September 30, 2017

Recent Food Safety Stories – Smoked Salmon, Resistant Listeria, HHS Scores FDA on FSMA

  • Food Safety

By InstantLabs

Food Safety Topics we found this week that may be relevant to you.

Multiple violations put Colorado smoked salmon processor on notice.

The FDA published a report regarding the salmon processor’s multiple violations of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control point (HAACP) regulation. Infractions noted included a lack of hazard analysis, failure to follow monitoring procedure, and submitting a plan which does not include pathogen control or proper allergen labelling.

“Under FDA regulations, all facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States are responsible for ensuring that their overall operation and the products they distribute are in compliance with the law.”

The company has 15 days to respond or legal action may be taken by the FDA.

Get details of the violations that could lead to legal action.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  issues 35 page report on FDA, recommends changes


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the HHS reviewed domestic food inspections and noted that the FDA is “on track for now” but must improve efficiency for the Food Safety Modernization Act. The OIG noted delays and inconsistencies and made four clear recommendations to improve including; better use of resources, improved timelines, and appropriate actions against facilities with significant violations.


“As for correcting violations, FDA said its goal is ‘to conduct timely follow-up inspections to ensure that significant violations are corrected.’ The food safety agency [is creating] a ‘multi-programmatic oversight group’ to make sure food makers correct violations.”


Read the full details in the OIG report

Genetic mechanisms give Listeria adaptability in stress situations

Researchers at the Institute of Milk Hygiene in Vienna studied pathogens in stress situations and the adaptations they develop, particularly in food processing environments. Hypervariable (easily changeable) regions have a genetic insert that helps them survive.


“Knowing the genetic mechanism allows you to think about new strategies for food safety,” Katherin Rychli, study director said.


Their research expanded on previous knowledge that bacteria with a similar stress adaptation developed a tolerance to bile, acidity, salt and gastric stresses. The new discoveries present new challenges for those in food safety roles.


Details of the research findings are at Food Quality News.


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