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Ensuring your leftovers last into the New Year 01/02/2024

As the New Year’s Eve celebrations end, many households find themselves with a surplus of leftovers. Health experts emphasize the need to exercise caution in leftover care to prevent the risk of foodborne illnesses.

One common practice during New Year’s celebrations is the creation of elaborate buffets, where an array of dishes is left out for an extended period. Unfortunately, this open invitation to flavors also extends to uninvited guests — bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that thrive in less-than-ideal food storage conditions.

To ensure that the joy of the season doesn’t give way to foodborne concerns, adhering to some essential food safety tips is paramount.

Ensuring your leftovers last into the New Year As the New Year's Eve celebrations end, many households find themselves with a surplus of leftovers. Health experts emphasize the need to exercise caution

A new window opens for the emerging lab-meat industry 12/07/2023

Joint regulation of cell-cultured meat by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has not brought transparency to the novel food.

To help fill that transparency gap, the Center for the Environment and Welfare (CEW) has announced the launch of LabMeat.com, a new website to educate the public about the technology behind lab-grown meat, which is also known as cell-cultured meat.



https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2023/12/a-new-window-opens-for-the-emerging-lab-meat-industry/

A new window opens for the emerging lab-meat industry Joint regulation of cell-cultured meat by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has not brought

WHO and World Bank plan update to foodborne illness cost estimates 12/07/2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for experts to contribute to work on the economic impact of foodborne diseases.

WHO is in the process of updating global estimates on the public health burden of foodborne infections. This will look at patients, deaths, and disability-adjusted life year (DALY) loss from foodborne disease globally, regionally, and nationally.

WHO and World Bank plan update to foodborne illness cost estimates The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for experts to contribute to work on the economic impact of foodborne diseases.  WHO is in the process

FDA's third wave of food traceability tips 12/04/2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 30 rolled out new tools and FAQs that will continue to inform stakeholders about the Food Traceability Rule and help covered entities come into compliance. The compliance date for all companies and people subject to the Food Traceability Rule isn’t until Jan. 20, 2026.

FDA's third wave of food traceability tips The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 30 rolled out new tools and FAQs that will continue to inform stakeholders about the Food Traceability

Making the Thanksgiving feast last: Taking care of leftovers 11/23/2023

Once we have all had our Thanksgiving feast, avoiding waste and potential foodborne illnesses becomes our most important task. A careful approach to storing and reheating Thanksgiving leftovers can extend the joy of the holiday season without compromising health.

Here are some helpful tips 👇 👇 🦃 🦃 👇 👇

Making the Thanksgiving feast last: Taking care of leftovers Once we have all had our Thanksgiving feast, avoiding waste and potential foodborne illnesses becomes our most important task. A careful approach to

11/23/2023

We at CICS America would like to take this opportunity to wish that this season is filled with lots of joy and prosperity.

USDA urges consumers to keep risky habits out of the kitchen this Thanksgiving 11/21/2023

As the nation prepares for its most celebrated food holiday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging consumers to prioritize food safety during Thanksgiving preparations. The focus is on avoiding practices that could expose families to harmful bacteria in their holiday feast.

* Unsafe handling and undercooking your turkey can cause foodborne illness

* To ensure your Thanksgiving meal is wholesome and memorable without the illness, follow the four steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill, and avoid risky food handling habits that go against USDA guidelines.

USDA urges consumers to keep risky habits out of the kitchen this Thanksgiving As the nation prepares for its most celebrated food holiday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging consumers to prioritize food safety during

FSA research reveals the scale of risky food safety behaviors 11/14/2023

A project commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed multiple examples of risky food safety practices in kitchens.

Having insights into these behaviors and the factors that influence them will inform policy decision-making, guidance, and risk assessment work, said FSA.

Kitchen Life 2 used cameras to see food safety behaviors in 70 households and 31 food business operator kitchens in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It also collected data using surveys, interviews, and refrigerator and freezer thermometers.

FSA research reveals the scale of risky food safety behaviors A project commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed multiple examples of risky food safety practices in kitchens. Having insights into

With FDA action, brominated vegetable oil faces nationwide ban, not just in California 11/06/2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to revoke the regulation authorizing the use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food. The action comes after BVO landed on a list of ingredients recently banned by California. The FDA concluded that the intended use of BVO in food is no longer considered safe after the results of studies conducted in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found the potential for adverse health effects in humans.

With FDA action, brominated vegetable oil faces nationwide ban, not just in California The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to revoke the regulation authorizing the use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food. The action comes

10/12/2023

Working outdoors for long periods of time in all kinds of weather, ignoring the scorching heat or blustery rain, and the bending over necessary to harvest is a respected profession.
Let us take inspiration from all the farmers out there who put their sweat and soul into their land and crops.
Happy National Farmers' Day!

