Tag: Hygiene

FSMA final rule on sanitary food transportation

FSMA final rule on sanitary food transportation

| April 8, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food has now been made final. The rule is one of seven “foundational rules” proposed to create a modern, risk-based framework for food safety and builds on safeguards envisioned in earlier […]

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FSA consults on egg safety report

FSA consults on egg safety report

| February 23, 2016

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a 10-week public consultation on a new draft report examining the safety of raw or lightly cooked eggs. The report was compiled by an expert group set up by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Foods (ACMSF), with a brief to re-examine the issue and […]

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New sentencing guidelines for food safety offences

New sentencing guidelines for food safety offences

| November 3, 2015

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has published new guidelines for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety and hygiene offences. The guidelines are designed to ensure a “consistent, fair and proportionate” approach. From the beginning of February 2016, larger companies with a turnover of more than £50 million could be fined up […]

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Phone app allows covert observation of food handler practices

Phone app allows covert observation of food handler practices

| October 6, 2015

Researchers at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences in the USA have developed and evaluated a new smartphone application designed to help researchers conduct concealed observations of food safety practices in food handling environments. The app was designed to help minimise the so-called Hawthorne Effect, where people make changes to their behaviour in response […]

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Peanut company executives face prison after Salmonella outbreak

Peanut company executives face prison after Salmonella outbreak

| September 24, 2015

According to news reports, Stewart Parnell, ex-owner of the Peanut Corporation of America, and his brother Michael, a former food broker for the company, have been given long prison sentences in the USA for their part in a fatal outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infection. The outbreak occurred in 2008-2009 and affected more than 700 people […]

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FSIS issues warning over Salmonella risk at pig roasts

FSIS issues warning over Salmonella risk at pig roasts

| August 7, 2015

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Public Health Alert because of concerns about Salmonella infections that may be associated with pork products, especially whole pigs used for pig roasts. Eight clusters of illness caused by Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i- were identified in Washington State between April and July 2015 and FSIS […]

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Listeria found at apple processing facility implicated in outbreak

Listeria found at apple processing facility implicated in outbreak

| May 29, 2015

Inspector’s observations published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reveal that seven sampling sites at an apple processing facility implicated in a multistate listeriosis outbreak in late 2014 tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The outbreak affected at least 35 people in 12 states in December 2014 and January 2015. Most of those affected […]

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One in three people at risk from Campylobacter infection

One in three people at risk from Campylobacter infection

| May 19, 2015

According to new figures from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), up to a third of the population risk being infected with the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter at some point during their lifetime. The estimate is based on the current incidence of about 280,000 cases each year. The publication of the figures marks the start of […]

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FDA releases Blue Bell Creameries inspection notes

FDA releases Blue Bell Creameries inspection notes

| May 12, 2015

In the wake of recent cases of listeriosis in the USA linked to ice cream manufactured by Blue Bell Creameries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published “inspectional observations” from their most recent inspections at three of the company’s production sites. As of April 20, 2015, a total of ten patients infected with several […]

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World Health Day focuses on food safety

World Health Day focuses on food safety

| April 7, 2015

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is dedicating its annual World Health Day on 7 April to the issue of food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.” WHO has also released the first findings from an on-going analysis of the global burden of foodborne disease. World Health Day focuses on the […]

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