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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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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EFSA assesses sources, mitigation measures against antimicrobial resistance, begins to consider findings on glyphosate analysis

EUROPE-The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the role of food-producing environments in the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the European Union (EU) plant-based food production, terrestrial animals (poultry, cattle and pigs) and aquaculture. Among the various sources and transmission routes identified, fertilizers of fecal origin, irrigation and surface water for plant-based food and water for aquaculture are the most significant sources of AMR.  In terrestrial animal production, potential sources are feed, humans, water, air or dust, soil, wildlife, rodents, arthropods, and equipment. The soil is…

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Afreximbank boosts capacity of food safety compliance in Africa with establishment of first quality assurance centre in Nigeria

NIGERIA – African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade, has commenced the construction of an Africa Quality Assurance Centre (AQAC) in Ogun State, Nigeria. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility commenced on 25th February 2021 and is expected to kick-start operations by the second quarter of 2022. The Ogun State AQAC is strategically located on a 5-hectare plot of land allocated by the Ogun State Government along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The project site is 65km from Lagos, Nigeria’s main port city…

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