Keeping Tabs

Countdown to FSMA Implementation

Part 1: Comment Periods and Rule Finalization

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six Americans (or, 48 million) get sick due to food-borne illnesses every year. This serious public health issue prompted the passage of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)—a sweeping piece of legislation designed to help the FDA stop these preventable illnesses rather than reacting to them. The actalso creates new enforcement authorities to improve food safety standards and contain food safety issues when they do arise.

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How Chlorine Works to Disinfect Pools

As steamy weather drives throngs of visitors to pools and water parks this summer, swimming facility managers are busy ensuring the health and safety of swimmers—and a significant concern with so many bodies in the pool is the risk of infection. Last summer, a study of public pools conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 58 percent of the water samples collected contained E. coli bacteria; nearly 60 percent of the 160 pools sampled contained fecal contamination.

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