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Aug 13, 2013

Structure of Chinese Milk Contaminant Determined

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.

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Aug 13, 2013

FDA Guidance on Preventing Salmonella in Free-Range Chicken

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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Aug 06, 2013

Meat, Livestock Groups Seek Injunction Against Country-of-Origin Labeling

Following up on a lawsuit filed in early July, a group of meat and livestock trade organizations asked a federal court on July 26 to grant an injunction against the implementation of the USDA’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) regulations...The rule is “arbitrary and capricious, offering little benefit to consumers while fundamentally altering the meat and poultry industry,” according to a statement.

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Aug 06, 2013

FDA Publishes 2 FSMA Rules; Asks for Extension on 2 More

The foreign supplier verification rule requires that imported foods meet the same safety standards as domestically-produced foods, and put the burden of meeting those standards on the importing companies, which will have to prove their foreign suppliers have adequate controls in place...But some hurdles still stand in the way of full FSMA implementation.

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Jul 23, 2013

Industrial Farm Workers More Likely to Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph

Workers at industrial livestock operations are much more likely than workers at antibiotic-free livestock companies to carry livestock-associated strains of Staphylococcus aureus, as well as multidrug-resistant S. aureus, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Jul 23, 2013

Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Prompts Cheese Recall

A multistate outbreak of listeriosis has led to the recall of several cheese products by a Wisconsin manufacturer. At least five people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes were hospitalized; the illness resulted in one death and a miscarriage by a pregnant woman, according to the CDC. The products had been distributed nationwide through retail and foodservice outlets and by mail-order, according to the company.

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Jul 16, 2013

USP Proposes Identity Standard for Pomegranate Juice

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has proposed a number of updates to the Food Chemical Codex (FCC), including the first example of a new type of resource, the FCC Identity Standard, designed to help food scientists verify the identity of complex food ingredients.The newly introduced identity standards will provide tests to confirm that a product is what it purports to be, as well as tests for substances that should not be found in an authentic product, according to the USP. The first proposed FCC...

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: Food Safety Market to Top $14,030 Million in Five Years

Jul 16, 2013

Food Safety Market to Top $14,030 Million in Five Years

The global food safety testing market will reach over $14,000 million in revenue, at a growth rate of 7.2 percent annually, by 2018, according to a new report from the Dallas-based global market research company MarketsandMarkets. This compares with $9,262.3 million in 2012. North America has 40 percent of that market share, and will reach more than $4,000 million by 2018, the report predicted.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: Detecting BADGE in Canned Tuna: An Application Note

Jul 16, 2013

Detecting BADGE in Canned Tuna: An Application Note

Metal cans are often coated with a resin barrier to prevent contact between food and the can. Components from these coatings can migrate into the food affecting its safety and quality. Polyepoxyphenol coatings on the inside of cans based on bisphenol A epoxy resins can release the epoxy monomer bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) into food. Bisphenol A and its derivatives are considered as endocrine disruptors. Both E.U. and U.S. have set regulations on the limit of BADGE migration into food at 1 mg/Kg.

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Jul 02, 2013

USDA Inspector General Finds Fault in Swine Slaughter Oversight

An audit of the inspection and enforcement activities of the USDA’s FSIS at swine slaughter plants identified multiple deficiencies, according to a recent report released in May. Among the report’s findings: FSIS’s enforcement actions do not deter repeat violations, inspectors do not always follow inspection protocols, and inspectors do not always take enforcement actions against humane handling violations at slaughter plants.

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