The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the 2019 edition of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards), which define the key elements of an effective retail food regulatory program for state, local, tribal, and territorial food regulatory jurisdictions.
The Retail Program Standards provide recommendations for designing and managing retail food regulatory programs and help regulatory jurisdictions (or other responsible organizations) facilitate more effective inspections, implement foodborne illness prevention strategies, and identify program areas in need of improvement.
The 2019 edition of the Retail Program Standards incorporates changes based on recommendations discussed at the Conference for Food Protection 2018 Biennial Meeting and other minor editorial changes.
These changes include:
The FDA, along with the CDC and state and local partners, continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to Aldi, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco grocery store brand “garden salads” containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots.
According to the 2020 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association, U.S. organic food sales hit $50.1 billion, up 4.6% from the previous year.
In a study conducted by Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab, around half of UK children who received free school meal vouchers are reporting a significant drop in their intake of fruit and vegetables since schools closed in March.
The USDA has announced plans to expand its routine verification testing or six Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli that are adulterants, in addition to the adulterant Escherichia coli O157:H7, to ground beef, bench trim, and raw ground beef components other than raw beef manufacturing trimmings for samples collected at official establishments.
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