US FDA: The FDA is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to chopped romaine lettuce sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma, Arizona. Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten. No specific grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified at this time.
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Good Fruit Grower: Will increasing scrutiny of food safety practices in orchards push more growers away from using raw manure? It’s unclear at the moment, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is conducting a risk assessment on raw manure before it settles on a preharvest interval that will best protect crops from contamination.
Food Safety News: An investigation by Canadian health officials has led to a recall of Montana brand frozen strawberries, which are sourced from Egypt, on concerns about possible hepatitis A contamination. The fruit was shipped to Marche Adonis stores in Ontario and Quebec and was on shelves until Saturday.
Read the full article at the Food Safety News website
Katherine Times: Next generation supply chain technologies under development in partnership between T-Provenance, Manbulloo Limited, Growcom and CRCNA will allow Northern Australian mango producers to collect and utilise data on their supply chain, value-add to their businesses and capture new markets. The project utilises a combination of sensor technology for quality assessment, smart chip technology measurement capabilities and new blockchain technology to ensure food safety, food quality, food traceability and authenticity within the supply chain.
Read the full article at the Katherine Times website
Global Food Safety Initiative: Over the last 17 years the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements have evolved considerably. As the food industry adapts and changes, we’re always looking to keep up to date and reflect best practices. If I had to sum up the key additions to this latest version in a few words, I’d say “improved auditor competency” and “covering the supply chain from farm to fork”.
Read the full article at the Global Food Safety Initiative website
NSW Health: NSW Health and the NSW Food Authority are working with Entyce Food Ingredients Pty Ltd which is conducting a precautionary recall of its Creative Gourmet branded frozen pomegranate product sold at Coles supermarkets.
NSW Food Authority: How did this outbreak happen? The investigation found that the contamination is likely to have occurred due to adverse weather (localised storm over the farm and subsequent dust storms during the season) increasing the levels of Listeria on the fruit prior to harvest. On this occasion and despite following industry best practice, the washing and sanitising at Rombola Family Farms was not able to remove all the trapped bacteria from the rockmelon surfaces, resulting in a low level of Listeria being present.
Read the full summary at the NSW Food Authority website
Agrilinks: Big data can provide timely and innovative solutions to food safety issues. There are many definitions for big data; the WHO defines big data as “emerging use of rapidly collected, complex data in such unprecedented quantities that terabytes, petabytes or even zettabytes of storage may be required; the unique properties of big data are defined by four dimensions: volume, velocity, variety and veracity”.
Read the full report at the agrilinks website
Farmers Weekly: Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) will launch its first national television advertising campaign later this year to educate customers about food standards. The focus will be on educating customers about the standards behind assured food after RTA market research reports showed shoppers were twice as likely to buy a Red Tractor product if they understood more about the standards behind it.
Read the full article at the the Farmers Weekly website
Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Did you know that FSANZ can’t order or force a food recall? Only Australian states and territories have enforcement powers to mandate, order or force a recall if necessary. See this handy visual which outlines the roles of food business, enforcement agencies and FSANZ during a food recall.
Read the full article at the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website