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FDA still under fire for peanut butter crisis

The FDA should produce food plant inspection recordsA key member of the US Senate is losing patience with FDA over food safety issues. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the
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New FDA Recall tool now online

Updated tool released by FDA provides the latest recall informationTo make it easier to keep up with the peanut product recall, FDA provides this special tool to make it easier
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<i>Salmonella</i> recall tsunami involves more than 70 processors

The contamination was traced back to a Georgia plantAs part of its ongoing investigation of peanut butter paste supplier Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), FDA advised Kellogg Company that Salmonella
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FDA stops dairies from adulterating animal drugs and food

FDA has announced that the District Court for District of New Mexico has enjoined Do-Rene and Clover Knolls Dairies and their owners from adulterating new animal drugs and introducing adulterated
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Listeria test results the next day

Two new PCR assays from DuPont Qualicon have received AFNOR certification as alternative methods for detecting Listeria and Listeria monocytogenes. These assays, developed in collaboration with Oxoid, Ltd., use optimized enrichment
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Summer's <i>Salmonella</i> summons scrutiny

Weaknesses in food safety policy, organization and communications were all displayed during summer’s outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, according to a report released by the Produce Safety Project (PSP), an initiative
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Asia Pacific group launches food safety training

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) applauded the leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum for launching the APEC Partnership Training Institute Network for food safety (PTIN). The APEC
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Free food safety kit for food industry employees

FDA, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Agriculture, launched its food defense awareness training kit for first line food industry employees. The training targets these individuals because they play an important role in helping to keep our nation’s food supply safe from the farm to the table.
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Avoid sludge, but how?

Sewage sludge can contain disease-causing microbes, synthetic chemicals and heavy metals that can cause acute and chronic disease. Many of these contaminants can persist in soil for centuries and can enter the food system through crops grown on sludge-treated land, as well as animals that graze on contaminated land.
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Listeria still crawling around

While the major Listeria outbreak in Canada has subsided, two unrelated recalls still show the possibility of Listeria contamination in foods north and south of the Canadian border.
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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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