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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 8.13.2013

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Structure of Chinese Milk Contaminant Determined

Publication of crystal structure of melamine cyanurate may facilitate detection in foods

The crystal structure of melamine cyanurate, the chemical thought to be the culprit in the 2008 contamination of milk that sickened some 300,000 Chinese infants, has been described by scientists in the U.K. The publication, which corrects a previous report on the crystal structure, may allow the design of better tests to detect melamine in food products.

FDA Guidance on Preventing Salmonella in Free-Range Chicken

Some animal rights advocates question if ‘free range’ poultry really are ‘free’

In late July, the FDA issued guidance for Salmonella prevention measures involving eggs from free-range hens, the last of three groups to come under 2009’s Egg Safety Rule. According to the guidance, which is still in a comment period, producers who keep outdoor-access chickens (including those certified as organic by the FDA) are required to take steps to keep wild birds, cats, rodents, and other animals that can be vectors for disease, out of the indoor sections and porches of poultry houses.

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