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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 6.4.13

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Seed, The Ultimate Weapon

Commentary on how use of biotechnology and genetic engineering in agriculture impacts the global food supply—all from control of the lowly seed

Over the past 30 years, the seed industry has experienced considerable consolidation. Now, according to The Farmer to Farmer Campaign on a Genetic Engineering, only 10 U.S. companies account for over two-thirds of the world’s seed for major crops, including corn, soybeans, canola, and cotton. The top four biotechnology or biotech companies in the industry alone account for approximately 43 percent of the global seed market, which notably includes both genetically modified (GM or GMOs) and...

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False Negatives for Common Pathogens Frequent in Food Laboratory Assessment

Retrospective study found false negative rates as high as 9 percent on average for certain pathogens

The accuracy of food microbiology laboratory testing for common pathogens “remains problematic,” according to a review of proficiency test results over a period of 14 years. The average percentage of false negative results in the review of almost 40,000 results was more than 5 percent for several common pathogens, researchers reported at the American Society for Microbiology meeting, May 18-21, in Denver.

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