Weekly News Scan – August 31, 2020

September is National Food Safety Education Month

National Food Safety Month is recognized to educate the public on the severity of foodborne illnesses. “Foodborne illness is a preventable public health challenge that results in millions of illnesses each year in the U.S. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases each year in the U.S.”

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Food Recalls During The COVID Quarter Came With ‘Glaring Food Safety Headlines’

According to Food Safety News, “after the second quarter ended, USDA recalls inched upward in July, and are expected to rise further through the end of the year as attacks directed at the FDA and USDA continue to make headlines, Harvey says.” It was reported that “The FDA-related recalls totaled 7.8 million units in 79 events, which were down 44 percent and 11.5 percent from Q1.”

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How Processors are Adapting to FSMA in its Early Years

According to Food Safety Strategies, FSMA is “the biggest food safety reform in seven decades.” One main priority for FSMA was to ensure that “the safety of the food supply is a shared responsibility among many different points in the global supply chain for both human and animal food.”

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Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods Recalls Chicken Salad Product Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

According to the USDA, “Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, a Richmond, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,202 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad product due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.” The products were distributed in North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia. 

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