Weekly News Scan September 21, 2020

FDA Announces Key FSMA Rule to Advance Traceability of Foods, A Major Milestone in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

The Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, announced “The FDA has proposed a new rule that lays the foundation for the end-to-end food traceability across the food industry that we’ll be working toward over the next decade as part of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative.” The new “rule would create a first-of-its-kind standardized approach to traceability recordkeeping, paving the way for industry to adopt and leverage more digital, tech-enabled traceability systems”

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Salmonella Finding Prompts Recall of Dried, Imported, Edible Fungus

According to Food Safety News, state officials have found Salmonella within imported dried fungus. “Wismettac Asian Foods Inc., Santa Fe Springs, CA, is recalling Shirakiku brand imported dried fungus, also known as black fungus or kikurage, from restaurants in 31 states, the District of Columbia and one Canadian province.”

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USDA Releases Plan to Reduce Salmonella in Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products

Food Safety Magazine reports the USDA and FSIS have developed a plan to “reduce Salmonella in meat, poultry, and egg products.” The Roadmap, Reducing Salmonella: Driving Change through Science-Based Policy outlines programs and policies that are science-based, data-driven, and promote innovation.”

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Bridging Environmental Monitoring Program Results with Sanitation Practices

Food Quality and Safety released part 1 of their three-part series around environmental monitoring. Part 1 discusses “the first steps involved in implementing a cleaning/sanitation process: the selection of chemicals and developing a master sanitation plan.” Parts 2 and 3 will cover “differences in cleaning/sanitation procedures when normal conditions are not occurring”, and during extenuating circumstances.

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