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    Global food safety topics for 2022

    – ANALYSIS – What will the New Year bring? We can’t be sure about everything but we already know a few things in store in 2022. Coronavirus will still be around and impacting the food sector; new trade rules and embargoes will have to be dealt with by importers and exporters; and global food safety strategies will become clearer. Some of the issues listed in 2021 are also likely to continue this year. Plus, at the bottom of this article, you can find a selection of events in date order. COVID-19 impact on foodborne diseasesThe pandemic has had a  

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    No Senate action yet to confirm Esteban as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety

    The U.S. Senate will have to step it up a notch to confirm Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban as the USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety before the year ends. President Biden nominated Esteban to serve in the post Nov.12. Esteban is currently Chief Scientist for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a position he has held since 2018. He will become the federal government’s top food safety official if confirmed. As of this week, the job has been vacant for nine months. Mindy Brashears stepped down when the new administration took over on Jan. 20. The Senate Committee on  

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    Another record quarter for international food safety network

    A global food safety network was involved in 65 incidents from July to September, which is more than earlier this year. It is the third successive quarter that events involving the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) have gone up, with 63 from April to June and 56 in the first quarter of this year. Salmonella was part of 46 incidents involving a biological hazard followed by Listeria with 11. Next was E. coli with four, a couple each for Bacillus cereus, Hepatitis A, Norovirus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus and one each for Clostridium botulinum and Staphylococcus aureus. Salmonella melon outbreak 

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    Fast-food employees protest treatment, lack of safety supplies in front of Folsom restaurant

    FOLSOM, Calif. (KTXL) — Local fast-food workers told FOX40 the conditions they’ve been forced to work under need to change, and it is the reason why they hit the picket line Tuesday in Folsom. The demonstration happened in front of a Jack in the Box on Greenback Lane, and workers from fast-food restaurants across the area turned out to speak up. The workers wanted to be loud and clear about the fact that they wanted to be respected on the job and have the safety supplies they need to work during the pandemic and around potentially dangerous equipment. US hiring  

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    U.S. officials work on development of international food safety and commodity standards

    Trade barriers to U.S. specialty crop exports can be complex, and the U.S. government’s response is generally formulated within an interagency context. USDA representatives abroad often receive information on pending regulations before those measures are formally notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for international public consultation. USDA and other relevant agencies can then engage with trading partners on proposed regulations at an early stage. FAS leads an interagency review process to provide formal comments on certain measures notified by member countries to the WTO. U.S. regulatory agencies, including APHIS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug  

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    PFAS contamination may be an emerging food safety issue

    KANSAS CITY — Food manufacturers received reassuring news when the Food and Drug Administration published the testing results of its first survey of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals.” The survey showed 164 of the 167 foods tested had no detectable levels of the PFAS measured. Despite the positive news, uncertainty surrounds the impact of exposure to consumers, and environmental advocates are calling on the FDA to raise its level of scrutiny. PFAS are a class of chemicals used by industries like aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer goods and electronics because of their resistance to grease, oil,  

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