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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 6.28.11

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E. Coli Outbreaks Point to Need for More Research, Expert Says

Pina Fratamico, PhD, calls for whole-genome sequencing

Although they appear unrelated to each other and involve different strains of the bacteria, recent E. coli outbreaks in Germany and the U.S. underscore how much scientists still have to learn about this pathogen, said U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Pina Fratamico, PhD.

Importers Resisting Call for Catfish Inspections

FFIS definition of catfish is key

As the Office of Catfish Inspection Programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) prepares to implement a new requirement for the inspection of farm-raised catfish, a responsibility that’s moving to the USDA from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Asian importers are resisting calls for a broad definition of just what counts as a “catfish” for inspection purposes.

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