Food Safety

Children seeing, touching, and tasting produce

United States Government Accountability Office.

March 2012

Reviews USDA’s and others’ efforts to reduce STEC contamination in beef. Objectives include identifying preslaughter interventions, USDA’s role in approving STEC vaccines, the extent to which STEC strains have been determined to be adulterants in beef, and the practices other countries have employed.

The International Life Science Institute (ILSI).

April 2012

Reviews the application of risk-based concepts and risk management techniques for the establishment of process criteria for thermal processes in food manufacture and the processing parameters to meet these criteria.

The National Academies of Sciences. Institute of Medicine.

April 14, 2012

Identifies the core elements of food, drug, medical product, and biologics regulatory systems in developing countries, determines the main gaps in these systems, and designs a strategy the FDA and other stakeholders can use to strengthen food and medical products regulatory systems abroad.

USDA. Office of Inspector General.

May 2012

Presents the results and recommendations of the OIG review of sampling protocols for E. coli O157:H7 of beef slaughter and processing plants. This review is in response to a Congressional request expressing concerns about the efficacy of the testing the FSIS performs to detect E. coli O157:H7.

The International Life Science Institute (ILSI).

May 2012

Summarizes the collaborative findings of a workshop held in Brussels, Belgium on MCDP and glycidyl ester safety and discusses the methods of its analysis, exposure, and mitigation.

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

May 25, 2012

Annual report of the Pesticide Data Program (PDP) which manages the collection, analysis, data entry, and reporting of pesticide residues on agricultural commodities in the U.S. food supply. Surveys were conducted on a variety of foods including fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, oats, eggs, catfish, baby food, groundwater, and treated and untreated drinking water.

The International Life Science Institute (ILSI).

June 2012

Draft guidance in the form of a framework that exploits accepted risk assessment procedures and toxicological databases on existing materials, using them for comparative purposes to ensure that any nanosized materials that might be associated with potential new hazards are identified and tested appropriately.

European Food Safety Authority.

June 29, 2012

Harmonised epidemiological indicators are proposed for food-borne biological hazards to public health that are related to poultry and meat thereof and that can be addressed within meat inspection. These hazards include Salmonella, Campylobacter and extended-spectrum/AmpC beta-lactamase producing Escherichia coli as well as generic E. coli as an indicator for process hygiene.