Changes to the food safety code the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services wanted to begin enforcing in July are taking just a little longer than anticipated.

The first changes to the food safety regulations for Alaska’s largest city since 2010 are open for public comment until Sept. 22, and the department is hosting…

In the wake of two foodborne illness outbreaks, Hawaii began a week of public hearings on revisions to its food code on Monday.

Also on Monday, state officials cleared a seaweed grower-shipper whose products were linked to one of the outbreaks to resume operations.

illustration Hawaii food safety tastyThe Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) lifted its cease and desist…

Managers and employees at more than half of the delis in a recent study reported the retail operations are failing to meet U.S. Food Code specifications because meat slicers are not cleaned often enough. Meat slicing machines in retail delis are notorious for harboring Listeria bacteria, as well as contributing to the reputation deli meats…

The new Food Standards Code for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) became fully effective on March 1. aussie-zeaflags_406x250Steve McCutcheon, chief executive officer of FSANZ,   said the new code more closely aligns with the food acts of Australian states and territories and New Zealand. There is no transition period between the old and new version…

cupcakes Idaho activists have won their fight to “unchain the cupcake” gaining approval from two state legislative committees that agreed this month to define cottage foods and require such home cookin’ to be labeled when offered for sale. The OK from the Health and Welfare Committees in the Idaho House of Representatives and Senate keeps homemade…

FDA-foodcode_406x250 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued supplemental information to the 2013 Food Code on Thursday. The modifications expand the duties of the Person in Charge in a food establishment. They will now include overseeing routine monitoring of food temperatures during hot and cold holding, expand and clarify the type of information that should…

For those in the food industry, the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak of 1993 is known as the single event that convinced burger joints across the country to raise their internal cooking temperature by 15 degrees. In that outbreak, hamburgers sold at Jack in the Box franchises predominantly in Washington state sickened more…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched its Food Code Reference System Monday in an effort to strengthen understanding and application of the FDA Food Code. State and local agencies use the agency’s model food code to make their food safety rules more consistent with national food regulatory policy. The new Food Code Reference System,…

When Arizona’s Yavapai County Board of Supervisors were first asked to consider approving the 2009 FDA Food Code on June 4, two of the three board members spoke strongly against it. They characterized the code, which introduced five new regulations for the food industry, as an example of overreaching government control. One rule in particular…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled a new plan for improving food safety practices at commercial establishments. 

The Retail Food Safety Action Plan, announced by the agency Friday, calls for several steps intended to strengthen state and local food safety requirements at grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and other food vending facilities, …

The odor from the outdoor food preparation going on at a business called Home Bakery and Festivals in Chicago was so foul that neighbors began calling local newspapers.

In a backyard, three women were working in the heat of Chicago’s summer — one breaking eggs, one using a hose to clean out a mixture from …