Food Safety

Children seeing, touching, and tasting produce

European Food Safety Authority; European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

September 20, 2012

Provides a summary of the descriptive epidemiology of human cases and an assessment of the current trend of incidence, a collation of information on possible sources, and an assessment on the robustness of evidence implicating the possible sources of the on-going outbreak of Salmonella Stanely.

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

December 7, 2012

Addresses the scientific challenges facing the Nation’s agricultural research enterprise and makes recommendations on how to refocus and rebalance the Federal Government’s support of agricultural research to enable U.S. farmers to meet the critical challenges facing U.S. agriculture in the 21st century.

Food and Agriculture Organization; World Health Organization.

December 2012

Describes demonstrated best practices, the elements for an effective national food recall system, and the process for establishing, reviewing and/or improving the national food recall system to support countries in establishing and implementing an effective national food recall system.

Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives.

December 2012

The seventy sixth report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) who are tasked to elaborate on evaluating principles, prepare specifications, and undertake the safety evaluations of food additives and flavoring agents.

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

April 9, 2013

Identifies processing steps of highest concern, and potential mitigation strategies to reduce vulnerabilities. Utilized the results from 25 vulnerability assessments to determine if a potential “threshold” score for the implementation of mitigation strategies could be identified. This report is required under Section 106 of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

USDA. Office of Inspector General.

March 2013

Examines whether FSIS was sampling boxed beef products, as required by agency procedures, and requesting correct samples, and whether the industry’s trace back documentation is adequate and used effectively to determine the source of E. coli contamination.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

February 2013

Describes the ARS national programs and lays out the agency's strategies and activities under four strategic goal areas that encompass specific objectives and also several management initiatives. For food safety related goals, see Goal 1.2 - Protect food from pathogens, toxins, and chemical contamination during production, processing, and preparation.