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US: Finalised US sanitary rule requires more scrutiny from food shippers

Journal of Commerce / Lara L. Sowinski: On April 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule establishing requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor vehicle and rail, and receivers engaged in the transportation of food, including animal food, to use sanitary transportation practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport. The final rule is part of the FDA’s larger effort to focus on…

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AU: Vegetable sector works to standardise food safety and quality assurance

ABC Rural / Sarina Locke: The horticulture sector is hoping to save $40 million by streamlining quality assurance on farms and in the supply chain. A trial of the more standardised process is happening at Coastal Hydroponics, which produces green leafy salad vegetables from its base on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

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AU: Top ten reasons why a cold chain fails

Silvia Estrada-Flores / LinkedIn: Cold chains are extremely important to safeguard any perishable product, be [it] perishable food or temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. Sadly, even though there are technologies and knowledge out there that could avoid loss of temperature control during storage and transport of goods, we continue to see spoilage and food safety issues that could have been avoided with better temperature control solutions.

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CH: An Overview of the New Food Safety Law

Food Safety Magazine: On April 24, 2015, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress revised the 2009 Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China (Food Safety Law). The revised law came into effect on October 1, 2015.
The revisions to the Food Safety Law are wide-ranging, imposing stricter controls and supervision on food production and management.

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AU-NZ: Food Standards launches template for food recall plans

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has developed a Food Recall Plan template to help food businesses manage recalls. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said every food business needs to be able to quickly remove unsafe food from the marketplace to protect the health and safety of consumers. “The template developed by FSANZ is particularly aimed at helping smaller businesses ensure they have a food recall plan in place and know what to do if something goes wrong,” Mr McCutcheon said.

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CH: China’s top legislator urges food safety supervision reform

Xinhua: Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang has called for improvements and reforms to the country’s food safety supervision system. Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), made the remarks Tuesday while presiding over a meeting of inspectors under the NPC Standing Committee to check the enforcement of the Food Safety Law.

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NZ: Food Safety Science & Research Centre launched

Scoop.co.nz: Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister JoGoodhew today launched the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre at Massey University in Palmerston North. Formed as a partnership between government, industry organisations and research institutions, the virtual centre aims to ensure New Zealand’s food safety system remains among the best in the world.

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US: Food safety posters for safe handling of leafy greens

Journal of Extension: This article describes food safety educational tools depicting safe handling of leafy greens that are available as downloadable posters to Extension educators and practitioners. Nine visual-based minimal-text colored posters in English, Chinese, and Spanish were developed for use when formally or informally educating foodservice workers about safely handling leafy greens.

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AU: Blanch your bean sprouts or risk Salmonella Saintpaul

foodprocessing.com.au: Mung beans, sourced from Queensland and sprouted in South Australia, are believed to be the source of the latest foodborne disease outbreak that has sickened people across the Northern Territory and South Australia. The recent Northern Territory Department of Health investigation of the increase in Salmonella infections across Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area has established that the bacteria involved is Salmonella Saintpaul — the same one as that sickening South Australians.

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CA: Costco Canada caught up in recall of frozen organic vegetables

Food Safety News: Possible Listeria contamination in organic peas has caused Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. to issue its second frozen organic food recall in eight days. Organic by Nature brand frozen sweet peas are the implicated food this time, following Costco’s April 15 recall of Nature’s Touch brand organic berry cherry blend. The frozen organic fruit is linked to a Hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened at least 13, according to Canadian health officials.

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