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The Top 10 Food-Safety News Stories of 2014

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The top 10 food-safety news stories for 2014, as chosen for the sixth consecutive year by the editors of Food Safety News, were announced today. According to the Internet news site, here are this year’s most important food-safety stories: 1. The U.S. Department of Justice backs up federal food-safety agencies, including USDA and FDA, with unprecedented… Continue Reading

GAO: Federal Food-Safety Oversight Needs Better Coordination

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The federal government could be doing more to achieve the goals of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other food-safety efforts, according to a 46-page report published Thursday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The amount of food-safety oversight reported by the federal government varies between the nation’s two major food-safety agencies,… Continue Reading

Spending Bill Bans ‘Chinese Chicken’ From Federal Meal Programs

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A provision included in the $1.1-trillion spending bill Congress passed last week and which is now headed to the president’s desk prevents poultry processed in China from being used in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program (Section 736 of Division A). Four Chinese poultry-processing plants have… Continue Reading

Research: Ordering Raw Meat or Seafood Online Can Be Unsafe

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If you’re thinking about ordering a foodie gift basket online to send to a loved one this holiday season, you might want to reconsider. Research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that there are some serious food safety risks associated with ordering raw meat, poultry, game and seafood online. Online sales of these… Continue Reading

Twitter Chat Brings Together Holiday Food Safety Tips

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On Thursday, Dec. 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted its second annual Twitter chat using the tag #CDCfoodchat to give consumers tips on keeping holiday meals safe and healthy. Here are some of the top food safety tips for grocery shopping, preparing your kitchen, thawing meat, safe cooking temperatures, notes on raw… Continue Reading

Sentences, Convictions Make Latest FSIS Enforcement Report

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A federal sentencing in Arkansas, convictions in Florida, and a guilty plea in Puerto Rico topped fourth-quarter enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). USDA’s final period of the year ended last Oct. 1 at the start of the current federal fiscal year. The three-month quarterly enforcement report… Continue Reading

Study: Chlorine Dioxide Gas Offers Hope for Sprout Sanitation

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Chlorine dioxide gas may be an effective tool for combating Salmonella on sprouts, according to a new study. Researchers at Rutgers University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that chlorine dioxide gas is more effective at killing Salmonella on bean sprouts than chlorine wash — the industry-preferred decontamination technique…. Continue Reading

DeLauro Urges OMB to Finalize Two Food Rules

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize two pending food safety rules. DeLauro wrote to OMB director Shaun Donovan Monday, expressing her concern that if the mechanically tenderized beef rule and a rule regarding added solutions in meat and poultry products are not completed before the end… Continue Reading

FSIS Considers Expanding Non-O157 STEC Testing

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering whether or not to expand its non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) testing to include ground beef and ground beef components beyond beef manufacturing trimmings. This week, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted its analysis of estimated costs and benefits associated with implementing the additional testing…. Continue Reading

The Search for Alternatives to Antibiotics

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Ask any doctor or veterinarian to rate the important medical discoveries of the past century, and antibiotics would surely be at or near the top of the list. In this century, too, antibiotics are expected to remain an essential tool for treating animal and human diseases. But the “miracle of antibiotics” is being threatened. There… Continue Reading