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ASPA slams senate vote on Catfish Inspection program

The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) has condemned a senate vote in favour of repealing the USDA’s Catfish Inspection program.

FDA issues rule to protect against intentional adulteration

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised the seventh and final rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

CDC: Foodborne disease outbreaks increase but illnesses down

Foodborne disease outbreaks and deaths have increased but illnesses and hospitalizations decreased from the year before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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State lab pays for violating hazardous waste laws

A state-run laboratory will pay a fine of $27,000 and spend $73,000 on equipment to settle claims that it violated state and federal hazardous waste laws at its facility in Augusta.

ECDC assesses public health risk for Olympic Games in Brazil

Visitors to the Olympics and Paralympics Summer Games in Rio, Brazil will be most at risk of gastrointestinal illness and vector-borne infections, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention...

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Grower Direct Nut Company invests in Napasol pasteurization line

A Californian nut company has invested in a Napasol pasteurization line which will be operational in time for this year’s crop.

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Regulation differentiates serious and not-so-serious companies - Merck

The food and beverage industry has changed dramatically in recent years, according to Merck, with some ‘serious hurdles’ now in place in terms of regulation and safety.

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USDA finalizes mechanically tenderized beef rule

Labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been mechanically tenderized have come into force.

Listeria alert: More Treehouse snacks pulled as sunflower seed recall extends

A raft of additional snack products are being pulled from shelves by SunOpta and Treehouse Foods over fears they may be contaminated with a bug that causes listeriosis.

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FDA issues draft guidance for small firms to comply with FSMA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft guidance to assist qualified facilities to comply with a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule.

Pilgrim’s Pride continues recall, taking total to over five million pounds of products

US-based chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride has now recalled over five million pounds (lb) of products between 7 April 2016 to 13 May 2016, confirmed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Listeria fear: updated list of recalled sunflower seed products

The list of snack products affected by concerns they be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes has continued to grow in the past seven days.

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US and Canada boost food safety cooperation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognised Canada as having a comparable food safety system.

Mixed findings from FDA NARMS interim report

Monitoring of antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella in raw meat has revealed some mixed findings, according to an interim report.

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Unilever, Blue Bell, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp and Foster Farms in recalls

A recall round-up sees four separate incidents, three due to possible foreign material contamination, with Unilever, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp and Foster Farms involved.

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a...

Noodle producer shuts after unsanitary inspection findings

A San Francisco noodle company has stopped production after US regulators found unsanitary conditions during inspections.

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Arrest made after intentional food contamination at grocery store

A man has been arrested and has admitted spraying food with a mixture of a commercial mouse poison, alcohol-based hand-sanitizer and water.

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ISO 22000 standard revision progressing

Revision of the ISO 22000 standard on food safety management is continuing with the next meeting planned for June.

Dole being investigated by DOJ after Listeria outbreak

Dole is being investigated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in relation to a Listeria outbreak from packed salads.

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FDA extends comment period on treated produce assessment

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended by 60 days the comment period on the risk of foodborne illness associated with eating produce from fields were raw manure...

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Cheese producer prosecuted after food safety failings

A UK-based cheese producer has been prosecuted after consistent findings of Listeria.

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Hazelnuts, cocoa and alcohol targeted by cargo thieves - FreightWatch

Hazelnuts, cocoa, alcohol and ham were among commodities targeted by cargo thieves this month, according to FreightWatch.

Australia & NZ

Regulator mulls ‘all other foods’ maximum residue limit for chemicals

The antipodean food regulator has called for submissions on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals.

Contractor dies on NOVA Chemicals polyethylene expansion plant

Investigations have begun after a contract worker suffered a ‘severe trauma’ and died while working on a stationary crane on NOVA Chemicals PE1 (polyethylene) expansion plant in Joffre, Alberta, Canada.

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