USDA embarks on study to enhance traceability during E.coli related foodborne outbreaks

U.S – Scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have embarked on a study of how the DNA of a specific population of E. coli O157:H7 gradually evolves within its natural environment, to enhance traceability in case of a foodborne outbreak. E. coli O157:H7 is a frequent source of concern for public health due…

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USDA clears  Scantech Sciences to commence commercial operations

U.S – Scantech Sciences, a company enhancing the quality of produce by eliminating pests and pathogens  has achieved the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) certification for commercial operations at its Rio Grande Valley ECP Processing Facility. This milestone is the culmination of years of proprietary technology and process development, which led to the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)…

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USDA amends National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for organic foods

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a final rule in the Federal Register, amending the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for organic foods. The National List stems from the Organic Foods Production Act as a tool for managing the substances used in organic production over time. On the whole, natural substances are permitted…

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USDA updates school nutrition standards to support meal program

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated the school nutrition standards that give schools a clear path forward as they build back better from the pandemic. These actions provide support for the dedicated school meal program operators who provide critical nutrition to millions of children every school day. USDA previously updated the school nutrition standards in 2012.…

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Consumer Organizations seek to prevent new employee-based inspection system from taking effect

U.S – National food-policy and consumer organizations have filed a motion asking for a federal court to rule on a case involving the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) New Swine Inspection System (NSIS), that they claim greatly undermines the ability of federal inspectors to protect consumers from foodborne illnesses. NSIS has been part of continuous effort by Food Safety…

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USDA announces recall of Interstate Meat Distributors’ grounded beef

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the recall of approximately 28,356 pounds of ground beef products by Interstate Meat Distributors Inc., a meat processing company located in Clackamas, Ore, United States, that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 The recall occurred after Consumer Reports’ tests found the  deadly strain…

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USDA changes approach to bring down poultry related Salmonella infections

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that it is considering a new approach that is stronger, and more comprehensive to reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry products. The agency is initiating several key activities to gather the data and information necessary to support future action and move closer to the national…

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USDA welcomes new members to its advisory committee

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has commissioned 13 new members and 17 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). NACMCF provides scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on public health issues relative to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S.…

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Foodborne illness outbreak data identifies 4183 outbreaks

U.S – The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) has  identified 4,183 outbreaks that occurred from 1998 through 2019 and that were confirmed or suspected to be caused by Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria or Campylobacter, including 198 outbreaks that were confirmed or suspected to be caused by multiple pathogens or serotypes. IFSAC is a tri-agency group created by the…

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California’s university receives grant to establish undergraduate major in food safety

U.S – Stanislaus State, an exceptional public university in California, has received a US$275,000 three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a new undergraduate concentration in food safety- a vital need in the Central Valley’s agricultural industries.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Stanislaus State is among 21 universities that have received a National…

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