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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 5.21.13

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The European Food Industry’s Horse Meat Scandal

The need for stronger supply chain security grows as consumer confidence in beef burgers, ready meals, and convenience foods dwindles

Since Irish food inspectors detected horse meat in beef burgers at the end of last year, similar incidents have occurred in 13 European countries. Retailers have removed beef products from their shelves as concern over the contamination and the origin of the horse meat has escalated.

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Evidence-Based Approach to Farm Practices Urged

California study cites environmental impact of some land-use practices

Farm practices meant to improve food safety should rely on science-based management approaches in order to conserve biodiversity in surrounding areas, a recent study suggests. Pressure from produce buyers to adopt additional precautions not mandated by government or industry may damage local ecosystems without clear increases in food safety, the study’s authors say.

Could Radiation Make Seafood Safer?

Researchers pasteurize oysters without chemicals or heat to reduce incidences of norovirus and hepatitis A

Electron-beam pasteurization could reduce the risk of infection with viral pathogens from raw shellfish by 26 percent to 91 percent, depending on the pathogen, according to new research from scientists at Texas A&M University.

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