SCORE One for the FDA: Strategic Recall Efforts Paying Off

Editor’s note: This column was originally published by the Food and Drug Administration as a Voice Blog. We have made dramatic changes in our response to complex, potentially high-risk food safety situations that may be difficult to address quickly. Almost a year ago, we heard concerns that FDA was not doing enough to ensure that

Ground Beef Rule Brings New Recordkeeping Responsibilities to Retailers

In another step towards maintaining transparency and ensuring traceability in the food industry, the USDA’s ground meat recordkeeping rule will now require that retail establishments which grind raw beef products must adhere to a set of strict recordkeeping standards. The rule originally went into effect on June 20, 2016, with an enforcement date of October 1.

FDA Issues the Most Recalls in Q4 2016 Since 2010

The fourth quarter of 2016 saw the greatest number of FDA food and beverage recalls in six years, according to the most recent publication of Stericycle Expertsolution’s quarterly Recall Index. The 246 food recalls that took place in Q4 represent the highest figure since Q1 in 2010. Interestingly, while the number of Q4 food recalls

Publication of Food Defense Rule Completes Finalization of FSMA Components

With the May 27th publication of the Rule for Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (commonly referred to as the “Food Defense Rule”), all rules that comprise the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been finalized, completing a process of submission, review, and publication that began last September. At this point, processors, manufacturers,

Federal Grants Allow Local Food Businesses to Achieve FSMA Compliance

As more and more consumers embrace the “eat local” movement, the number of small, regional farmers and other food suppliers has grown exponentially in recent years. And while these businesses may be smaller in scale, the requirement that they process and handle their food according to the highest safety standards is no less important than

Ag Summit Includes FSMA Questions and Answers

Held in Skagit County in Washington state, the Skagit Ag Summit allows farmers, businesses, and thought leaders from the agricultural industry to meet, discuss, and propose solutions to the most pressing issues that exist in farming and agriculture today. With the Food Safety Modernization Act having just gone into effect less than a year ago,

What are the Major Food Regulatory Milestones of 2016?

In a recent article, Food Safety News presented a timeline of the critical food regulatory activities that are scheduled to occur during the coming year. A few highlights: As always, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) takes center stage, with the last two components (the Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration rules) due for finalization in

FDA Finalizes Three More FSMA Rules

Following the approval of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) first two rules in September, the FDA has taken another step towards its goal of food safety with the finalization of three more rules. Submitted to the Federal Register for review on November 2, the FSMA rules were approved and released in a pre-publication format

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