FDA releases updates on its efforts to prevent Cyclospora

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released updates on its “Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan” efforts which was launched in 2021. The action plan was developed by the agency’s Cyclospora Task Force and details FDA’s strategy for reducing the public health burden of foodborne cyclosporiasis in the U.S. It also defines the agency’s priorities…

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency places sanctions on romaine lettuce imports

CANADA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) has announced special requirements for romaine lettuce imports from the U.S. owing to concerns about Escherichia coli O157:H7 contamination. The Agency has implemented temporary Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) license conditions for the product. SFC regulations require food businesses that import products, prepare food for export, or send food across provincial or…

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USDA to declare Salmonella an adulterant in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to declare Salmonella as an adulterant in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products as a way of safeguarding the market from contaminated products. By declaring Salmonella to be an adulterant, FSIS will have the authority to ensure that highly contaminated products do not enter the market. The action is part…

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FAO/WHO report ranks low moisture foods in terms of microbial risk

U.S – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization’s (WHO)  report and systematic review on “Ranking of Low-Moisture Foods in Support of Microbiological Risk Management”, has cited Salmonella as the most common microbial hazard, in low moisture foods. Salmonella has been linked to several large foodborne illness outbreaks associated with dried herbs…

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