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New FDA Guidance for Listeria Control

I have written often on the topic of FDA’s continuing efforts to overhaul the safety of the U.S. food supply. Over the past decade, the agency has used a numerous tools, including new regulations, new inspection policy, and new initiatives to encourage broader food safety compliance. Notably, a large focus of FDA’s most recent efforts … Continue Reading

The Evolution Of Pathogen Control

Some say that history continuously repeats itself. The evolution of pathogen control in our national food supply is no exception. Perhaps you recall the shock expressed by the meat industry in 1994 when USDA first declared E. coli O157:H7 to be an adulterant in raw ground beef. In hindsight, the surprise expressed in 1993 is … Continue Reading

Can Frozen Vegetable Recalls Be Averted With Public Health Alerts?

It seemed as if almost no food company was immune from the fallout when, on May 2, 2016, CRF announced the expansion of its frozen vegetable recall to include all CRF products produced over the preceding two years. The announcement, driven by fears of possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination, initially affected 358 consumer products sold under … Continue Reading

The Food Police Are Coming: DOJ And FDA Say Criminal Prosecution Of Food Companies Is A Priority

DOJ has now formally announced that it is partering with FDA to bring criminal sanctions against food companies and food company employees when they sell food products that cause human illness. This reflects a substantial shift in FDA and DOJ policy, and will likely have a substantial impact on the food industry as it reacts to the government's new approach to food safety regulation.… Continue Reading

White Paper: FDA’s War on Pathogens

With its new authority under FSMA, FDA has declared a "War on Pathogens." The agency is now using its broad powers to look for the justification to bring criminal sanctions against food company executives any time a food safety failure results in illness. Take steps now to protect yourself and your company against criminal exposure.… Continue Reading