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 […]

Study: Salmonella can survive for months in cookies, crackers


Researchers at the University of Georgia found that pathogens, such as some types of Salmonella, can survive for at least six months in dry foods like cookies and crackers. The recent study was prompted by an increased number of outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to low-water-activity, or dry foods, a recent article states.