FDA completes FSMA with finalization of last rule

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon require food companies to have a written food defense plan to protect their products from deliberate contamination intended to cause widespread harm to the public.

This announcement came last week, and is the last of seven major rules of the Food Safety Modernization […]

Planning a BBQ this weekend? Read this first.

Memorial Day is almost here and that means many people are getting ready to head outside to soak up the sun with cookouts. However, warmer weather also increases the risk of foodborne illness. That is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care […]

Science: Faulty ‘best by’ dates drive up food waste

When it comes to judging if the food in your refrigerator is still safe to eat, many turn to the “best by,” or “use by” date stamps usually found on food packaging. Some experts are saying, however, these labels fail to communicate meaningful information and may be contributing to the huge environmental problem of food […]

Researchers examine how disease is transmitted in livestock

Using new molecular techniques, a team of scientists has shown how a largely eradicated livestock disease, brucellosis, has been transmitted among cattle, bison, and elk in the greater Yellowstone area. The research may have important implications in the management of disease outbreaks between livestock and wildlife.

The scientists involved investigated the wildlife-livestock transmission pathways of […]

Scientists successfully culture norovirus

For the first time researchers have grown a human norovirus in a cell culture dish, taking a step toward developing medications to treat the stomach bug that strikes millions of people every year in schools, hotels, and cruise ships.

Noroviruses are intestinal viruses that cause violent vomiting and diarrhea. In the U.S. alone, human noroviruses […]

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Genetically Modified Salmon Approved for Sale in Canada – Food Safety Magazine In Canada, genetically modified (GM) salmon has been approved for sale. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and […]

Handwashing: Chances are you’re doing it wrong

FSIS releases mechanically tenderized beef labeling rule

Just in time for the summer grilling season, new labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks went into effect earlier this week and aim to make meat prepared in this fashion safer for consumers to eat.

Under this rule, these products (about 6.2 billion servings annually) must bear labels that state that they […]

Report: GMOs are safe but are they effective?

According to a comprehensive new analysis by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, genetically engineered crops appear to be safe to eat and do not harm the environment. However, as stated in one article, it is somewhat unclear whether the technology has actually increased crop yields.

Released earlier this week, the report comes […]

Tox Tuesday: Dirty money

In a recent study that analyzed the genetic material on $1 bills, scientists found several reasons why you shouldn’t put your money where your mouth is. Most of those reasons center on the dangerous bacteria and drug residue that is present on a high majority of bills circulating around the world today.

“It was quite […]