News & Perspective

Dec 11, 2007

Dec 11, 2007

US, China report pact to make food imports safer

(CIDRAP News) – Under a food safety agreement announced today by US officials, the Chinese government pledges to register exporters of food to the United States, inspect shipments before they leave China, and set up a system to trace food products through the production system.

Nov 08, 2007

Nov 08, 2007

USDA vows to double inspections of Canadian meat

(CIDRAP News) – Starting tomorrow, US inspection and testing of imported Canadian meat and poultry products will roughly double and will include a category of beef products that has not previously been subject to testing, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today.

Nov 07, 2007

Nov 07, 2007

FDA food safety plan taps others for inspection help

(CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released yesterday as part of a comprehensive import safety plan, places a heavy emphasis on preventing food contamination by enlisting other groups to help the agency focus inspection efforts on high-risk food products.

Jul 23, 2007

Jul 23, 2007

Company widely expands botulism recall

(CIDRAP News) – The company that recalled its chili sauce last week after four people got sick with suspected botulism poisoning dramatically expanded the recall over the weekend to include products that contain meat, including one dog food brand.

Jul 13, 2007

Jul 13, 2007

Canada widens BSE-related feed ban; US still pondering

(CIDRAP News) – Canada broadened its safeguards against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, yesterday by banning the use of cattle brains, spinal cords, and certain other body parts from all animal feeds, pet foods, and fertilizer.

Jun 26, 2007

Jun 26, 2007

FDA releases software to help industry protect food supply

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a new software tool to make it easier and quicker for food industry facilities to assess their risk of attacks involving biological, chemical, or radiological weapons.

May 01, 2007

May 01, 2007

New FDA job to focus on food safety strategy

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the creation of a new assistant commissioner position to provide guidance on food safety and defense strategies.

Mar 14, 2007

Mar 14, 2007

FDA unveils pandemic preparedness plan

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a pandemic influenza preparedness plan that defines the agency's current role in federal pandemic planning, such as expediting the review of new vaccines and antivirals, and spells out work it will do in areas such as food safety and targeting counterfeit drugs.

Mar 07, 2007

Mar 07, 2007

USDA plans risk-based meat inspection system

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recently proposed a timetable to begin implementing a new meat and poultry inspection system designed to reduce foodborne illnesses by focusing more attention on high-risk facilities and those with poor safety records.

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