10/12/2023

Going through posts this morning, I came across this Meme that will surely end up going viral in our Food Industry niche. Originally, Jill Hoffman wrote an interesting article regarding this image where she shares her reality (which is undoubtedly that of many) where the Quality Department strives to be better at ensuring that their products are safe for consumption, building a culture of safety, etc. but sometimes it seems that they are the only ones...
In short, "food safety and quality professionals can't do it alone, even if it sometimes seems that way."

If this resonates with you, it's worth a read: https://lnkd.in/gJh63Dv7

FDA steps up import enforcement on products including seafood and juice 10/12/2023

The Food and Drug Administration is continuing its use of import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed in the post below.

FDA steps up import enforcement on products including seafood and juice The Food and Drug Administration is continuing its use of import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The

The debate has not ended law over 'Skittle Law' after California governor signs ban 10/11/2023

It’s being called the “Skittle Law” by some in California, which is still controversial and outlaws red dye 3. It was originally to ban five dangerous substances from food, but titanium dioxide was ultimately allowed.

Maybe the power of the chewing gum lobby saved titanium dioxide. It is a food additive for whitening or opacity used in gum.

The new law makes, however, California the first U.S. state to ban food products containing the dangerous additives brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, and red dye 3 beginning on Jan. 1, 2027.

The debate has not ended law over 'Skittle Law' after California governor signs ban It’s being called the “Skittle Law” by some in California, which is still controversial and outlaws red dye 3. It was originally to ban five dangerous

What about hybrid meat? Food safety questions arise 09/19/2023

All meat? Or no meat? Or what about something in between? That would be “hybrid meat.” What in the world is that? In this case, it would be made by mixing cultivated meat, often called cultured or lab meat, with plant-based meat. Cultivated meat is meat grown in giant stainless steel bioreactors with animal cells taken from a live animal such as a cow, pig, or chicken using a biopsy to do that.

What about hybrid meat? Food safety questions arise All meat? Or no meat? Or what about something in between? That would be “hybrid meat.”  What in the world is that? In this case, it would be made by

Legislation would give the FDA, and CDC power to collect samples from animal farms during outbreaks 09/14/2023

A senator and representative have introduced legislation that would give the FDA and CDC authority to enter and collect samples at feedlots during foodborne illness outbreaks.

Federal agencies currently can only collect samples from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) if the operators voluntarily give them access. This has impeded investigations into foodborne illness outbreaks, especially those associated with leafy greens grown next to CAFOs.

Legislation would give the FDA, and CDC power to collect samples from animal farms during outbreaks A senator and representative have introduced legislation that would give the FDA and CDC authority to enter and collect samples at feedlots during

UN agency urges corruption focus in the food sector 09/12/2023

The risk of corruption exists at every stage of the food supply chain, according to an analysis by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The UNODC publication highlights some of the main potential risks along the supply chain and discusses how they could be mitigated.

UN agency urges corruption focus in the food sector The risk of corruption exists at every stage of the food supply chain, according to an analysis by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

New food safety laws take effect in Texas 09/06/2023

The 88th Texas Legislature passed two bills impacting food establishments with Sept. 1 implementation dates. The new laws benefit the 55,000 food service establishments in the Lone Star State that employ more than 1.4 million Texans, plus the communities they serve. The Texas Restaurant Association said the more streamlined regulations offer cost savings and new opportunities to enhance the customer experience.

New food safety laws take effect in Texas The 88th Texas Legislature passed two bills impacting food establishments with Sept. 1 implementation dates. The new laws benefit the 55,000 food

FDA and STOP Foodborne Illness host eighth webinar on food safety culture 09/05/2023

The Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with STOP Foodborne Illness, a non-profit public health organization, is set to host the eighth installment of its webinar series on food safety culture.

Scheduled for Sept. 13, 2023, from noon to 1 p.m. EDT

FDA and STOP Foodborne Illness host eighth webinar on food safety culture The Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with STOP Foodborne Illness, a non-profit public health organization, is set to host the eighth

Food safety tips for a safe Labor Day weekend 09/04/2023

As Americans gear up to celebrate Labor Day with outdoor gatherings, barbecues, and picnics, everyone should prioritize food safety to avoid the risk of foodborne illnesses. Labor Day is an ideal time for friends and families to come together, but improper food handling can quickly turn festivities into a health hazard.

Food safety tips for a safe Labor Day weekend As Americans gear up to celebrate Labor Day with outdoor gatherings, barbecues, and picnics, everyone should prioritize food safety to avoid the risk of

Food Safety Tips for Hurricane and Flooding Safety 08/31/2023

While West Virginia suffers from devastating flooding, Florida braces for Hurricane Idalia and its aftermath; in emergencies like this, it’s crucial to remember vital food safety practices to keep a bad situation from worsening. Hurricane Idalia looms over Florida. As Hurricane Idalia intensified off the Gulf Coast of Florida, residents were on high alert.

