Thursday, September 15, 2011

FFA Enrollment Up Sharply

Future Farmers of America (FFA) reports that in the past year, more than 17,000 new students joined, setting a new all-time high in the organization’s membership.

During the 2010-11 school year, FFA membership grew to a record 540,379 students, up 17,070 students from 523,309 members in the 2009-10 school year.

The number of FFA chapters in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also grew with the creation of 106 new, chartered FFA chapters.

FFA was founded in 1928. The organization helps students learn about food science, agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, research and other subjects.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

FDA Food Traceability Projects

In September, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced two new pilot projects that, according to the agency, will improve the ability to trace products responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society consisting of professionals engaged in food science, food technology, and related professions, will carry out the pilots at the direction of FDA, under an existing FDA contract.

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires the FDA to establish at least two pilot projects: one involving produce and one involving processed foods. Signed into law in January, the act also directs the FDA to establish recordkeeping requirements for high-risk foods to help in tracing products.