Three Ways Inspection Technology is Evolving

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From flying cars to sustainable energy sources, visions of tomorrow’s most life-enhancing technologies invariably revolve around more efficient ways to operate. Although some of these solutions lie in a more distant reality, manufacturing’s pioneers have shaped cutting-edge forms of product inspection technology that help processors make significant gains in food safety while enhancing efficiency. Recent… read more

U.S.D.A. Announces G.M.O. Labeling Standard

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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Dec. 20 announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, which requires food manufacturers, importers and certain retailers to label foods containing genetically modified or bioengineered ingredients. “The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard increases the transparency of our nation’s food system, establishing guidelines for regulated entities on when and how… read more

2018 Key Issues in the Foodservice Industry

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A look at the most read stories from SmartBrief’s Restaurant and ProChef newsletters over the past year reveals a few key themes. Stories about restaurant revamps — whether that meant a new look or even a new name — caught readers’ attention. In culinary news, many of the dishes that garnered headlines in 2018 fell into one… read more

McDonald’s Moves Toward Antibiotic Reduction in Beef

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McDonald’s Corp. has unveiled a new beef antibiotic policy that will apply to 85% of its global beef supply chain. The company developed this policy over the last year and a half while working with veterinarians, public health leaders and the beef producers responsible for the health of animals. “McDonald’s believes antibiotic resistance is a critical… read more

U.S.D.A. Researchers Downplay Validity of Antimicrobial Resistance

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Antibiotics don’t affect the levels of antimicrobial resistance in ground beef, according to a new study conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers that appeared in the Journal of Food Protection. Antimicrobial use in U.S. cattle production has “minimal to no impact on (antimicrobial resistance) AMR in the resident bacteria,” the study said. The World Health Organization and… read more

California Suppliers are likely the Source of Tainted Lettuce

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A nationwide advisory to stop eating romaine lettuce remains in effect this week as federal health and food safety officials scramble to find new suppliers amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 32 people and hospitalized 13 in 11 states. The outbreak, announced jointly Nov. 20 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… read more

U.S.D.A., F.D.A. to Jointly Oversee Cultured Meat Regulation

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The proposed joint regulatory framework will have F.D.A. oversee cell collection, cell banks and cell growth and differentiation. Production and labeling of food products derived from cultured cells of livestock and poultry will fall into U.S.D.A.’s jurisdiction. “This regulatory framework will leverage both the F.D.A.’s experience regulating cell-culture technology and living biosystems and the U.S.D.A.’s… read more

Health Officials Determine Cause of Ohio Chipotle Foodborne Illness

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Health officials in Ohio released their findings on Aug. 16 regarding the recent foodborne illness outbreak at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Powell, Ohio that sickened 647 people. The Delaware General Health District said that stool samples collected in July tested positive for the toxin that Clostridium perfringens forms in the gastrointestinal tract. The food samples did test… read more

Eggs Recalled Due to Salmonella Concern

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella enteritis infections linked to Gravel Ridge Farms cage-free large eggs. Cullman, Ala.-based Gravel Ridge issued a recall on Sept. 8 for packages of a dozen and 2.5 dozen eggs in cardboard containers with the UPC… read more

Salmonella Outbreaks Spark Public Health Concerns in Canada

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Public health officials in Canada have recorded hundreds of laboratory confirmed cases of Salmonella infections linked to raw chicken, including frozen raw breaded chicken products despite efforts at educating the public on safe handling practices. There have been 419 laboratory confirmed cases of Salmonella illnesses investigated as part of foodborne illness outbreaks across Canada, according to the Public Health… read more