In October, Dr. Timothy Freier passed on the metaphorical reins to Dr. Sarita Raengpradub as one of the lead instructors for the NAMI (North American Meat Institute) Biannual Listeria Workshop. As such, we interviewed both to learn about how the seminar has touched the industry and will continue to evolve.
Health Canada can boast of several regulatory achievements during the past 18 months, including the implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) regulations, new controls for salmonella in frozen raw breaded chicken products, and the long-awaited revision of the Canadian Food Guide. In recent months, Health Canada has introduced limits for heavy metals, launched food fraud activities, and rolled out new rules for cannabis edibles. Moving forward, Canadian authorities will implement the next phase of the SFCA regulations in January 2020, and continue efforts to improve public health through proper nutrition.
- EPA & OEHHA have conflicting views on Glyphosate.
- Glyphosate remains on the Proposition 65 list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer.
- Glyphosate is most commonly used in grains, soybeans, peanuts, peas, potatoes, and flax.
- China exempt purchases of U.S. soybeans, pork and other agricultural products from punitive tariffs.
- Chinese government’s official testing method for Genetically Modified crops is SN/T 1204-2016.
- Pork products eligible for export to China must comply with the Chinese Ractopamine Control Program.
- CDC investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to cooked diced chicken meat
- The unique facts on L. monocytogenes around temperature, growth conditions, lethality, high-risk populations, mortality rates, and monitoring
- Government oversight continues to evolve with the release of a new guidance document
- The FDA has found PFAS present at detectable levels in various foods supporting an EPA 2016 health advisory.
- PFAS are listed as possible carcinogens and are linked to other health concerns.
- Foods grown in contaminated soils, irrigated with contaminated water, or in contact with certain food wrappings may contain PFAS.
- Media discussions on PFAS hazards have further raised consumer awareness.
- Monitoring ingredients and packaging reduce contamination risk.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released plans as part of their surveillance sampling program to focus on Hepatitis A Virus and Norovirus detection in frozen berries. This eighteen-month surveillance sampling program was initiated in November of 2018. Continue Reading