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11/09
2005
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EXPERT PANEL ANALYZES RISK-BASED APPROACH TO FIGHT LISTERIOSIS

Northwest Food Processors Association Food Safety News
November 7, 2005
An expert panel recently completed the most comprehensive risk-based review of effective strategies for
combating the foodborne illness listeriosis and have identifi ed specifi c types of foods, subpopulations and
practices which increase a consumers¡¯ risk of contracting the deadly illness. The expert panel was convened by
the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and was co-funded by several leading food organizations including
the American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF). Its fi ndings were published in the September 2005 issue of The
Journal of Food Protection.
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Parasite sickens more swimmers
By MARCELA ROJAS
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: November 4, 2005)
Source of Article: http://www.thejournalnews.com/
SOUTHEAST ? Several more swimmers were sickened by a parasite that may have contaminated an indoor pool on Route 22. Wings over Water, a center where children take lessons and have birthday parties, closed last week at the recommendation of the Putnam County Health Department after two unrelated people, an adult and a child, were diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, a gastrointestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite called cryptosporidium. The organism is found in feces. more information

E. coli probe must 'trace back' infection
November 7, 2005
icWales
Experts were cited as telling a Welsh Assembly committee there must be a ¡°farm to fork¡± investigation as part of the the public inquiry into the south Wales E. coli outbreak and it should trace infected food back to the farm it came from.
Dr Carl Clowes, of the Wales Centre for Health, was cited as saying the inquiry should follow food from the Bridgend meat firm at the centre of the outbreak to school canteens, "But first of all you need to step back to the original point."
Clowes was further cited as sayingthe inquiry should be used to teach people about healthy food preparation.
The committee¡¯s chairwoman, Jocelyn Davies AM, was quoted as saying. "We could be talking about production methods not in the UK"

Anti-microbaterial pens make an entrance in food sector
By Ahmed ElAmin
Source of Article: http://www.foodproductiondaily.com
08/11/2005 - The emphasis on food safety in the plant has led one company to see a market for pens that inhibit bacterial build-up. European consumers have become increasing concerned about food safety, mainly due to the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) scare in cattle beginning in the late 1980s, a foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001 and of avian flu in 2003 and this year. Consumer concerns have in turn led to tougher regulatory action and increased survelliance of safety in food processing plants. E- Components & Chains, based in Pocklington UK has launched two styles of its anti-microbial pens for the food industry. They are meant to help plant floor workers from cross contaminating food products while doing their jobs.
The new pens feature housings made from impact-resistant polypropylene, which is approved for food contact. The pens also contain an additive that inhibits bacteria build-up with protective barrier that reforms even after cleaning.
E-Components says the barrier's protection lasts the lifetime of product. The pens are available in retractable and non-retractable versions in a selection of colour inks, including blue, black, and red.

Veggie crisp and clean; produce sanitation wash, new and improved
November 4, 2005
Fresh Plaza
http://www.freshplaza.com/
Although there have been sanitation washes created in the past, none have been as effective or impressive as Veggie Crisp and Clean. Formulated for use by grocers and / or manufacturers of fresh produce, Veggie Crisp and Clean is different than those previously created.
The most notable difference is the ingredients used to create Veggie Crisp and Clean are completely natural. Absolutely no chlorine used. This FDA approved sanitation wash is clinically proven to eliminate pathogenic bacteria such as Listeria Monocytogenes, Escherichia Coli (E-coli) and Enterococcus. Veggie Crisp and Clean also offers an extremely cost effective way of reducing costs.
Although labeled as a sanitation wash, Veggie Crisp and Clean's unique formula also extends the shelf life of most produce by up to 3 days. Less shrinkage, less labor cost means more money for your bottom line. Most companies claim to have the freshest produce, using Veggie Crisp and Clean will insure you do.
This product was also tested with other products such as meat, counter tops, and cutting boards and have found a significant reduction in bacteria. This product will be available for the retail market within weeks. Several other formulas including a "spud saver" for baked potatoes and "Floral Extend" for flowers will also be available. The attached brochure shows you the shelf extension capabilities of our product which save grocers millions of dollars.

