FDA and FSIS collaborate to improve tracing of unsafe food products
The meeting is also intended to improve the ability of FDA and FSIS to use the information in such systems to respond to outbreaks more quickly by rapidly identifying the source of contamination during outbreaks of foodborne illness, and improving the ability of all persons in the supply chain to more quickly identify food that is contaminated and remove it from the market during traceforward operations.
“This public meeting provides an opportunity for FDA to collaborate more closely with FSIS as well as with members of the food industry, many of whom have been making important innovations in food safety practices and technology, and all of whom bear primary responsibility for producing and marketing safe food,” said Michael R. Taylor, senior advisor to FDA’s Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD.
“The Food Safety and Inspection Service is eager to work with FDA, public health officials, consumer advocates, and the food industry to improve our ability to trace products that may cause illness outbreaks,” said Jerold R. Mande, USDA’s deputy undersecretary for food safety. “The public can provide valuable input to strengthen our prevention, surveillance and response and recovery efforts, as outlined by the Administration’s Food Safety Working Group.
The meeting will be held December 9 and 10 in
Recession takes its toll in UK
Following the closure of Dairy Farmers of Britain coop, Robert Wiseman Dairies and Milk Link are in the process of restructuring their businesses. Due to increased business, Robert Wiseman is relocating distribution to a new $24.5 million facility in Almesbury, Wiltshire. Milk Link will absorb its Llandyrynog pre-packaging operations into a dedicated packaging facility at Oswestry.
Supermarkets, farmers and producers have seen the recession lead to plunging customer demand for organic produce. Despite claiming to support the recovery of the organic segments, supermarkets such as Tesco plc and ASDA Group (owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.) have reduced the range of organic products on their shelves by one-third, says the report.
With a lower level of sales reported in the summer, large players in the chilled ready-meats sector are expecting a recovery. Northern Foods is planning to invest in factories that support expansion and increased automation.
The UK market for frozen foods is currently $17.8 billion, but as consumers switch from chilled to frozen foods in an attempt to save money, opportunities in the market are expected to increase during the next five years, says the report. The British Frozen Food Federation stated that potato products, vegetables, meat and poultry have all grown by more than 20% in the past three years.
According to the report, the combination of Kraft Foods and Cadbury plc, if successful, would create a global powerhouse in food and confectionery. Kraft Foods has announced the terms of an offer for Cadbury where Kraft Foods will offer to acquire the whole of the issued and to-be-issued share capital of Cadbury. Cadbury shareholders will be entitled to receive for each Cadbury share, 300 pence in cash and 0.2589 new Kraft Food shares. Cadbury shareholders will also receive for each Cadbury ADS, 1,200 pence and 1.0356 new Kraft Foods shares. Based on the closing price of $26.78 per Kraft Foods share on Nov. 6, 2009, the offer values each Cadbury share at 717 pence and values the entire share capital of Cadbury at approximately GBP 9.8 billion (based on an exchange rate of 1.6609 USD/GBP).For more information on the report, Trends in the
State of state health departments could be better
The survey was commissioned by the Produce Safety Project (PSP), an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts at
Despite the increase in the number of multi-state outbreaks of illnesses linked to fresh produce over the past several years, the data show that only 25 of the 39 states asked victims about specific produce items-even if the item was associated with a past outbreak.
Nearly 60% (23 out of 39) of the responding states indicate that they are unable to link electronically their investigative data for analysis. An improved food safety system would include data from multiple sources in a single system that investigators can analyze quickly and efficiently, says the report.For a copy of the executive summary or the report, Survey of State Health Departments Underscores Gaps in Foodborne Illness Response, visit PSP’s Web site.
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