Food Safety

ASM Statements Regarding Food Safety

May 17, 2006 – ASM Submits Comments on FSIS Salmonella Verification Reporting
The ASM responded to the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) request for comments on whether and how the FSIS policy on Salmonella verification sample result reporting for meat and poultry establishments can be improved to enhance public health protection

November 16, 2005 - ASM Participates in USDA Plant and Pest Biology Workshop
On November 16, ASM participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) Stakeholders Workshop on Plant and Pest Biology and provided recommendations on how microbial research can enhance the five strategic goals of USDA-CSREES.

July 18, 2005 - ASM Comments on FY 2006 CFSAN Program Priorities
The ASM sent comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the establishment of program priorities in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) for fiscal year 2006.

August 4, 2004 – Center for Food Safety and Nutrition FY 2005 Program Priorities
The ASM is responding to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice requesting comments concerning the establishment of program priorities in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) for fiscal year 2005.

August 4, 2004 - Establishing a regulatory limit on Listeria monocytogenes
The ASM submitted a statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice requesting comments on the petition asking that theFDA amend the current regulations in 21 CFR part 109, “Unavoidable Contaminants in Food for Human Consumption and Food-Packaging Material,” to establish a regulatory limit on Listeria monocytogenes of 100 colony forming units per gram in foods that do not support growth of the microorganism.

January 7, 2002 - ASM Comments on Draft Risk Assessment for Excherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 in Ground Beef
ASM's Committee on Agriculture and Food Microbiology submitted comments to the Food Safety and Inspection Service in response to the agency's draft Risk Assessment for Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 in ground beef, published November 5, 2001, in the Federal Register.

July 13, 2001 - Risk Management Action Plan for Foodborne Listeria Monocytogenes
ASM submitted comments on the Food and Drug Administration's and U.S. Department of Agriculture's draft Risk Assessment Document and Risk Management Action Plan for relative risk to public health from foodborne Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods, which was published in the January 19, 2001 Federal Register.

August 7, 2000 - Fumonisim Levels in Human Foods and Animal Feeds
ASM submitted written comment on the proposed Guidance for Industry: Fumonisin Levels in Human Foods and Animal Feeds, under the direction of the Food and Drug Administration.

June 7, 2000 - National Organic Program
ASM submitted written comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Organic Program, under the direction of the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

February 14, 2000 - Draft Preliminary Food Safety Strategic Plan
ASM submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration on the Draft Preliminary Food Safety Strategic Plan.

July 2, 1999 - Risk Assessment of the Public Health Impact of Foodborne Listeria Monocytogenes
ASM responded to a Federal Register notice regarding the planned risk assessment of the public health impact of foodborne Listeria monocytogenes.

May 17, 1999 - Irradiation in the Productions, Processing and Handling of Food
ASM responded to the FDA's advance notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the labeling requirements of irradiated foods.

April 26, 1999 - Irraditation of Meat and Meat Products
ASM responded to the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service request for comments on the proposed rule for meat irradiation.

November 6, 1997 - Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems
ASM sent a letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee urging support for the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems contained in the Research, Extension and Education Reauthorization Bill (S. 1150). The Initiative creates a new mandatory spending account in the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would provide $780 million over five years for agricultural research funding.

September 17, 1997 - Food Safety Initiative
ASM sent a letter to the House and Senate Conferees to the FY 1998 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill urging them to fund the President's Food Safety Initiative at the President's requested levels. Prior to the conference committee, the initiative was only partially funded.

February 20, 1997 - Transportation and Storage Requirements for Potentially Hazardous Foods
ASM sent a letter to the Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) of the USDA and FDA on the transportation and storage requirements for potentially hazardous foods.

January 28, 1997 - Statement on Apple Juice
ASM released a statement on the pasteurization of apple juice.

ASM Testimony Regarding Food Safety

March 31, 1997 - National Food Safety Initiative
ASM provided recommendations on the National Food Safety Initiative

ASM Statements and Testimony Regarding Genetically Modified Organisms

March 13, 2001 - Premarket Notice Concerning Bioengineered Foods
The ASM submitted comments on the Food and Drug Administration's Premarket Notice Concerning Bioengineered Foods which was published in the January 18, 2001 Federal Register.

March 13, 2001 - Draft Guidance for Industry: Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have or Have Not Been Developed Using Bioengineering
The ASM submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration's Guidance for Industry: Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have or Have Not Been Developed Using Bioengineering, which was published in the January 18, 2001 Federal Register.

July 17, 2000 - Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
ASM released a statement on genetically modified organisms.

ASM Testimony

November 30, 1999 - Food Derived from Plants Using Bioengineering
Dr. Anne K. Vidaver, Chair of the Committee on Agricultural and Food Microbiology of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board presented a statement on the safety of bioengineered foods.

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