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Dec 02, 2014

E-Tongues Promising for Testing Food, Beverage Safety

Electronic “tongues” or e-tongues have been the focus of research for several years, with applications for sampling wine, screening for bacteria and contamination in production, distinguishing between different varieties of beer, or evaluating milk and dairy products. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a grant to University of Massachusetts Lowell for continued development of an e-tongue to test water and beverages for lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic, as well as heavy metals.

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Dec 02, 2014

New Tool to Assess Vulnerabilities for Food Fraud

A few weeks ago, the USP pre-released the “Guidance on Food Fraud Mitigation” document that offers a framework for the food industry and regulators to develop and implement preventive management systems to deal specifically with economically-motivated fraudulent adulteration of food ingredients.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: SPECIAL FEATURE: Removing Beerstone from Beer

Dec 02, 2014

SPECIAL FEATURE: Removing Beerstone from Beer

Beer contains 90 percent water and is the most important ingredient in determining its flavor. Water contains calcium and is an essential mineral to the brewing process. The levels of calcium in local water have determined the type of beer produced. The different types of beer whether a light lager or a porter are for the most part due to the water profiles of the areas that made the styles famous.

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Nov 18, 2014

Lawsuits Filed Against FDA’s Approval of Controversial Animal Drugs

Two different lawsuits have been filed by groups that include the Center for Food Safety and the Humane Society of the United States against the U.S. FDA for approving several controversial drugs used in food production without fully examining how they affect people, animals, and the environment. The products targeted in the lawsuits are based on ractopamine, which is fed to farm animals to cause rapid weight gain.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: SPECIAL FEATURE: Recipe for Modernized Food Safety System - What’s the Missing Key Ingredient?

Nov 18, 2014

SPECIAL FEATURE: Recipe for Modernized Food Safety System - What’s the Missing Key Ingredient?

With the birth of the FSMA, the FDA has been armed with the necessary sanction to streamline the food safety system in the U.S. It has since issued seven proposed rules to farmers, manufacturers, and importers aimed at ensuring that our food is safe for consumption and that the issues of maintaining a global marketplace will be reduced, or at least well-managed.

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Nov 18, 2014

How Modernized is the U.S. Meat Inspection System?

The U.S. should require meat and poultry slaughter facilities to collect better information on the status of animals and flocks, and regularly monitor data on plant performance, says “Meat and Poultry Inspection 2.0,” a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts and the CSPI that compares U.S. meat and poultry inspection practices with those in five other countries that recently made changes to their meat and inspection programs.

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Nov 04, 2014

COOL Jeopardizes Relationships with Key Trading Partners

On October 20, the World Trade Organization released its compliance panel report regarding the revised U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. The results from the report found COOL to indeed be in violation of global trade rules that require imports to be treated no less favorably than domestic products.

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Nov 04, 2014

Recalled Supplements Still Contain Banned Ingredients

The U.S. FDA uses class I drug recalls to remove dietary supplements adulterated with pharmaceutical ingredients that can cause potential health risks. However, researchers recently analyzed 27 recalled dietary supplements and found that one or more pharmaceutical adulterants was identified in approximately 66 percent of these products that were still available for purchase at least six months after initial recall.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: SPECIAL FEATURE: Silver’s Role in Disinfection

Nov 04, 2014

SPECIAL FEATURE: Silver’s Role in Disinfection

For centuries, silver has offered an alternative use as an antimicrobial—an agent that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Specifically, Silver Dihydrogen Citrate (SDC) has the capability to usher in a new era of effectiveness in killing germs on hard surfaces and opening a range of opportunities for which silver and SDC-based products can be used.

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Oct 21, 2014

Could Simple pH Test Detect Foodborne Pathogens?

Could that omnipresent tool of high school chemistry labs—litmus paper, which indicates if a liquid solution is acidic or basic—be harnessed as perhaps the simplest assay yet for foodborne pathogens? Researchers were able to correlate levels of E. coli bacteria with pH values represented by the changing color of the litmus paper.

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