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NAFTA talks a chance to create joint risk assessment body

With NAFTA renegotiation talks ongoing it is a critical time for a conversation on protecting and improving the supply chain, according to two think tanks.

FDA delays some safety requirements for produce under FSMA to make them less complicated, costly

FDA is pushing back the compliance dates for most agricultural water testing standards outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule to “simplify our approach to make compliance...

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Pontdexter adds pasteurization capacity to help Produce Safety Rule compliance

Poindexter Nut Company is to start pasteurizing all the walnuts it ships in North America with a high throughput Napasol line.

Imports and FSMA driving demand from Latin America - Hygiena

Hygiena has expanded distribution operations in Latin America with a permanent base in Mexico City.

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California and Arizona align with produce safety rule

The California and Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements have updated required food safety practices to align with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule.

FDA offers free software to help companies create mandatory food safety plans

FDA is extending a helping hand to companies struggling to meet new food safety measures outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act, for which the deadline is quickly approaching, by...

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Delaware extends funding program to include third party food safety audits

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) is extending a funding program for fruit and veg growers to include any third party food safety audit.

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ALP urges flexibility to achieve Listeria control

The Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention (ALP) has urged the FDA to give companies flexibility when looking to control Listeria monocytogenes that fits the level of risk in products and facilities.

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Novolyze wins IAFP award

Novolyze has won the 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).

Certus Listeria detection system to launch early 2018

Certus will launch its first pathogen detection and environmental monitoring system early next year for Listeria spp.

US Marshals seize adulterated food worth $70k

US Marshals have seized adulterated food worth more than $70,000 from a Minnesota warehouse.

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Novolyze at Future Food Tech NYC

Novolyze is among six start-ups which will present at an event in New York next week.

Special Edition: Track & Trace

Businesses adjusting to first full year of FSMA Compliance

While we acclimate ourselves to the ever changing food safety environment, businesses are adjusting to the first full year of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliance.

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NIFA makes food safety project funding available

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $4.8m in funding available for food safety projects.

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

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US and Australia recognise food safety systems as comparable

Australia and the US have signed a bilateral food safety recognition agreement after five years of work.

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BioFront Technologies named as US agent for Fera’s proficiency testing service

Fera Science has appointed BioFront Technologies as the US agent for its proficiency testing service.

Nutrition regulations likely will languish under Trump, but enforcement for food safety will increase

After eight years under the Obama Administration of a “whole lot of fun” for nutrition policy advocates, the next four years under the Trump White House likely will feel like...

Companies urged to speak out on Regulatory Accountability Act

Half a dozen consumer organisations have called on 11 companies to oppose regulation that they say will block future legislation to improve food safety.

FSMA rule requirements already best practice - C.H. Robinson

Industry is already complying with requirements of a FSMA rule that comes into effect this month, according to a produce and cold chain logistics company.

Dixie Dew shut as part of E. coli outbreak probe

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the registration of a manufacturer of soy nut butter linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157.

Strategic plan outlines how FDA, CDC and USDA will tackle foodborne illness in next 5 years

A trio of government agencies will work together in the next five years to improve methods for pinpointing the source of foodborne illness outbreaks as part of ongoing analytic efforts...

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Consumer orgs dub regulation ‘Filthy Food Act’

A dozen consumer groups have called on the US Senate to oppose regulation they have dubbed the “Filthy Food Act.”

Mixed news for food agencies in Trump’s budget

There was mixed news for food safety agencies in President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint.

Dried surrogate bacteria could help with process validation, FSMA compliance

A new validation technique using dried surrogate bacteria that could help companies come into compliance with new FSMA requirements has been developed by French company Novolyze.

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