s note on update: A list of specific retail locations that received the recalled product is now available on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website. Click here for the list  which may be updated as additional information becomes available. Almost 26,000 pounds of Sea Queen brand Swai fillets from Vietnam are being recalled because they… Continue Reading

Study finds outbreak and sporadic foodborne illnesses share traits

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A study just published in Emerging Infectious Diseases compared characteristics of outbreak and sporadic, or non-outbreak, foodborne illnesses caused by four different pathogens and found evidence that most were similar regarding patients’ illness severity, gender and age. The team of scientists from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) looked at human illnesses in the U.S. from… Continue Reading

USDA continues citation focus against inhumane treatment

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Twenty of 27 administrative actions USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service took against America’s largest meat and poultry plants during the government’s second quarter were for the inhumane treatment of animals during slaughter. Three of the other administrative actions against the large plants were for violating sanitation performance standards, two were for Hazard Analysis and… Continue Reading

Comprehensive verification toolkit is needed domestically, too

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Dan Flynn’s June 6 article in Food Safety News, “Third-party auditor certification: Not the only tool in the toolkit,” makes the case that the Food and Drug Administration should not overly rely on third-party audits to oversee the safety of imported foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This is certainly true for imported foods, given that Congress included… Continue Reading

Feds delay poultry testing; expect many operations to fail

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Certain poultry producers have a few extra weeks to beef up their pathogen reduction programs, which were scheduled to face new Salmonella and Campylobacter testing beginning in May. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) won’t begin assessing whether poultry operations are meeting new pathogen reduction standards until July 1, according to… Continue Reading

Senate votes to end USDA catfish inspections, which just got underway

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The U.S. Senate has voted to shut down the nation’s only catfish inspection program, a move that would put more Americans at risk of exposure to carcinogens and antibiotics from Asian white fish, such as Vietnamese pangasius. Senators approved the Joint Resolution by a vote of 55-43 on Wednesday. It now goes to the House… Continue Reading

UPDATED: New labels, instructions for tenderized beef roll out today

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UPDATE: Additional cooking instructions provided by FSIS after this story was posted. The 6.2 billion servings of mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks consumed annually by Americans might be a little safer because of labeling requirements that take effect today, just ahead of the summer grilling season. They’ve been coming for a long time. The federal… Continue Reading

The future is now for America’s food safety programs

A town hall style question and answer session at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit on Thursday included (from left) Joe Corby of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Robert Tauxe of the CDC, David Goldman of the USDA and Mike Taylor of the FDA.

CHICAGO — Optimism was running high at the Food Safety Summit Thursday when four heavy hitters took the stage for a town hall session where 2016 was characterized as a tipping point. Advances in science and technology are combining with legislative and regulatory changes to catapult the country into a new era where Americans will… Continue Reading

Record attendance expected for Food Safety Summit in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Organizers are expecting the 18th annual Food Safety Summit this week to be a record breaker as attendees and exhibitors focus on looming compliance dates for food companies that are subject to new rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. The conference and trade show at the Stephens Convention Center opened… Continue Reading