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The importance of food safety has been brought into sharp focus as North America has been hit by a spate of foodborne illnesses. Now the regulatory framework governing US food safety looks set for an overhaul.

Strategic plan outlines how FDA, CDC and USDA will tackle foodborne illness in next 5 years

A trio of government agencies will work together in the next five years to improve methods for pinpointing the source of foodborne illness outbreaks as part of ongoing analytic efforts...

Brazil reacts after beef scandal

The Brazilian government is to accelerate audits of 21 meatpacking plants as part of a police investigation into alleged corruption and tainted beef.

Mixed news for food agencies in Trump’s budget

There was mixed news for food safety agencies in President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint.

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Executive order threatens protections that safeguard food - EWG

President Trump’s latest executive order threatens protections that safeguard food, according to the EWG’s senior VP for government affairs.

GAO argues again that the US should unite the 19 agencies that oversee food safety under one system

Citing an uptick in multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks and their high cost to consumers and manufacturers alike, the Government Accountability Office reiterates its 40-year argument for a single, unified food...

Arctic Apple could be Litmus test for future of GM foods, Rabobank analysts suggest

When the Arctic Apple hits select store shelves this month as one of the first products genetically modified for consumers’ benefit, it will serve as a line in the sand...

Have thousands of facility registrations lapsed?

A quirk of the latest go round in the FDA facility registration process means thousands of foreign firms could find their registrations have lapsed, a leading consultant tells NutraIngredients-USA.

Consumer food safety education must be reinforced to ‘reap the rewards’ of FSMA, FDA official says

As the deadlines for regulations painstakingly developed under the Food Safety Modernization Act begin to go into effect, compliance by producers, suppliers and manufacturers alone will not be enough to...

Four tools to help fight food borne illness & boost food safety efforts

Declaring that public health professionals are “losing the battle” against food borne illness, a former president of the International Association of Food Protection suggests food safety specialists over-rely on training,...

TerraVia CEO ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Soylent’s reaction to recall

Soylent’s rush to judgment over recall is damaging our business, claims TerraVia as it suspends supplies of all of its ingredients to Soylent

Soylent’s decision to drop TerraVia’s algal flour from its new food bar and version 1.6 of its powder was made without a rigorous investigation into whether it was actually to...

From Trump to climate change threats and scientific advancements, 2017 promises ‘excitement’

With each new year comes new trends in ingredients, cooking styles and eating patterns, but in 2017 the incoming presidential Administration could fundamentally change the way Americans eat by changing...

Soylent identifies ‘likely’ ingredients behind digestive issues... but won't say what they are

Soylent will reformulate its new food bar and the latest version (1.6) of its powdered product, and resume shipping in Q1 2017, after identifying the “likely” ingredients behind the digestive...

Betty Lou's reassures customers in wake of Soylent bar recall: 'The issue did not originate from our facility'

McMinnville, Oregon-based snack manufacturer Betty Lou’s has reassured customers that the gastrointestinal problems some consumers have reported after consuming Soylent bars “did not originate from our facility.”

Soylent recalls bar, but cause of ‘gastrointestinal issues’ remains a mystery

Soylent has temporarily halted shipments of its new Soylent bar amid reports that “a small number of our customers have experienced gastrointestinal issues” after consuming it, but says the cause...

Avure on new directions for HPP, and the real takeaways from those FDA warning letters…

High pressure processing (HPP) is rapidly gaining traction in new food and beverage applications, while the growing toll network has also made it more accessible, says HPP specialist Avure, which...

GUEST ARTICLE: When it comes to food safety, doing just what is required will never be enough

The esteemed American food writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher once wrote, “First we eat, then we do everything else.”

Kellogg recalls 10,000 cases of Eggo waffles over listeria bug fear

Kellogg has voluntarily recalled around 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat waffles over fears they may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes listeriosis.

New research tackles carrageenan safety concerns

New research attempts to set the record straight on the safety of carrageenan – a controversial but widely used stabilizer and thickening ingredient that has been called into question as...

Senator slams FDA final rule on GRAS: ‘a self-graded take home exam that industry doesn’t even have to hand in’

New FDA rules clarifying the process by which ingredients are deemed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) have been welcomed by some stakeholders, but harshly criticized by others, who say any...

SunOpta Q2 results: Counting the cost of sunflower kernel recall

Ingredients supplier SunOpta has recorded a $16m half-year loss from a sunflower kernel recall that affected dozens of snacking products - but expects to claim most of this back through...

New NGS DNA testing methods will replace PCR, predicts Clear Labs

Are ‘GMO-free’ (as opposed to ‘non-GMO’) claims legally defensible?

As the Non-GMO Project states on its website, ‘GMO-free’ claims are “not legally or scientifically defensible due to limitations of testing methodology" coupled with cross-contamination risks. In future, however, that could...

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HorizonScan helps spot food safety risks before they affect consumers, Global ID exec says

Food safety incidents, including contamination of food-borne illnesses, mold and adulteration, increased double-digits in several major food categories in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year, according...

Betty Crocker and Krusteaz products hit by General Mills E.coli flour recall

General Mills’ recall of millions of pounds of flour linked with an E. coli outbreak has now impacted other retail products – including some of the firm’s own Betty Crocker...

Post Foods targeted in latest ‘100% natural’ lawsuit over glyphosate

If your product contains even trace levels of pesticide residue, and you are calling it '100% natural', are you at risk of a false advertising lawsuit? New complaints filed against...

OIG: FDA recall process could put consumers at risk

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has hit back at findings that it does not have an ‘efficient and effective food recall process’.

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