Food Safety Tips for Hurricane and Flooding Safety While West Virginia is suffering from devastating flooding, Florida, Georgia, and the southeast coast are dealing with Hurricane Idalia and its aftermath.

Stop Foodborne Illness challenges public to take 3,000 steps for food safety 08/29/2023

STOP was formed (originally as Safe Tables Our Priority) to raise awareness and change the status quo in food safety inspection policies that were not in sync with current science. Consumers were not protected from emerging pathogens and were paying the ultimate price with their lives; four of them were children.

Stop Foodborne Illness challenges public to take 3,000 steps for food safety -- OPINION -- By Mitzi D. Baum, M.Sc., CEO for Stop Foodborne Illness Stop Foodborne Illness (STOP) was born in 1994, the same year in which September was

Back-to-school food safety tips: Ensuring healthy and safe lunches for students 08/21/2023

As the school year kicks off with a whirlwind of emotions and activities, the race to balance new routines and responsibilities often leads to moments of absentmindedness. Amidst the chaos, it’s easy to overlook a critical aspect: ensuring the safety of the meals your children carry to school. Neglecting food safety measures can have serious...

Back-to-school food safety tips: Ensuring healthy and safe lunches for students As the school year kicks off with a whirlwind of emotions and activities, the race to balance new routines and responsibilities often leads to moments of

Publisher's Platform: A few heroes of 'Poisoned' – Darin Detwiler 08/04/2023

When you are sitting comfortably at home feeding your kids or going out to dinner, remember that there are a lot of people that have your back.

Publisher's Platform: A few heroes of 'Poisoned' – Darin Detwiler -- OPINION -- When you are sitting comfortable at home feeding your kids or going out to dinner, remember that there are a lot of people that have your

Center for Science in the Public Interest says Netflix documentary 'Poisoned' is worth watching 08/02/2023

Today, Netflix will release a powerful documentary, “Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food,” which shines a harsh light on the American food system, often touted as the “safest food in the world.” The truth is, our food is nowhere near as safe as it should be.

Center for Science in the Public Interest says Netflix documentary 'Poisoned' is worth watching -- OPINION -- By Sarah Sorscher, Director of Regulatory Affairs, CSPI  Today, Netflix will release a powerful documentary, “Poisoned: The Dirty

Food Safety News team reviews Netflix’s 'Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food' 07/31/2023

The documentary “Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food” makes its Netflix debut on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Based on the bestselling book “Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat,” the film delivers a shocking exposé that will resonate with consumers, the food industry, regulators, politicians and all those concerned about food safety.

Food Safety News team reviews Netflix’s 'Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food' The documentary "Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food" makes its Netflix debut on Wednesday, Aug. 2.  Based on the bestselling book

USDA's food safety precautions for preparing and packing a school lunch 07/25/2023

Parents and caregivers should take extra precautions when preparing and packing a school lunch. Flunking in food safety is not an option, especially when children are most vulnerable to foodborne illness. The USDA has some tips for parents and caregivers to help them make the food safety honor roll.

USDA's food safety precautions for preparing and packing a school lunch Parents and caregivers should take extra precautions when preparing and packing a school lunch. Flunking in food safety is not an option, especially when

Food product safety bill continues to advance in California Legislature 07/25/2023

The manufacturers that use red dye No. 3 and four other food additives may run out of time in California.

The State Senate Appropriations Committee takes up Assembly Bill (AB) 418 on Aug. 14, which bans five chemicals found in thousands of foods.

It would prohibit the sale in California of foods containing certain substances regardless of where they are made.

Food product safety bill continues to advance in California Legislature The manufacturers that use red dye No. 3 and four other food additives may run out of time in California. The State Senate Appropriations Committee takes

From Farm to Table: Empowering food safety with AI-driven software 07/24/2023

Food safety is a significant concern for both consumers and the food service industry. Ensuring that the food we consume is safe to eat is of utmost importance, and the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the food industry has been widely recognized as a promising solution to address this issue

From Farm to Table: Empowering food safety with AI-driven software -- OPINION -- Food safety is a significant concern for both consumers and the food service industry. Ensuring that the food we consume is safe to eat is

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07/19/2023

The SQF Institute is thrilled to announce the results of the FDA’s Voluntary Pilot Program to Evaluate the Alignment of Third-Party Food Safety Standards with FSMA Rules. Specifically, earlier this week, FDA announced that the SQF Food Safety Code: Food Manufacturing, Edition 9, plus the SQF Addendum, are in alignment with the Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule (PCHF), one of the key rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In comparing over 560 provisions of the PCHF rule, FDA determined that the program standards are aligned with applicable FDA regulations.

See the Addendum here!👉 👉https://www.sqfi.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/SQF-Addendum-for-the-Preventive-Controls-for-Human-Food.-May-2023.pdf

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