Small Entity Compliance Guide Issued

U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) to help food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

FDA Office of Partnerships' Stakeholder Newsletter

FDA Office of Partnerships’ Stakeholder Newsletter–  Office of Partnerships’ Webpage: Connecting You with the Resources You Need, Office of Partnerships Welcomes International Activities, New online training on information –sharing for state and local public health officials

Listeria Outbreaks Associated with Soft Cheeses

CDC publishes [ Listeria Outbreaks Associated with Soft Cheeses, United States|, 1998-2014 in EID June 2018.

CDC Recommendations and educational materials on Listeria prevention including queso fresco and other soft cheese for pregnant women and other high risk populations.

FDA Expands Data Dashboard to Include FSMA

A new section of the FDA Data Dashboard has been launched to help importers and manufacturers/processors meet supply-chain requirements under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by helping them more easily find compliance and enforcement information related to specific firms. Read more…

FDA FSMA Guidance for Industry

FDA FSMA Guidance for Industry: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; Extension and Clarification of Compliance Dates for Certain Provisions of Four Implementing Rules: What You Need to Know About the FDA Regulation: Small Entity Compliance Guide. Read more….

FDA Finalizes Guidance to Help Food Establishments Meet Menu Labeling Requirements

FDA finalized an existing draft guidance document to further assist restaurants and similar retail food establishments to implement the requirements of the menu labeling final rule.  Read more…

Food Safety and Emergencies: Preparedness Activities for School

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, EDT, ED’s OSHS and REMS TA Center hosted a Webinar on how K-12 schools and school districts can better prepare for food-related emergencies, as well as the role of food services in larger recovery efforts. View this webinar and download the presentation and resource list.

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What have we learned about food recalls in the United States?

The USDA Economic Research Service has published a report on food recall occurring between 2004-2013.  

Page, Elina T. Trends in Food Recalls: 2004-13, EIB-191, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April 2018

Read in Food Safety Magazine how states are building food emergency response capabilities! 

Corby, J et. al, 2018, “Responding to Harvey and Irma – Rapid Response Teams(RRT’s)Take Action”, Food Safety Magazine,  Apr-May 2018, p.40

Kaplan, A., 2018, “Regulatory Report: PA Department of Agriculture’s Rapid Response Team - A Collaborative Response to Food Safety Emergencies”,Food Safety Magazine, Apr-May 2018, p. 20

GAO Report 18-272

GAO Report 18-272: USDA Should Take Further Action to Reduce Pathogens in Meat and Poultry Products.  Read more….