Here are a few ways that unconscious biases may manifest themselves during a food safety audit.
The USDA is updating its swine slaughter inspection process for the first time in 50 years. The agency finalized the new rules on September 17 and they will take effect in early December. “Our current system focuses on visible contamination and quality defects on carcasses,” Mindy Brashears, PhD, USDA’s deputy undersecretary for food safety tells… [Read More]
Any farmer can tell you this year’s weather has been a challenge, yet in spite of it, the number of acres of organic pasture, rangeland, and crop areas continued to grow by 7 percent, hitting a record 8.3 million. These acres were harvested by 18,155 certified organic farms—up 3 percent from 2018. That’s according to… [Read More]
In the past year, California residents used more than 12 billion plastic beverage bottles, according to data collected by CalRecycle, with many of those containers having little recyclable materials. That led Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to introduce a bill that would require plastic beverage containers in the state to have at least 10 percent… [Read More]
A recent multistate outbreak of infections with multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Newport with decreased susceptibility to azithromycin was linked to U.S. beef and Mexican cheese, according to an epidemiologic investigation. “Finding the outbreak strain in both cheese and beef indicates that the human illnesses likely originated from presence of the bacteria in cattle in the… [Read More]
The causal agent of the Tropical Race 4 of the Banana Fusarium wilt fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, known throughout the industry as TR4 or Panama disease, is considered the biggest threat to bananas in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in Asia, Australia, and Africa. Fazil Dusunceli, an expert on TR4, working… [Read More]