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UPDATE: FDA Helps Small Businesses Determine Their Size: Will My Facility Be Inspected?

FDA Publishes a Final Guidance Document That headline is part of the big news here. We are living in the world of draft FDA guidance documents for food safety that are the FDA’s current thinking on a topic. I applaud the FDA for releasing…

Are Food Laboratories Required to be Certified?

If you have heard of ISO 17025, you either work in a food testing laboratory or send samples to a food testing laboratory. Clients in the food industry have asked me, is ISO 17025 a requirement? There is no simple answer. For example, state…
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FDA Responds to Failures in Recall Process

Caliente! Hot Topic! Have you heard? FDA is going to initiate recalls and announce recalls to consumers. Technically, the FDA initiating a recall is not new, because FDA gained the authority to initiate a recall in 2011 with the signing of…
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Romaine Recall - Round 2

CNN Lets ‘Food Babe’ Spout Pseudoscience on Lettuce Outbreak There’s another wonderful headline. Everyone has something to say about Romaine lettuce and pathogenic E. coli. Everyone I know anyway. I do not spout pseudoscience, but I have…
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FDA Will Initiate A Recall if a Company Does Not

"FDA Seizes Food and Medical Products Held Under Insanitary Conditions at an Arkansas Grocery Warehouse." This FDA News Release grabbed my attention. I have known since my first year of Food Science courses that FDA has the authority to seize…
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Fresh-Cut Produce: Part II

As a high school teacher in Chicago, in a past career, I was on a school bus headed south to the university campus of Champaign-Urbana, riding through the flat cornfields of Illinois. One of my students pointed out the window and asked, “Dr.…

Insight into FDA’s Fresh-Cut Produce Draft Guidance: What is a Farm, Farm Mixed-type Facility, or Receiving Facility?

As Romaine lettuce is planted in Arizona, the FDA has overwhelmed the produce industry with draft guidance documents. When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed in 2011, the importance of growing, harvesting and processing of fruits…