Romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli has sickened 102 people across 23 states as of Dec. 4, according to the CDC. An investigation into the source of contamination is underway, and the CDC advises retailers to refrain from selling any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, Calif., region.
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More than half of Americans want Food and Drug Administration confirmation cannabidiol products are safe, according to a Harvard School of Public Health and Politico poll. Consumer safety relies on more research related to CBD products, as almost all of the research conducted until now has focused on recreational marijuana use, says Staci Gruber, director of the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core and Marijuana Investigations for the Neuroscientific Discovery program at McLean Hospital.
Cargill is meeting increasing consumer demand for cocoa products by spending $113 million to expand processing sites in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Cargill will invest another $12.3 million to improve the sustainability and transparency of its supply chain in these countries with the goal of improving the lives of people living in them, according to the company.
Hazel Technologies has developed a small sachet that blocks ethylene and can make crates of produce last around three times longer than normal. The sachet time-releases a proprietary mix of chemicals in order to preserve fruits and vegetables and cut down on food waste.
A proposed federal bill that would create new reporting requirements for restaurants that are planning to close caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week, as did fears of a french fry shortage and a story about fried chicken trends. PepsiCo's planned purchase of snack maker BFY Brands was this week's most-clicked food-and-beverage story.
Most plants and plant products entering the EU will need to come with phytosanitary certificates beginning Dec. 14. The measure, which includes fruits and vegetables, grain products and seeds, has been introduced to prevent new plant insects and disease pests from entering the EU.
Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency announced that foods produced using gene-edited technology will not need to undergo safety inspections, though other biotech foods, such as those developed using genetic modification, must be tested for toxicity and carcinogenicity. The announcement also stated that these products' labels need not require a declaration that such technology was used to produce the said food item.
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The 2019 SQF Conference kicked off with a BANG! With thrilling performances, rousing breakout sessions and plenty of coffee breaks, this year's SQF Conference was truly the premier food safety education and networking event of the year. In this month's issue of the SQF newsletter, we recap some of the highlights of our annual event. Check it out now.