FDA issues investigation findings on 2020 Salmonella outbreak linked to red onions

WORLD- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), alongside state and federal partners, have investigated the outbreak to identify potential contributing factors that may have led to red onion contamination with Salmonella Newport. Between June and October 2020, federal and state agencies investigated the Salmonella Newport food-borne illness outbreak associated with consumption of red onions from the Southern San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley in California. The outbreak, which caused 1,127 reported domestic illnesses and 515 reported Canadian cases, is the largest Salmonella outbreak in over a decade. This outbreak…

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FSSAI makes it compulsory for agri-food industry operators to specify FSSAI license number on receipts, invoice

INDIA- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a latest order to food business operators, requiring them to specify FSSAI license or registration number on cash receipts or purchase invoice with effect from October 1 this year. The FSSAI mentioned that the move will succor consumers who can lodge online complaints against a particular business using the FSSAI number as most complaints remain unresolved due to lack of specificity. “Licensing and registration authorities are directed to widely publicize the policy and shall ensure its implementation mandatorily…

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FDA calls for innovation of economical Tech-enabled traceability tools

WORLD- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a challenge to spur the development of affordable, tech-enabled traceability tools to help protect people and animals from contaminated foods. This will also enable the rapid identification of their sources and help remove the contaminated products from the marketplace as quickly as possible.   The new era of smarter food safety low or no cost Tech-enabled traceability, advances a goal set forth in the New Era of smarter food safety blueprint, released in July 2020. This was set up to encourage the…

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Thawed Yellowfin tuna suspected for foodborne illness in Italy

ITALY- Tuna is being investigated for a possible cause of illness in at least 12 people in Italy. The foodborne outbreak is suspected to have been caused by thawed yellowfin tuna steaks with added water from Italy and raw material from Spain. The Tuscany local health unit (ASL) has received reports on about 9 people experiencing symptoms like fainting, loss of consciousness, vomiting and nausea. The affected individuals who were admitted to different hospitals before later being discharged all reported having consumed tuna in diverse forms at two distinct restaurants…

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Corbion upgrades listeria control model to bolster food safety efforts

NETHERLANDS – Corbion, a leading food ingredients supplier, has upgraded its Listeria control model to increase the accuracy of food safety measures and enhance speed-to-market for new product developments. Improvements to the newly relaunched CLCM have made the job of identifying the most effective and cost-efficient Listeria control method very simple, says the Dutch company. It uses pH, water activity (Aw), salt content and other parameters to determine the optimum antimicrobial to achieve the desired level of Listeria control. Developers of the enhanced Corbion Listeria Control Model (CLCM) leveraged the…

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