New food safety measures hope to decrease foodborne illness outbreaks

Food safety has been on the minds of many political officials lately as a final ruling regarding mechanically tenderized beef was made this week, along with the introduction of two new food safety bills that have the potential to strengthen the federal food safety system.

First, after three years of debate, the U.S. Department of […]

Canada introduces labels for mechanically tenderized beef

Shoppers in Canada can now easily determine if the beef they are considering for purchase has been mechanically tenderized.

In response to a 2012 outbreak of E. coli associated with mechanically tenderized beef (MTB), the Canadian government mandated the use of labels that clearly indicate MTB, and also include instructions to safely prepare the product.


Canada announces mechanically tenderized beef rule

Canada’s rules surrounding mechanically tenderized beef may soon be stricter.

The new proposal would amend the country’s Food and Drug Regulation to provide a definition of mechanically tenderized beef, require labeling for all mechanically tenderized beef sold in Canada, and update requirements surrounding the addition of proper cooking instructions, according to the Feb. 15 edition […]

Mechanically-tenderized beef comment period extended

The comment period on labeling mechanically-tenderized beef products has been reopened following a request by trade associations.

The proposed rule would require the use of the label “mechanically tenderized” on raw or partially-cooked beef products that have been tenderized using needles or blades. The concern comes as the blades or needles may inadvertently transfer pathogens […]

FDA seeking comments on Food Safety Survey

The next iteration of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Survey will address emerging concerns, as well as longstanding food safety issues.

The survey is conducted every few years to gauge “consumers’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about food safety”, according to a notice in the Federal Register. Information also will be used […]

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Label backlog and expedited label evaluation process (Constituent update) – U.S. Department of Agriculture

With the U.S. government up and running again, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has […]

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Neogen introduces NeoSEEK™ meat species identification service – Neogen

The new service offers tests for raw or cooked meat samples.

Preventive controls: Daunting for some, standard procedure for seafood […]

FSIS proposes mechanically-tenderized beef rules

New rules may be on the way for mechanically-tenderized beef products.

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed new requirements for labeling beef that has been mechanically tenderized as well as adding additional cooking instructions to help consumers cook it safely.

Mechanical tenderization is a process some meat cuts […]

Safe Food for Canadians Act implementation begins

The Canadian government has taken the next step in rolling out the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

Last week, officials unveiled the government’s action plan, which aims to provide additional information to consumers, create more effective inspections and enhance food safety rules, according to a statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Several food […]