AFDO News

AFDO Responds to CDC Article on Restaurant Role in COVID-19 Transmission

Today, March 5th, in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, an article focused on the transmission of COVID-19 and suggests that the use of mitigation strategies around the reopening of bars and restaurants are strongly linked to COVID-19 cases and deaths. The full article can be found on the CDC website. Steven Mandernach, AFDO Executive Director, […]

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Cultural ‘Big Deal’: Seal Oil Makes Menu at Alaska Care Home

Last month, Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation approved “seal oil” use in elder homes, believed to be a first for seal oil in the U.S. Seal oil has been a staple in the diet of Alaska’s Inupiat for generations. The oil — ever-present in households dotting Alaska coastlines — is used mainly as a dipping […]

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Mutual Reliance Focuses on the Integration of All Food Safety Partners

Leveraging and Sharing Resources, Personnel, and Culture January 15, 2021 When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rolled out its long-anticipated New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint in mid-July, there, tucked into the Four Core Elements of the plan, was the concept of domestic mutual reliance. The New Era of Smarter Food Safety […]

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FDA Announces Two New Cooperative Agreement Programs to Enhance Human and Animal Food Laboratory Testing Capabilities and Capacity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pleased to announce the award of two new cooperative agreement programs (CAPs) that are intended to enhance the capacity and capabilities of state human and animal food testing laboratories in support of building an integrated food safety system, the Laboratory Flexible Funding Model (LFFM) and the Building […]

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FDA Announces a New Cooperative Agreement Program to Advance Retail Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pleased to announce the award of Retail Food Safety Association Collaboration Cooperative Agreements to three national associations representing state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) retail food safety programs: Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), and National Association of County and City […]

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40th Annual Food Safety & Sanitation Workshop

November 10, 2020 Hosted Virtually via the Zoom Platform 40th Annual Food Safety & Sanitation (FSS) Workshop is FREE this year! You must register to receive the Zoom link.   All interested attendees are required to have their own registration.Please visit our website for additional workshop information and registration:  http://ext100.wsu.edu/foodsanitation/ Remote Delivery through Zoom In order to accommodate social distancing guidance, we […]

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Kikurage recalled due to Salmonella risk

Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc., Santa Fe Springs, CA is issuing a voluntary recall for Shirakiku brand imported Dried Fungus (also known as Black Fungus or Kikurage) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others […]

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