From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 07.27.10
Finding may apply to range of fruits
Adding a yeast gene to tomatoes increased production of a compound that slows aging and delays microbial decay, researchers at Purdue University reported. High levels of the polyamine spermidine increased the shelf life of tomatoes and may do the same for other fruits, allowing delivery of fresh fruits to areas they do not normally reach, the researchers suggested.
Intends to reduce development of drug-resistant strains
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance calling for the “judicious use” of antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals. The document, released June 28, calls for use of antibiotics only under veterinary oversight and when necessary for ensuring animal health.
Study did not address nutritional quality
Commercially available eggs showed no substantial differences from one another in physical quality, no matter what production system was used, a study found. Specialty eggs such as cage-free, fertile, or nutritionally enhanced specialty types showed no differences in physical quality from traditional eggs, the researchers found.