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IAFP 2013: Interview on Food Traceability with Tejas Bhatt, Manager of Food Safety Programs at IFT

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Food Safety News interviewed Tejas Bhatt, manager of food safety programs at the Institute of Food Technologists, about food traceability at the recent 2013 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Bhatt discussed the challenges of traceability systems, the traceability provisions in the Food Safety Modernization Act, and the future of food traceability…. Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Interview with Veterinarian and Food Safety Researcher Dr. Michele Jay-Russell

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Food Safety News spoke with veterinarian and UC Davis researcher Dr. Michele Jay-Russell at the 2013 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Jay-Russell specializes in the molecular epidemiology of pathogen contamination associated with wildlife. The conversation touched on the risk wildlife sometimes pose to food safety and the controversy over whether food… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Interview with Jason Tetro, Microbiologist, Author and ‘The Germ Guy’

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Food Safety News spoke with microbiologist and author Jason Tetro, also known as “The Germ Guy,” at last week’s 2013 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Tetro blogs about germs and microbiology for the Huffington Post, and his book, “The Germ Code,” will be out November 5. The conversation touched on interacting… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Interview with Keynote Speaker Dr. David Acheson

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During the 2013 annual meeting last week of the International Association for Food Protection, Food Safety News spoke with Dr. David Acheson, this year’s keynote speaker. Before his current post as the director of the Food and Import Safety Practice at Leavitt Partners, Acheson served stints as the chief medical officer for both the U.S…. Continue Reading

Smiling Hara Tempeh Salmonella Outbreak

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  63 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and New York have fallen ill from a rare strain of Salmonella linked to spore culture used to make unpasteurized tempeh by North Carolina food producer Smiling Hara. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B was originally thought to be a typhoidal strain, the type that… Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Guidance on Video Monitoring

Video or other electronic monitoring or recording devices are not only permitted but encouraged in federally inspected meat and poultry processing plants, and now new guidelines highlight the government’s expectation for use of such equipment. The compliance guidelines issued last week — “Compliance Guidelines for Use of Video or Other Electronic Monitoring or Recording Equipment… Continue Reading

More Eyes Aimed at America’s Beef

In another step forward in the battle against foodborne illnesses, the world’s largest beef producer and processed-beef exporter is installing around-the-clock remote video auditing in its eight beef plants in the United States. On Dec. 2, Colorado-based Beef Division of JBS USA Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of JBS S.A., announced its decision… Continue Reading