2009 a mixed year for food-borne pathogens – USATODAY.com

Some frequently asked questions about E. coli: Q: What is Escherichia coli, or E. coli?A: E. coli are common, normally benign intestinal bacteria found in humans and animals, but the O157:H7 strain produces a powerful toxin that can cause bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and in some cases death. The O157 bacteria is virulent and tough […]

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TH – Opinion Article: Senate must address food safety laws

If millions of Americans getting sick from unsafe foods isn’t motivation enough for the Senate to pass food safety legislation, maybe money would be a stronger incentive. A study released in March estimated the economic impact of food-borne illness. The results were more dizzying than some of the stomach bugs unsafe food causes. Conducted by […]

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Senate vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act Planned Next Week

S.510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Vote planned for the week of April 12 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to expand the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to regulate food, including by authorizing the Secretary to suspend the […]

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ISO 22000: A how to guide – Step 6

Step 6: Have your registration audit When the day of your Registration Audit has arrived, it is time to showcase your Food Safety Management System. The Auditor or Auditors are coming in to see how you have addressed the requirements of 22000, and how you have designed your FSMS. The Registrar that you choose will audit […]

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Meat processors worried over proposed safety rules

From The DesMoines Register: Washington, D.C. — Federal regulators are proposing new meat testing requirements that small processors say would impose staggering new costs and force businesses to drop products or go out of business.The U.S. Agriculture Department says the new rules are needed to ensure that meat lockers are keeping dangerous bacteria out of […]

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HACCP and ISO 22000: Application to Foods of Animal Origin

HACCP and ISO 22000: Application to Foods of Animal Origin Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis ISBN: 978-1-4051-5366-9 Hardcover 560 pages March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell This book presents and compares the HACCP and ISO 22000:2005 food safety management systems. These systems were introduced to improve and build upon existing systems in an attempt to address the kinds of failures […]

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Major food chains and retailers require Registration

Food companies are being asked by many major food processors and retailers to achieve certification to a GFSI recognized standard. If you want to do business with companies such as these you may want to start preparing for certification. Our readers tell us they have been requested to achieve certification from: Walmart Target Krogers Costco Others Let […]

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