FSMA sanitary transport rule announced

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A rule aimed at preventing contamination of human and animal food during transport announced today marks the final major rule to come from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The proposed rule would create criteria for sanitary transportation methods, including proper refrigeration, cleaning between shipments and ensuring food is protected […]

Preventive controls for animal feed comment period extended

Those who wish to comment on a proposed rule to enhance the safety of pet food and animal feed now have an extra month to do so.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the comment period on the rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food […]

FSMA intentional adulteration meetings scheduled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled meetings to take comments on and address questions surrounding the agency’s new intentional adulteration rule.

The Proposed Rule for Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (also known as the food defense rule) aims to protect the U.S. food supply against intentional adulteration that […]

Horse DNA found in beef products at Dutch facility

Horse meat has once again been found in beef products, this time in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has preventatively blocked beef shipments from an unnamed slaughterhouse after testing found horse DNA in four batches of beef products. Officials found the DNA during an investigation by the Intelligence and […]

USDA to host fruits and vegetables Codex meeting

Those interested in commenting on fresh fruit and vegetable agenda items slated for submission to an international food standards body soon will have the opportunity to do so.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has slated a public meeting from 1 to 3 p.m., January 30 at the USDA headquarters […]

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Salmonella biofilms extremely resistant to disinfectants – Food Safety News

Once the bacterium forms a film, it can be very tough to eliminate.

Appropriations […]

PEDV reported in Canada

Canada’s first cases of a deadly swine virus have been reported in Ontario.

Although porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) isn’t transmissible to humans and doesn’t affect food safety, it does cause high mortality rates among infected pigs. The virus is endemic in other areas of the world and was first reported in the U.S. last […]

FDA issues Retail Program Standards

A new version of a set of voluntary food standards for retail establishments aims to improve food safety and cut back on foodborne illness.

The 2013 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards – or simply Retail Program Standards – is meant to be a guide for food regulatory officials at local, state, federal, […]

Atypical BSE case found in Germany

Germany has reported its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, since 2009.

The 10-year-old cow showed no clinical signs of the neurological disease, but was tested for BSE because of its age . Its carcass was destroyed and it did not enter the food chain, according to an alert from […]

Tox Tuesday: PCP

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

A drug that was a major concern decades ago and can cause violent behavior is making a comeback.

Phencyclidine, also known as PCP or angel dust, is a dissociative anesthetic that causes users to feel as though they are detached from the world around them, and can […]