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US: FDA sprout program halts outbreak, leads to recalls

The Packer: The Food and Drug Administration’s two-year sampling program for sprouts produced both enforcement actions — prompting six product recalls and helping stop an outbreak of listeriosis — and long-term insights on the prevalence of pathogens on sprout seeds and finished product.

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US: Chipotle’s Mistake: Failing to Build a Food Safety Culture

QSR Magazine: It is one thing to train employees on best food safety practices, but entirely another to make them care deeply about food safety.

AU: Cold chain group to tackle food waste

Produce Plus: Cold chain compliance and reducing food waste are on the agenda for advocacy group the Australian Food Cold Chain Council.

US: LGMA: Ten Years Later

Food Safety Magazine: Eleven years have passed since the California fresh produce industry experienced its worst foodborne illness outbreak: Three died and 205 were sickened from the consumption of baggedspinach contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7. Additionally, this outbreak resulted in a loss of consumer confidence in leafy greens and financial losses for the food industry near $1 billion.

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US: EverCrisp receives PLU approval from IFPS

Fresh Plaza: The MAIA-1 apple variety – marketed as EverCrisp – received its PLU approval from the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), and is broadening its marketing as it readies for expanded availability.

NZ: Businesses may suffer six-figure loss

Otago Daily Times: Anything touched by tap water in the Dunedin city centre was either turned off or thrown out yesterday, creating financial woes estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars among many restaurants, cafes and bars.

US: Project seeks test for ‘viable but non-culturable’ pathogens

Center for Produce Safety:A handful of pathogens - including Salmonella and Shiga toxigenic E. coli (STEC) - can go into a dormant state where they remain virulent but can't be detected through traditional culturing methods. Dr. Xiaonan Lu, an associate professor of food science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, wants to change that.

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UK: Avoiding foodborne illnesses: How to create a stronger food safety culture

Virtual College: Foodborne illness can be dangerous and cause illnesses among staff and customers. However, by ingraining a strong food safety culture, this can be avoided by businesses. “Company culture includes a variety of elements, including work environment, company mission, value, ethics, expectations, and goals,” according to careers expert Alison Doyle.

US: Papaya-related Salmonella victim count triples in 3 weeks

Food Safety News: The deadly Salmonella outbreak that has been traced to maradol papayas from Mexico is spreading, with 32 more victims confirmed in the past week and three more states reporting illnesses.

US: Farmers Market vendors say pea growing season was a challenge Health officials are asking folks who purchased loose peas between July 19th and August 5th to throw them away. Meanwhile, area farmers say the season for growing peas posed a challenge this year.

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