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SoyNut Butter Co. Bankrupt because of E. coli Outbreak

The SoyNut Butter Co. has filed for bankruptcy, citing an E. coli outbreak linked to its I.M. Healthy brand peanut butter substitute and manufacturer Dixie Dew Products as the causes for its financial failure. The Glenview, IL, soy butter company’s president and 90 percent shareholder Stephen Grubb listed some victims of the E. coli outbreak as creditors with “unknown” amounts ...

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IAFP’s 2017 Black Pearl Award Recipient: Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has selected Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Black Pearl Award. Sponsored by F&H Food Equipment Company, the Black Pearl Award will be presented at IAFP’s Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL in July. This honor is given annually to one company for its efforts in advancing food safety ...

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IAFP Announces 2017 Award Recipients

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) will present awards recognizing excellence in food safety to the following organizations and individuals at the 2017 IAFP Annual Meeting. The IAFP Fellow Award is awarded to professionals who have contributed to IAFP and its affiliates with distinction over an extended period of time. This year, five recipients will receive this honor:  Judy ...

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FSMA Tips Dominate 2017 Food Safety Summit

Last week, part of the Food Safety Magazine team attended the 19th Annual Food Safety Summit held in Rosemont, IL. Just as in years passed, this was the spot for food operators, distributors, processors, growers, retailers, academians and regulators to gather and share knowledge on food safety’s most pressing issues. The Summit opened with a memorable Keynote Presentation entitled Hot Topics ...

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Senate Confirms New FDA Lead Scott Gottlieb

This week, the U.S. Senate voted (57 to 42) to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick–Scott Gottlieb–as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new commissioner. The 44 year old physician has strong ties with the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. However, his association with FDA dates back to the George W. Bush administration when he served as deputy commissioner for medical ...

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Food Safety Matters: A Podcast for Food Safety Professionals

Food Safety Matters is a podcast for food safety professionals hosted by the Food Safety Magazine editorial team – the leading media brand in food safety for over 20 years.  Each episode will feature a conversation with a food safety professional sharing their experiences and insights of the important job of safeguarding the world’s food supply. Episode 1 is quite ...

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MSU Joins CODEX for New Food Fraud Undertaking

On Friday, Codex Alimentarius (CODEX, the world food code) initiated a major food fraud commitment by proposing an Electronic Working Group (EWG) to review other CODEX texts and to create a definition and scope for a number of related terms–food fraud, food integrity, and food authenticity. The recommendations of CODEX Committee on Food Import and Export Certification and Inspection will ...

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$25M Loss After Dole Salad Listeria Outbreak

A recall of bagged salads produced at a single Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. facility in Springfield, IL has reportedly cost the company a whopping $25 million. The recalled salads were also sold under a number of store brand labels–Aldi, Kroger, Meijer and Walmart. In January 2016, a Listeria outbreak and subsequent recall prompted the Dole facility to temporarily suspend operations for ...

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FDA to Spend $3M Educating Consumers on Safety of GMOs

This week, a federal budget agreement passed that prevented a government shutdown. Part of that agreement has allocated $3 million to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new campaign–in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture–to educate consumers about foods produced with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Consumers will be informed about the “environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic ...

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Food Companies to Display Calorie Counts Despite FDA Delay

Earlier this week, it was announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would extend the compliance date for menu labeling requirements. Now–despite the one-year extension–foodservice operators are moving forward with their efforts despite compliance not being required until May 7, 2018. The menu labeling law is part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. ...

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