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Research Seeks Alternatives For Reducing Bacteria in Fresh Produce Using Nanoengineering

May 5, 2015 10:10 am | by WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY - OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH | News | Comments

Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. from 1998 through 2008 have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety.

Coca-Cola Accepts Challenge to Commit to GMO Education

May 5, 2015 9:30 am | by The National Center for Public Policy Research | News | Comments

At last week's annual meeting of Coca-Cola shareholders in Atlanta, Georgia, the National Center...

Washington Fruit Distributors Expand to Meet Demand

May 5, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the state's apple industry is one example of this...

Low-Allergen Soybean Could Have High Impact

May 4, 2015 3:30 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA | News | Comments

Scientists from the UA and University of Illinois have created a new variety of low-allergenic...

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Mitigating Recall Risk

May 4, 2015 1:00 pm | by Todd Harris, Vice President, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS | Articles | Comments

As the complexity of supply chains continues to increase, the consequences of recalls have become far more substantial and wide reaching than in years past.

Fishermen Say They Can't Afford to Pay Monitors

May 4, 2015 9:45 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

New England fishermen of important food species like cod and haddock say the looming cost of paying for at-sea monitors could put them out of business this year.

Are Food Flavorings to Blame For Obesity?

May 4, 2015 9:25 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Eating healthier isn't just about fat, salt and sugar. Flavorings could be fueling America’s obesity epidemic. Americans add nearly 600 million pounds of flavorings to food each year, everything from syrups to spices to sauces.

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Washington State Officials Withdraw Shellfish Spray Permit

May 4, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington's Department of Ecology has canceled a permit to spray pesticides over shellfish beds in two areas, officials said Sunday. The decision to halt the practice in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor is part of an agreement between the local oyster growers association and the state. 

Q&A: How to Properly Address a Food Recall

May 4, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Outbreaks of listeria, a foodborne illness that can be fatal, have been showing up in the news recently. Food Manufacturing had the chance to sit down with Sonal Sinha, the associate vice president at MetricStream, about the impacts of the recent Sabra hummus recall from a supply chain perspective.

From Farm to Fork and Back Again: Traceability Could Save Your Company

May 1, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

During an educational seminar at the Food Safety Summit, food lawyer Shawn Stevens said although an employee may care about traceability, if the owner, upper management, suppliers and the customers don't care -- it's not going to get you too far.

Years-Old Pork Served for Lunch at Schools in East Tennessee

April 30, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An East Tennessee school district served years-old pork to students for lunch and is now implementing new food-handling procedures. Local media outlets report that the frozen meat had dates of 2009 to 2011 and was served to students in the Hawkins County district on April 22. No sicknesses have been reported.

National Recall Leads Call for New Sanitizing Systems to Eliminate Harmful Bacteria

April 30, 2015 11:10 am | by RGF Environmental | News | Comments

Food safety is a national concern with nearly 50 million Americans becoming ill from eating foods contaminated with Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus aureus as well as mold, yeast and viruses.

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Jeni's to Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 30, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO John Lowe says in a statement that the product to be destroyed amounts to 15 tractor-trailer loads on more than 300 pallets. It will cost the Columbus, Ohio-based company more than $2.5 million.

Apple Slices Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

April 30, 2015 7:20 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Sliced apples and products containing them produced by Sun Rich Fresh Foods Ltd., of Brampton, Ont., are being recalled because of the possible presence of Listeria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall is based on its test results and there has been one illness linked to the slices.

Departmental Cooperation For Food Safety Success

April 29, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

“As leaders, there is nothing more important in our industry than building relationships,” Donnie Temperley, VP of Operations at Hormel Foods Corporation, said during the 2015 Food Safety Summit keynote address.

Listeria Concerns Spark Hy-Vee Recall of Pasta Salad

April 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The grocer said this week that the company has learned that frozen vegetables in the salad could be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The company sold the salad from April 9 to April 27. Hy-Vee has pulled the salad from stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Georgia Education Officials Checking Campuses for Recalled Ice Cream

April 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said in a statement Tuesday that the Georgia Department of Public Health is working with schools and school districts to remove Blue Bell products from campuses.

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Integration in Food Safety: The Time is Now

April 28, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Tuesday’s main event at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore looked at what an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) is, why it is needed and what steps to take to best implement the integration.

The Appeal of Being Anti-GMO

April 27, 2015 2:45 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to GMOs has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture.

Survey Released to Help Farmers Prepare For Produce Rule

April 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has released a survey to determine how farmers may be affected by the Food and Drug Administration's new produce safety rule.

Russia Tightens Ban on European Food Imports

April 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia is set to tighten its ban on food imports from Europe by restricting re-exports of fruit and vegetables through European countries.

My First Experience at the Food Safety Summit

April 27, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In just a few hours, I will be boarding a plane to Baltimore, MD., where I will be joining more than 1,500 food safety professionals at the 2015 Food Safety Summit.

Chipotle Finishes Removing GMO Ingredients From its Food

April 27, 2015 10:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so. The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but was working on making final changes to its tortillas.

Deaths Caused By Powdered Caffeine on the Rise

April 27, 2015 10:00 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

As powdered caffeine grows in popularity, so too does the concern over fatal overdoses. Hospitals all across the country are seeing a rise in people seeking emergency medical attention.

Machine Turns Rotten Veggies Into Fertilizer

April 27, 2015 9:40 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A Washington state man has invented a machine that extracts beneficial nutrients from old veggies and scraps and turns them into something incredibly useful.

Wisconsin Egg Company Vows to be Productive After Bird Flu

April 27, 2015 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wisconsin facility hit by a highly contagious bird flu virus will become productive again after they euthanize all 800,000 chickens, the company president says.

Is Ice Cream Safe? Federal Health Officials Say Yes

April 27, 2015 8:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in a sample of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related.

Ohio Food Safety Testers to Start Checking Ice Cream

April 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio food safety testers are adding ice cream to the list of items they pull from store shelves to check for contamination. That change comes as two well-known producers recall frozen treats amid concerns about possible listeria contamination, which is unusual in ice cream.

Recall Review: April 20-24

April 27, 2015 7:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Here is a recap of the food industry recalls that were in the news last week.

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