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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 1.21.14

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New Tools to Help Detect Melamine in Skim Milk Powder

USP posts new standard and reference materials for comment

A newly proposed standard and associated supportive reference materials for authentication of skim milk powder were posted December 31 by the USP for public review and comment. Development of the proposed tools, aimed at preventing economic adulteration of skim milk powder with melamine and other nitrogen-rich materials, was prompted by the reports of melamine contamination of milk products in China, according to a USP official.

Biocides in Food Industry May Strengthen Pathogens’ Resistance

Improper use of biocides might be endangering public health

Biocides used at sub-lethal doses in the food industry, with the goal of enhancing hygiene and food safety, may be having precisely the opposite effect—instead increasing pathogens’ resistance to antibiotics and promoting their ability to form biofilms (a major virulence factor for human infections), according to new research from Spanish scientists.

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