FSMA food defense rule proposed

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new rule aimed at protecting the U.S. food supply from intentional contamination.

Under the rule, domestic and foreign food facilities will be required to evaluate vulnerabilities in their processes in order to prevent acts that could cause public harm. This kind of adulteration can take […]

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Food safety

Year end sees sea of regulatory flux – The Acheson Group

From leafy greens to a plan to reduce Salmonella, there’s a lot going on at the […]

India: Right to unadulterated food is linked to Constitution

India’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the right to safe, unadulterated food is enshrined within the constitution.

The ruling came as part of a case involving the effect of soft drinks on health, especially the health of children, the New Indian Express reports. Among other items, the court’s ruling states that existing regulations must […]

New food defense tool available from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a tool to its arsenal against intentional food adulteration and contamination.

The new software – the Food Defense Plan Builder – is designed to help food facility operators easily develop plans to prevent intentional contamination. Although FDA doesn’t require food defense plans, many companies still implement […]

Source for Hawaii E. coli outbreak unknown

E. coli

Health department officials in Hawaii are trying to track down the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened nine.

Four people – one adult and three kids – have been hospitalized. The three children also developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease that is associated with pathogenic E. […]

Libya methanol poisoning outbreak death toll climbs

The number of people in Libya who have died from drinking alcohol contaminated with methanol has hit 87, the Associated Press reports.

The outbreak, which first was reported a week ago, has injured more than 1,000 people, Libya’s Health Minister has said. Additionally, 15 people have been blinded and others have suffered kidney failure or […]

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Agriculture

Editor’s note: Tomorrow is National Agriculture Day in the U.S., a time to recognize the contributions of U.S. agriculture. It falls during National Agriculture Week, which begins today and […]

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Neogen: Economic adulteration will proliferate – Food Quality News

A tough economy factors in.

Q&A with Michael Taylor, Part I: The next FSMA rules and imports – Food Safety […]

Final rule on detention of adulterated, mislabeled food published

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can now detain food products if the agency believes them to be adulterated or mislabeled, thanks to a final rule announced yesterday.

Prior to the update, FDA needed “credible evidence” the food product posed a threat to public health prior to detaining the product. The final rule adopted […]

Report: No cause found for E. coli O145 outbreak

E. coli

No source has been found for an E. coli outbreak that sickened more than a dozen people and claimed the life of a toddler, according to the final report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, published July 20, lists the final number of people sickened by the outbreak […]