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Whole Genome Sequencing Live Learning Series

The Oregon Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence is hosting a Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Live Learning Series (LLS), led by our New York CoE partners. This web-video based course (using Zoom, webcam required!) provides hands-on training for epidemiologists using WGS during foodborne illness outbreak investigations. The LLS utilizes both case-based and real-world outbreak scenarios […]

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: FDA Extends Compliance Date for Certain Uses of Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Food; Denies Petition for Certain Uses of PHOs

May 18, 2018 Dear Colleagues, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is extending the compliance date for certain uses of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).  For the majority of uses of PHOs, June 18, 2018 remains the date after which manufacturers cannot add PHOs to foods.  However, to  allow for an orderly transition in the marketplace, […]

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Job Posting – Minnesota Department of Agriculture Feed Project Functional Manager

The position will work closely with Feed Program Management staff to plan, direct, evaluate and implement the program’s work relating to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS) and the Feed Program’s use of the USA Food Safety (USAFS) electronic inspection system.  This position is also responsible for developing a […]

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Pennsylvania officials urge consumers to discard raw milk

Consumers who have unpasteurized, raw milk from Pool Forge Dairy should immediately throw it out and monitor themselves and their children for symptoms of Listeria infection for the next 70 days. Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture posted the warning Monday because routine tests by the department showed the milk to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  “Consumers […]

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NEW FSPCA Course Announcement!

FSPCA Food Defense Awareness for the Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule Do you know those who are required to take training to meet the food defense awareness training requirement within the IA Rule? This “Food Defense Awareness for the Intentional Adulteration Rule” course will meet those requirements. NOTE! The training requirement in the IA rule is flexible, and […]

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IMPORTANT FDA INFORMATION: Kratom Mandatory Recall – Additional Information for State Regulatory Partners

On April 2, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a mandatory recall order for all food products containing powdered kratom manufactured, processed, packed, or held by Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC, (Triangle) after several were found to contain salmonella. The agency took this action after the company failed to cooperate with the FDA’s request to conduct […]

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FDA Takes Step to Protect Consumers Against Dietary Supplements Containing Dangerously High Levels of Extremely Concentrated or Pure Caffeine

Dear Colleagues, Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took an important step to better protect consumers from the dangers of highly concentrated and pure caffeine products. These products present a significant public health threat because of the high risk that they will be erroneously used at excessive, potentially dangerous doses. Highly concentrated and […]

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New Jersey E. coli illnesses could be linked to restaurant chain

Public health officials in New Jersey are waiting on test results in a suspected E. coli outbreak that may be linked to a restaurant chain. Authorities are investigating six illnesses across three counties where the restaurant chain has locations, according to a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Health. She said the department will […]

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Partners With a Common Purpose” – A New AFDO/Industry Vision

The Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) is announcing a new initiative for creating change through a shared vision with food industry representatives. This shared vision recognizes a common purpose embraced and supported by government regulators and industry in improving public health and consumer services. The initiative will extend beyond stakeholder’s individual interests and […]

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: FDA and FTC Take Action Against Companies Selling E-Liquids that Resemble Children’s Juice Boxes, Candies and Cookies

As part of ongoing efforts to protect youth from the dangers of nicotine and tobacco products, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued 13 warning letters to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for selling e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling and/or advertising that cause them to resemble kid-friendly food products, […]

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