For the 10th year, a panel of the nation’s top food safety officials spoke Wednesday to more than 300 virtual Food Safety Summit attendees.   

Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas told the virtual audience that it is also the 10th anniversary of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Yiannas, who runs the FDA’s Food Policy and Response unit, recapped 2020’s experiences involving the pandemic and looked forward toward improved food safety.

“As we all know by now, the (COVID-19) virus is not transmitted by food,” Yiannas said. “Nor is food packaging much of a concern.”

As for FSMA, signed
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ROSEMONT, IL — The opening session today of the virtual Food Safety Summit covered what a range of sectors did in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Epidemiology, regulatory, distribution, manufacturing, foodservice and retail sectors were represented.

Lee-Ann Jaykus, from North Carolina State University, spoke about the SARS-COV 2 virus in general, giving attendees the background and science  on the cause of the ongoing pandemic.

Jaykus said outbreaks have occurred in restaurants, at meat packing and processing plants and other manufacturing sites. Common themes include indoor settings, close face-to-face and extended contact; and poor ventilation in some cases.

On survivability, she
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ROSEMONT, IL — Food safety inspections for the past 100 years or so have generally fallen into one or the other of just two categories.   

Meat inspection since the 1906 Federal Meat Inspection Act has been a USDA service provided by it’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) personnel who are assigned to about 6,200 private establishments that produce meat and poultry. USDA provides continuous inspection services.  

Other food manufacturers are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the states. The agencies come in for on-site inspections that are often risk-based. On-site inspections are carried out by FDA or
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CHICAGO — The Food Safety Summit, which continues here today, has been on the cutting edge since its inception and remains there. Mobile apps for conferences and events have gone in the blink of an eye from rarely seen to absolutely necessary.

Again this year there is an FSS mobile app. It is chock-full of information, including schedules, attendee lists, speaker information, a news feed, and more.

Apps make it possible for attendees to pull their own schedule together from all the offerings. Apps make it possible for conference organizers to reach attendees on a 24/7 basis during the event
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