FSA: Tech is useful but cannot replace physical inspection

Remote food safety assessments are useful but cannot replace a physical inspection, according to the Food Standards Agency. Virtual food hygiene inspections are being used in the United Kingdom but local authorities cannot give a business a food hygiene rating based only on a digital overview. Michael Jackson, head of the FSA’s Regulatory Compliance Division,…

Brazil responds to Coronavirus positive chicken claims

A government agency, industry association and the affected company in Brazil have responded to Chinese claims that a chicken wing sample has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Health authorities in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, noted the detection of coronavirus nucleic acid on the surface of a frozen chicken wing sample from a batch…

Cyclospora cases from bagged salad mix continue on the upswing

The outbreak of parasitic infections linked to Fresh Express bagged salad mix has grown by 49 new laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora, upping the total to 690 people, up from 641. The latest report is current as of Aug. 12, 2020, and it updates the previous report of July 24, 2020. Laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections associated with this outbreak…

Letter from the Editor: Time to put the branding irons...

Opinion Later this week, the ranchers who belong to that group with the long name are holding their annual convention in Deadwood, SD. One major item on their agenda is to decide whether to continue to slow the use of RFID technology to keep track of livestock. R-CALF USA  represents U.S. cattle producers. Its long-form…

Part One: You may not fully understand OEE, but you care...

Editor’s note: This is part one of a four-part series on understanding and implementing overall equipment effectiveness strategy. This series is sponsored by SafetyChain Software. For many food manufactures, the concept of measuring overall equipment effectiveness, aka OEE, is a common strategy to track output efficiency. However, if not fully understood or analyzed properly, companies…

OSHA’s agreement with Meat Institute may be one toke over the...

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last month signed a two-year alliance to provide Meat Institute members, the public, and other stakeholders with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help employee protections.. But since it became public knowledge, some…

Organic soup recalled after consumer complaints, mistakes at Faribault Foods

Minnesota’s Faribault Foods Inc. has recalled 15,134 pounds of canned soup because of misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The product contains milk and soy, known allergens, as well as beef and pork, which are not declared on the product label. The cans labeled as chicken noodle soup…

Tiger Brands to sell processed meat division traced to deadly outbreak

Tiger Brands is to sell its processed meats division, which includes the business implicated in the Listeria outbreak in South Africa in 2017 and 2018. The transaction includes two separate deals — Molare Proprietary Ltd. will buy the abattoir business at Olifantsfontein and Silver Blade Abattoir Proprietary Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Country Bird Holdings,…

Should fed’s dietary guidelines recommend plant-based meats?

ANAlysis If you want to see a lot of people become unhinged, try floating this: why not include meat alternatives such as plant-based burgers to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended foods? Especially, since the recently released report from the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee extols the health benefits of eating a lot of vegetables…

EU Commission warns Romania and Czech Rep on food safety rules

The European Commission has warned Romania and Czech Republic about failing to follow food safety rules. Romania is in trouble for not telling the Commission about draft food hygiene legislation and its exclusion criteria for products of animal origin. Czech Republic has failed to comply with EU rules on official controls to ensure verification of compliance…

PHE axed with England to get new health agency

Public Health England has been scrapped with England to get a new public health authority. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced a new agency called the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) that is focused on controlling infectious disease, pandemics and health protection. PHE circulates laboratory data on pathogens, infections and communicable diseases of public…

Fruit and veg most non-compliant category in import checks

Imported fruit and vegetables remained the foodstuff with the most non-compliances in the latest round of testing by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). Food safety statistics from January to June showed that 396 of 3,177 consignments of fruits and vegetables failed. A total of 87.5 percent of consignments passed SFA’s standards while all other categories…