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May 21, 2012

FSIS Will Act on ‘Potential Positive’ E. Coli Tests

Under a new USDA policy, the FSIS will be able to begin investigating cases of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in meat and poultry after receiving “presumptively positive” test results, rather than waiting for those preliminary results to be confirmed positive.

May 21, 2012

FDA Faults Plant Procedures in Pet Food Outbreak

Diamond Pet Foods’ failure to provide an adequate number of handwashing facilities, maintain sanitary equipment, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent Salmonella contamination contributed to illness in at least 16 people in nine states, the FDA said in a May 15 report.

May 14, 2012

Effect of Canada’s Food Inspector Cuts Debated

Plans to cut approximately 100 food inspector positions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency over the next three years—a move projected to save the agency some $56 million—may not have as much impact on the nation’s food safety as has been claimed, according to one Canadian microbiologist and food safety expert.

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May 14, 2012

Garlic Outperforms Antibiotics in Key Function, Study Finds

A compound commonly found in garlic kills Campylobacter jejuni, one of the most common causes of foodborne illness, better than antibiotics, according to researchers at Washington State University in Pullman.

May 04, 2012

Proposed FDA Guidance on Nanomaterials Seen As Flawed

The FDA’s proposed guidance document for the use of nanomaterials as food additives is “a step in the right direction,” said a leading nanotechnology expert, but ultimately leaves the decision about whether or not to consult with the FDA in the hands of industry.

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May 04, 2012

Research Isolates ‘Hypervirulent’ Salmonella Strains

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have identified certain serotypes of Salmonella—among the more than 2,500 strains known to exist—that have the capacity to become “hypervirulent” during the infective process in animals.

Apr 20, 2012

Gold Nanoparticles Can Detect, Zap Salmonella

By attaching pathogen-specific antibodies to vanishingly small gold nanoparticles—so minuscule that 25,000 would fit across the width of a human hair—scientists at Jackson State University in Mississippi can detect various strains of Salmonella with a simple five-minute test.

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Apr 20, 2012

The zNose Knows Ripeness

An electronic nose may hold the secrets to melon ripeness and could provide the answer much more quickly than the previous scientific method—gas chromatography—which takes up to an hour to analyze a single sample.

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Apr 09, 2012

Industry, Experts Await FDA Word on Antibiotics in Livestock

Livestock experts, consumer groups and the food industry are awaiting a response from the FDA on the use of certain antibiotics, including tetracyclines and penicillin, in animal feed, in the wake of a ruling that the FDA must withdraw approval for the use of these antimicrobials unless the manufacturers can prove their safety for this purpose.

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Apr 09, 2012

Ripeness Plays Role in Vulnerability of Produce to Salmonella

Foodborne pathogens attach to fruits in different ways depending on their ripeness, according to researchers from Imperial College London, who presented their work at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Dublin, Ireland, in late March.

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