Call for Abstracts
November 7, 2005
International Association of Food Protection
IAFP 2006
August 13-16, 2006
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Next year¡¯s Annual Meeting is quickly approaching. As we prepare for IAFP 2006 ? the Association¡¯s 93rd Annual Meeting, we invite you to submit an abstract for the Annual Meeting Program. more information

USDA/FDA Information
Meeting To Discuss Possible Changes to the Regulatory Jurisdiction of Certain Food Products Containing Meat and Poultry

FSIS Conference: Reaching At-Risk Audiences and Today's Other Food Safety Challenges

Letter to California Firms that Grow, Pack, Process, or Ship Fresh and Fresh-cut Lettuce

Restaurants and Grocers Reopening After Hurricanes and Flooding

Food Safety for Consumers Returning Home After a Hurricane and/or Flooding

Current FDA Activities Related to the Listeria monocytogenes Action Plan


USDA and HHS Agencies Work Together to Examine the Jurisdiction of Certain Food Categories | PDF

Meeting Announcement
Meeting Registration
Federal Register Notice

Meeting To Discuss Possible Changes to the Regulatory Jurisdiction of Certain Food Products

Food CGMP Modernization - A Focus On Food Safety

FSIS Announces Quick and Efficient Method Of Detecting E. coli O157:H7

Safe drinking water act determination

FDA Notice Re: Decontamination of Food Transport Vehicles

National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection to Hold Public Meeting

Job Information
11/08. PA-Statewide-Red Meat Quality Assurance Manager
11/08. QA Supervisor - Grand Prairie AND Dallas, TX
11/08. Quality Control Analyst - Wawa, PA
11/08. TX-Dallas-Food Safety Technician
11/07. Manager, BW Quality Assurance - Omaha, NE
11/07. Manager Quality Assurance I - Garner, NC
11/07. Dairy Sanitation Management position - CO-Denver South
11/07. Quality Assurance Manager - UT-Salt Lake City
11/04. Quality Assurance Technician - Los Angeles, CA
11/04. Quality Assurance/R&D - Santa Ana, CA
11/04. Quality Assurance Assistant - Food Industry - Brooklyn, NY
11/04. Quality Assurance Manager - Williamston, NC
11/03. Vice President Quality Assurance & Regulatory Compliance
11/03. WI-Manitowoc-Quality Assurance Supervisor
11/03. NJ-Cherry Hill-QC Lab Techs-South NJ

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Recall Information
11/08. California Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Product for Possible Listeria Contamination
11/04.
Golden Eagle Smoked Foods Inc. Recalls Smoked Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk
11/04. Georgia Firm Recalls Ground Beef for Possible E. Coli O157:H7
11/04. [UK] Aldi recalls Pasteria pasta
11/03. Smoked Salmon may be Contaminated with L. monocytogenes
11/02.
Undeclared milk ingredients in PRESIDENT CHOICE ORGANICS CHOCOLATE
11/02. Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Frozen Ground Beef Patties for Possible E. Coli O157:H7
11/02. NY Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Beef Products for Possible Listeria Contamination
10/31.
Worthington Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg And Milk
10/31.
[UK] Bevelini green pesto sauce recalled

EU ISSUES FOOD SAFETY WARNING ON CHICKENS

Northwest Food Processors Association Food Safety News
November 7, 2005

An advisory note from the European Food Safety Authority says that Europeans should avoid eating raw eggs and cook chicken carefully to cut down any risk of contracting bird fl u. The precautionary warning comes as the European poultry
industry struggles to contain a sharp decline in sales because of consumers¡¯ concerns
about the spreading bird fl u.
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Health officials puzzled at rise in hepatitis A
November 7, 2005
The L.A. Times
Cara Mia DiMassa
A sharp rise in hepatitis A cases in Los Angeles County that might have its cause on skid row is, according to this story, worrying county health officials, who say the outbreak is still a mystery that needs further investigation. more information

Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with a brand of beefburgers in France
November 3, 2005
Eurosurveillance Weekly Release Volume 10 Issue 44Eurosurveillance Weekly Release Volume 10 Issue 44
French multi-agency outbreak investigation team (v.vaillant@invs.sante.fr)
On 24 and 25 October 2005, 5 cases of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) were reported to the Institut de Veille Sanitaire (InVS) by paediatricians at two separate hospitals in southwest France. The five patients lived in two neighbouring administrative departements. more information