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Insight into FDA’s Fresh-Cut Produce Draft Guidance: What is a Farm, Farm Mixed-type Facility, or Receiving Facility?

As Romaine lettuce is planted in Arizona, the FDA has overwhelmed the produce industry with draft guidance documents.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…

Foreign Supplier Verification

We continue to do blogs on the importance of food safety and the regulatory environment that we, as a food-manufacturing ecosystem, find ourselves. Products come into the United States from all over the world and from many different cultures…

FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule

Looming on the FDA horizon is the enforcement of the last of seven foundational rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Intentional adulteration, commonly called food defense, is the deliberate addition to an ingredient or food of…
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Don’t Fear the New FDA Sanitary Transport Rule

By Dave Seddon, MBA RD LD (PEAKCORE, a ConnectFood Partner) For many, change can be daunting. This includes the new FDA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule. With increasing regulations, such as with the implementation…
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The Complexities of FSMA

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January of 2011, was created with the intent to regulate the way foods are grown, harvested, and processed. This rule allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to step…

5 Ways Food Safety is like Football

NOTE: The author is proud to be a cheesehead from Wisconsin. She is passionate about food safety... and football. Pre-season football has begun, and the tourists have descended upon my hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Each year there is…