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US: Control of Listeria monocytogenes on food-contact and noncontact surfaces by antimicrobial coatings

Food Safety Magazine: As a supplement to routine sanitation, antimicrobial coatings as a means of continuous protection against biofilm formation have attracted interest. Antimicrobial coatings are based on several principles, the simplest (first generation) being as a protective coating to cover or prevent scratches that would provide nucleation sites for biofilm formation.

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NZ: GM or not GM? Food watchdog reviews new products

NZ Herald: New Zealand’s food standards watchdog is reviewing how rules might apply to a new generation of products that can be altered genetically, but without any introduced DNA. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released a consultation paper around how laws should apply to food derived from new breeding techniques, or NBTs.

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DE: Invitation to public consultation of the GLOBALG.A.P. FSMA add-on module

GLOBALG.A.P.: GLOBALG.A.P. has led a Focus Group in the development of an add-on to the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard for Fruit & Vegetables that will complete coverage of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The add-on content is based on GLOBALG.A.P.’s FSMA User’s Guide and Self-Assessment published in December 2016.

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ZA: SA gripped by ‘listeria hysteria’ as hunt for source continues

Times Live: The number of confirmed listeriosis cases is now 872, and 164 of those have died – up from 107 last week. The current mortality rate is a staggering 27%. As listeria is killed during the cooking process, the culprit is thought to be a ready-to-eat food, fruit, or vegetables.

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AU: Citrus growers called to upgrade to new food safety system

Citrus Australia: A significant change in how citrus growers manage food safety is imminent with peak industry body Citrus Australia calling on growers to get on board now and take advantage of available help.

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US: Michigan posts 25th hepatitis A death; restaurant worker sick

Food Safety News: An outbreak of hepatitis A has claimed another life in Michigan. Also, another restaurant worker has tested positive for the highly contagious virus, exposing an unknown number of people who ate at a Red Lobster in the past month. The outbreak … has sickened more than 1,600 people and killed at least 46.

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CA: Island company buys chemical imaging machine that identifies foreign objects and potato defects

The Guardian: A million-dollar investment into a chemical imaging machine is giving a P.E.I. business a peek inside potatoes without removing the peel and, in so doing, improving the quality and safety of potatoes for Islanders.

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CA: Norovirus-contaminated raspberries likely caused deaths in Quebec

Montreal Gazette: Frozen raspberries imported from China made hundreds of people sick in Quebec last summer and probably resulted in multiple deaths, according to recent public health report.

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US: Chowbotics announces that sally the salad robot is now food safety and sanitation certified

Robotics Tomorrow: Food robotics company Chowbotics announces that its first product, a salad-making robot called Sally, recently passed the UL and NSF-25 safety and sanitation standards. To obtain these certifications, Sally the Salad Robot underwent and passed an evaluation at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to ensure it and the facility where it is produced meet specific standards for food safety.

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AU: Concerns raised about young people’s poor food safety knowledge as the academic year begins

Food Safety Information Council: As the academic year begins, the Food Safety Information Council, together with their member Cater Care, have launched a food safety tips poster for young people leaving home to start university and college. Council Chair, Rachelle Williams, said that young people are at risk of getting food poisoning.

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