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Oct 14, 2014

No Differences in Livestock Eating GMO Food, Review Finds

Livestock raised on feed that contains genetically modified ingredients—in other words, approximately 95 percent of the food-producing animals in the U.S. today—show no signs of differences in performance or health, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California-Davis. They also found no differences in the nutritional makeup of the food products derived from these animals.

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Oct 07, 2014

FDA Revisions to FSMA Proposals Add Flexibility

Proposed revisions to four rules in the FDA FSMA are intended to make the original proposals more flexible and practical. The revisions are based on comments received from farmers and others directly affected by the original proposals, and the revisions are now open to public comment.

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Oct 07, 2014

Food Safety Contest Offering $500,000 Prize Pool

The FDA is hoping that the prospect of $500,000 in prizes will spur the development of “potential breakthrough ideas” in foodborne pathogen detection—specifically, detecting Salmonella in fresh produce.

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Sep 23, 2014

Could ‘Smart Chopsticks’ Warn of Food Contamination?

It sounds tantalizing, a utensil that alerts you if something’s wrong with the food you’re about to eat. That’s the pitch made by Chinese search engine company Baidu—that nation’s equivalent of Google—about its new prototype “smart chopsticks.” Named “Kuaisou,” the prototype version of the chopsticks can allegedly identify the quality of cooking oil, a big issue in China, where smaller restaurants often use cheaper oil dredged from sewers and...

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Sep 23, 2014

Promising Step Toward Curtailing Pest Infestations in Tree Nut Orchards

Investigators at the Agricultural Research Service and almond industry in California have developed a new attractant to help almond growers monitor populations of the navel orangeworm moth. The attractant can be used to determine moth numbers during orchard treatments that are intended to disrupt the mating cycle of the moth or used as a monitoring tool during normal orchard operations.

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Sep 16, 2014

FDA Internal Review: Update ‘Redbook’ to Reflect Current Science

The FDA has completed a chemical safety assessment review focusing on the scientific capacity, efficiency, and management of its chemical safety resources. As a result of the review within CFSAN and the Center for Veterinary Medicine, the agency will update the FDA’s Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients (the so-called “Redbook”), the guidance document used primarily by CFSAN for evaluation of human food products.

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Sep 16, 2014

NMR ‘Fingerprint’ Could Detect Organic Food Fraud

All it takes is a quick trip down the nearest grocery store produce aisle to know that organic food comes at a significant markup over nonorganic versions of the same products. The global organic food market is a $62 billion business. But are consumers forking over an extra couple of dollars (or more) per pound for those organic apples or peaches getting what they’re paying for?

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: SPECIAL FEATURE: Changing Methods for the Measurement of Dietary Fiber

Sep 16, 2014

SPECIAL FEATURE: Changing Methods for the Measurement of Dietary Fiber

In its simplest terms, dietary fiber content in a sample is measured in the laboratory by what is called an enzymatic-gravimetric method. After defatting, a food sample is treated with enzymes that mimic the digestive process in the human small intestine. Digestible carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars and removed from the sample by precipitation using ethanol followed by filtration.

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Sep 09, 2014

Food Safety Courses Begin for Edible Marijuana Makers, Vendors

Food safety violations have been reported at edible marijuana manufacturers and vendors in Denver this year, with the city’s department of environmental health inspections finding more than 200 critical violations at over 100 facilities. In response, the National Cannabis Industry Association has launched food safety and handling courses specifically designed for people working in this new market.

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Sep 09, 2014

Guidance on Allergen Controls for Retail Coming Soon

AFDO will finalize the ad-hoc committee charged with developing the document within the next several weeks. It will include 26 representatives from federal, state, and local governments, as well as the retail industry, the Food Marketing Institute, and Food Allergy Research and Education.

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