This Month in Food Safety News

There’s no doubt that 2020 has so far been more newsworthy than usual. Although news about COVID-19 may be overshadowed by other hot topics, the reality is, the global pandemic continues to have an impact in the food processing industry, among other sectors. The food supply chain is an essential service and, in some cases, one in which it can be challenging to maintain social distancing. This has led to spikes in cases among workers, particularly in the meat-packing industry. Food banks are working hard to keep up with increased demand, consumers have expressed concern about the safety of food packaging, and some in the food industry are seeing the pandemic as an opportunity for long-term improvement.  

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This Month in Food Safety

Food Safety magazine recently published an article about the importance of cleaning for food safety that highlights the distinction between cleaning and disinfection. This difference is important to understand because without proper cleaning, disinfection won’t be as effective. This can lead to the formation of biofilms that allow bacteria to grow under a protective layer. If that layer is disrupted or allowed to come into contact with food, the result can be an outbreak that affects the health of consumers. Biofilm removal is also a more time- and labor-intensive process than daily cleaning and sanitation, so avoiding this problem in the first place will help save time, money, and lost production.

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This Month in Food Safety News

Coronavirus, leafy greens, and cannabis are the latest hot topics in food safety news. A zoonotic virus that seems to spread from person to person, coronavirus could potentially be linked to a food market in China. Meanwhile, the romaine lettuce outbreak may be over, but leafy greens still present a food safety risk, which is why research from multiple angles is ongoing. The cannabis industry is booming, but what about the growers that were busted before it was legal? One food safety organization wants to help.

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This Month in Food Safety News

This month in food safety news: a long-lasting outbreak is finally over, researchers explore a possible method for identifying the source of outbreaks, and one of the industry’s largest events has announced its agenda.

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This Month in Food Safety News

Food safety news this month includes recent recalls, a new outbreak related to ground beef, and a program for lab accreditation proposed by the FDA. In the west, where wildfires have been ravaging the countryside, another popular news item is related to food safety during emergencies.

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This Month in Food Safety News

The primary theme in food safety news in October has been Listeria. With the discovery of a new strain, a massive food recall, and the beginning of the associated lawsuits, this is a good time for FSQA managers to review sanitation protocols. These timely reminders of the constant evolution of bacteria and the costly consequences of contamination are strong motivations for staying vigilant and continually evaluating plant sanitation processes.   

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