Created by environmental health graduates, the free Safe Food Healthy Business application includes information on a wide range of food-safety topics for food handlers and foodservice operators. The app includes instructional sections on topics such has how to react to a foodborne illness outbreaks and templates to ensure compliance with food-safety laws.
As food-makers respond to consumer demand for food that is not as processed, food safety could suffer, scientists say. Helen Payne, food-safety adviser at Leatherhead Food Research, says companies are seeking techniques that won't compromise food safety, such as high-pressure processing and use of ultraviolet light.
The FDA will hold a public hearing June 19 for comments on a plan to build food-safety capacity in countries that export to the U.S. The plan is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act and aims to ensure imported food is held to the same standards as domestic food.
The FDA plans increase funding to the Association of Food and Drug Officials to boost coordination among agencies on food safety. The $500,000 grant will be used to "further advance a national integrated food-safety system which supports the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act," said an FDA official.
FMI is providing a third-party food-safety audit to Freshway Foods through the group's Safe Quality Food program. The Ohio chain previously earned SQF 2000 Level 2 accreditation for its food-safety plan. "Meeting our own internal food-safety standards while also being able to accommodate the range of food-safety reporting required by our customer base was a key component in our selection of the SQF 2000 program," said a Freshway executive.