food safety

Salmonella, listeria, E. coli testing by USDA goes to 3M

3M Food Safety has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) for pathogen detection instruments and kits. The award makes the 3M Molecular Detection System... more »

Why E. coli romaine lettuce outbreak mystifies scientists

The struggle to identify the origins of the E. coli outbreak, which has sickened people from Washington state to New Jersey, highlights the difficulty of tracking a pathogen through a complex food supply chain, said... more »

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce spreads to another state

The E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce is now in 26 states. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention... more »

Farm identified in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified one farm as a source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several people at a correctional facility in Alaska as part of a multi-state outbreak of E.... more »

Update regarding E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update regarding the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region. Here's a statement from the Produce... more »

Produce groups comment on E. coli breakout linked to lettuce

After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a connection between a multi-state E. coli outbreak and romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, leading industry groups issued a response. In a joint statement,... more »

PMA vice president hired by FDA for produce safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has hired James Gorny, Vice President of Food Safety and Technology at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) as the FDA's Senior Science Advisor for Produce Safety. Gorny will assume... more »

Framework code set for digitally sharing food safety audits

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Purdue University recently released open-source code for Trellis, a digital framework for exchanging food safety audits between growers, audit firms, trading partners and distributors. Trellis code was designed specifically for... more »

Organizations release joint statement on E. coli in lettuce

A group of produce industry associations today issued the following statement to update consumers on a recent e.coli outbreak being investigated in Canada and the U.S.: "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has... more »

Contaminants pose challenges for vegetable producers

Contaminants are a major concern for vegetable processors and packers. Consequently, quality control/food safety programs have been developed by vegetable companies to reduce the risk of tainted products. One major concern in processed vegetables is... more »

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