Sunday, September 15, 2019
The food industry is both at high risk of and unprepared for a cybersecurity incident, according to a new report from the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) at the University of Minnesota. The report suggests that food companies that...
September is National Food Safety Education Month. Started in 1994, this initiative aims to prevent foodborne illness, which sickens 48 million Americans every year.  While the food industry tends to focus on preventing contamination during manufacturing, a large percentage of...
In the wake of the recent E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce that sickened dozens of people across the country, the announcement of a new rapid testing kit for the bacteria couldn’t be more welcome. The technology, developed by researchers...
In the past few years, interest in nanotechnology has grown exponentially. The official definition of nanotechnology, from the United States National Nanotechnology Initiative, is “science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.” What...
A little over two years ago, 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI), the recognized standard developer and owner of the 3-A Symbol for hygienic equipment design, became aware that a group of companies from China were using the 3-A...
Earlier this week at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting, Clear Labs launched Clear Safety, the first end-to-end next-generation sequencing (NGS) system for routine pathogen testing. The launch follows a pilot program that was deployed at companies...
Every day in food facilities around the globe, microbiologists prepare and analyze samples looking for pathogens. As the recent outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce shows, those tests don’t always find the pathogens that ultimately lead to people...
By Steve Ardagh, Founder and CEO, Eagle Protect PBC In response to PVC’s toxic threats, global governments and corporations have passed policies to phase out PVC, including vinyl (PVC) gloves, and switch to safer, healthier PVC-free products. This article explains the food...
The FDA announced today that the agency does not intend to enforce certain provisions of FSMA, at least until additional rulemaking can take place. The enforcement discretion applies to four rules: Preventive Controls (PC) for Human Food Preventive Controls...
Pests and sanitation problems top the list of the FDA’s most frequently cited inspection observations in food facilities for FY 2017. The list, released last month, aggregates the observations cited on FDA Form 483s, which are filed “when, in...

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