A researcher tests reusable grocery bags for E. coli and other forms of bacterial contamination

50% of Reusable shopping bags carry E-Coli

Reusable grocery bags can serve as a breeding ground for dangerous food-borne bacteria and pose a serious risk to public health, according to a joint food safety research report issued today by researchers at the University of Arizona (Tucson) and Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, California).

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FS22000- The new way to say FSSC 22000

Realizing that FSSC 22000 is a cumbersome way to refer to the Food Safety System Certification 22000, the board of stakeholders has determine to use the abbreviation FS22000. The official name will not change, and the website is still www.fssc22000.com but we can all refer to it by the short and easy to say name […]

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Small Producer Amendments Proposed to Food Safety Bill

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) says she plans to cosponsor two amendments being circulated by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that would protect small producers from provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S 510. The bill, which passed the Senate Health Labor and Pensions Committee in November, is awaiting a vote by the full Senate. […]

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Editorial: Food safety bill merits swift passage

Each year, 325,000 Americans are hospitalized with foodborne illnesses, and 5,000 people die. And yet for decades, the main agencies charged with the nation’s food safety — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture — have been under resourced and hampered by archaic laws too often put in place back […]

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Volcanic ash could pose a threat to food safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is investigating potential food safety risks emerging from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Food headlines related to the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland have so far focused on the air transport chaos and its impact on imports and business travel. But with smoke still billowing from the volcano, the European […]

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ISO 22000 Food Safety Team

ISO 22000 FOOD SAFETY TEAM The Food Safety Team will need to work on identifying what regulations apply to your organization. Use the expertise of the members of the food safety team as well as any experts, organizations and publications in your industry. The codex web-page is another good resource.

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Update: Food Safety Bill Delayed in the Senate

It had sounded like the food safety bill s510 would be debated in the senate this week, but financial reform has pushed that time frame back.  Food Safety News reports that Chairman Harkin is confident that the bill will pass the Senate before they adjourn for the Memorial Day recess.

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