Food Safety

Deadly Listeria Outbreaks in Australia and South Africa

A fatal Listeria outbreak in Australia has a case fatality rate as high as 28%. As of March 19, 2018, 19 confirmed cases have been reported in Australia alone, all of which are linked with…

“Environmental Health Investigations” Course on Outbreak Investigation and Response

The Tennessee Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence’s fourth course on outbreak investigation and response is now available online. The “Environmental Health Investigations” course will provide training on environmental health assessments and various activities used…

New FDA Guidance on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule

On March 21, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidance on the Foreign Supplier Verification (FSVP) rule regarding the importation of live animals. Under this guidance, the FDA states that is does not…

The National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) and Contributing Factors to Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) NEARS program captures environmental assessment data including information on key factors that contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks. The data reporting system can benefit food safety programs within…

FDA Defines Business Size Under the FSMA Preventive Controls Regulations

Under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), small businesses may be eligible for certain exemptions and  later deadlines for compliance on the Preventive Controls for Human Food and Animal Food regulations.…

FDA Issues 2017 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the 2017 edition of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards), which define the key elements of an effective retail food regulatory program for…