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This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food regulation, legislation and worker safety. Worker injury and safety cases, updates on all things Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) act related and ammonia, carbon monoxide or other potentially hazardous substances leaking or spilling can be read under this tab. 

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FSIS issues safety tips ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is issuing recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic states potentially affected by Tropical Storm Arthur.

MidWest Foods upgrades video surveillance to guard food safety

Midwest Foods, a large US food distributor, has installed a video surveillance system to ensure the safety of its products and workers.

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Undeclared milk allergen prompts Flowers Foods bakery recall

Flowers Foods has issued a voluntary recall across a range of its bakery products sold in four US states due to unlabeled milk content.

Poultry processor fined for previously identified safety violations

Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. has been fined for failing to correct previously identified serious safety violations found at a kosher poultry processing facility.

Bürkert: ORP can detect micro-organisms leading to food outbreaks

Bürkert will monitor and control PH, chlorine, conductivity, oxidation reduction potential (ORP) and turbidity in water processing with its Online Analysis System to be launched in September.

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FMI: Food traceability requires a common language

For traceability to work, food industry stakeholders must create and share a common language on safety and sourcing, according to one industry expert.

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Nestlé USA recalls 10,000 packages of ice cream

Nestlé USA is recalling 10,000 packages of Häagen-Dazs ice cream due to mismatched packaging which does not identify peanuts.

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Cereal manufacturer faces $40k fine for worker safety violations

California Cereal Products has been cited for nine serious safety and health violations and hit with a $40,600 penalty.

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Laugh if you want, but the food supply is safer than ever

The satirical specialists at The Onion might make food recall jokes at the expense of the FDA, but the safety of the US food supply is seriously better than ever.

Legislation targets adulteration ambiguity in foodborne outbreaks

A bill introduced by two US Congresswomen aims to give the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) clear authority to keep pathogens out of the meat and poultry supply chain.

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Date-label confusion fuels food waste

Inconsistencies in food packaging date labeling leads to unnecessary waste, according to one former Trader Joe’s leader.

CFIA teams to focus on plant sanitation and recall response

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has created special teams to oversee the performance of the country’s food safety system.

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IFT: CDC is “raising the bar” on food safety technology

One food safety expert says federal US food safety agencies have made a few missteps down the road to a safer food supply, but many of their achievements deserve applause.

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GS1: Traceability is tops in food safety

The global standards organization is stressing the importance of improved traceability in the food supply chain worldwide, to keep consumers safe and regulators happy.

Meat processor hit with $121K in OSHA fines

Acadian Fine Foods, which specializes in producing meat and poultry products, has been cited for 16 safety and health violations by OSHA, carrying up to $121,660 in fines.

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National protection politics preventing globally-harmonized food safety: SGS

Protection politics - the employment of policies designed to protect domestic markets and stakeholders - are the single greatest barrier to harmonized worldwide food safety regulations, testing services provider SGS...

Kraft recalls Velveeta from Walmart stores

The food firm is recalling a batch of the cheese product due to insufficient levels of sorbic acid, a shortcoming that could lead to foodborne illness or spoilage.

Country Style Foods fined after worker suffers serious hand injuries

Country Style Foods has been fined after a worker suffered serious hand injuries due to ice not being cleared and making the floor slippery.

Carbon monoxide sickens food processing workers

Nearly two dozen staff at Keybrand Foods were taken to hospital after a carbon monoxide leak at the processing facility.

Mum finds blade in baby food packaging

A supermarket has issued a nationwide recall of its Baby Macro Organic Tomato Chicken with Pasta Puree after a mother found a metal blade inside the packaging.

IFCO ships 1bn reusable containers each year

IFCO (a company specializing in reusable containers for food, produce, and other applications) has hit the milestone of shipping 1bn containers each year.

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HACCP certification means no more dirty laundry

Electrolux Professional has become the first HACCP International certified laundry manufacturer.

Seafood processor cited after worker’s death

Sea Watch International has been cited for seven serious safety violations after a worker died at its New Bedford plant.

Are there gaps in your safety program?

red24assist has launched a web-based tool designed to enable food professionals to locate shortfalls in their safety programs.

FMI Connect links safety in the food supply chain

FMI Connect, the annual food event, is focusing on technology and services that increase the safety of food across the supply chain.

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