Each week, we’re scouring the headlines for the stories and trends changing the food safety landscape.
In this week’s round-up: FDA gives businesses preparing for FSDA regulations a leg up with new software; Better industry-wide protocols could prevent outbreak; and former FDA commissioner reflects on past, looks to the future.
Free software from the FDA offers help preparing for new FSDA rules
This week, the FDA launched The Food Safety Plan Builder – software to help identify and address plant safety hazards. The program walks users step-by-step through a series of questions. It uses the answers to create a customized food safety plan. The FDA hopes the software will give small companies struggling to understand the requirements the boost they need to comply by the deadline.
“In many cases, these illnesses can be avoided by preventing contaminants from reaching food, and by stopping contaminated food from reaching consumers – exactly what these food safety plans aim to do.”
Continued Salmonella outbreaks prompts call for industry-wide response
“Fresh produce is the leading category of commodities involved in foodborne illness outbreaks,” but why are they so common? Food Safety News looks at potential causes for the recent salmonella outbreak caused by contaminated papaya. The FDA and CDC investigation into the recent outbreak is ongoing, but an industry-wide response may be necessary to curb future outbreaks.
Food Safety News looks at likely contamination causes and successful efforts to stop them.
Michael Taylor, former FDA Commissioner, reflects on food safety 25 years since Jack-in-the-Box tragedy
It’s hard to remember a time when protecting against e.coli infection was the responsibility of the consumer. Former FDA Commissioner Michael Taylor remembers the pivotal moment that changed food safety history – when a 1993 e.coli outbreak infected 600 adults and killed 4 children.
“We were in a place where USDA programs said it was not responsible for pathogens in raw meat and that consumers are supposed to cook the product…you had the loss of public confidence and a terrible situation in which consumers were pointing at industry, and industry was pointing at consumers…”
Taylor talks modern technology and food safety culture changes in the years since – and shares ideas on the future of the global food chain in this Food Safety Tech interview.
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