Beauty is in the eye of the USDA

Magazines have been known to Photoshop individuals nearly beyond recognition in order to achieve a sense of perfection and beauty. The images in the magazines and print ads depict a person in their peak physical shape with not a blemish in sight. This is a uniquely human trait—or is it?

Fruit and vegetables can be […]

Color-coded food inspection to start soon

A new food inspection safety system will soon be hitting Hawaii restaurants. The food safety rating system is comprised of a color-coded grading system of red, yellow and green marks.

It is being called a “visible grading system,” by some news outlets, where placards will showcase to customers how their favorite establishment has fared in […]

System helps detect foodborne illness through Twitter

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, but in this case it’s what you tweet that may be more important.

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a system called nEmesis that analyzes millions of tweets to zero-in on people posting about foodborne illness after visiting a restaurant. The system not […]

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Food Safety Modernization Act: A view from elsewhere – Food Safety Magazine

The U.S.’ sweeping food safety law, as viewed from Canada.

FDA publishes a draft risk assessment of […]

FSIS issues new guidelines for marking sample sources during STEC testing

E. coli

Inspectors will soon see a change in the way they note the source of samples taken during routine Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) testing.

The new measures apply to samples taken during STEC verification testing that then are added to the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Sources will be marked as either […]

Groups voice concerns about joint U.S.-Canada meat inspection pilot program

A pilot program aimed at streamlining meat inspection at the U.S.-Canadian border has some food safety and consumer groups concerned.

A part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the pilot program results will help determine if a small number of businesses can achieve pre-clearance for fresh beef and pork shipments across the border, according […]

Michigan introduces new food inspection data system, prepares for new food law

Curious what grade your local grocer got on their last inspection?

You now can check out results of inspections going back to last September on the newly launched MiSafe food establishment inspection reporting system. The system allows users to look up inspection records for Michigan grocery stores, convenience stores, food processors and food warehouses.

The […]