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GAO Says Additional Actions Needed to Help FDA's Foreign Offices Ensure Safety of Imported Food

A new report, released Friday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to do more to ensure that its foreign offices are keeping food imported to the U.S. safe. More

Obama Proposes Single Head of Food Safety

The Obama administration wants a single new agency that would be housed within the Department of Health and Human Services to “provide focused, centralized leadership, a primary voice on food safety standards and compliance with those standards,” the administration said in its new budget request. More

Researcher Discovers New Salmonella Serotype

Texas Tech University reports that Salmonella Lubbock will provide new avenues for research into the bacteria’s prevention. More

Ecolab Releases 2014 Q4 Results

By Brad Harbison

The company said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 17%. Ecolab CEO Doug Baker said the company’s U.S. pest business “has been steadily improving” due to a number of investments in that business starting two years ago. More

FDA Sends Warning Letter to Bakeshop Over Pest Concerns

Dutchman’s Bakeshop, Waynesboro, Va., was sent a warning letter (dated Feb. 3, 2015) from the FDA over failures to “take effective measures to exclude pests from processing areas and to protect against the contamination of food on the premises by pests.” More

 

Sani Professional Food Safety Advisory Council Announces Winners of The First Sani Awards

The awards recognize and promote food safety best practices. More

Marshfield Food Safety Granted Chemistry Accreditation

On Jan. 5, Marshfield Food Safety received accreditation for Chemical Testing according to International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 through American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). More

FDA, Federal Partners Develop Improved Method for Attributing Foodborne Illness

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have developed an improved method for analyzing outbreak data to determine which foods are responsible for illness related to four major foodborne bacteria. More

NSF Training and Education Announces Food Safety Courses for Packaging

The organization announces dates and locations for HACCP for Manufacturing Food Packaging Materials and BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials. More

New Look for XLure RTU Trap

The Ready To Use Multi-Species Beetle Floor Trap's body was modified with a tab on the top allowing the trap to be secured into place with a tether system. More

Q Laboratories Hires Michael Baim

Baim joins the company as chemistry laboratory supervisor, where he will be responsible for the everyday operations of the Pharmaceutical and Food Chemistry labs. More

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