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Mar 31, 2012

Embattled BPI Hits Back on “Pink Slime”

Beef Products Inc, primary manufacturer of the ammoniated beef product widely known as “pink slime,” has mounted a concerted effort to clean up the reputation of the company and its product.

Mar 31, 2012

Budget Shortfall a Blow to Food Safety Centers of Excellence

A slowdown in the establishment of federal centers of excellence in food safety mandated by the FSMA “could have an adverse effect on the progress that the U.S. has been making in foodborne disease surveillance,” warned a leading national food safety expert.

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Mar 31, 2012

Ozone-Treated Water Zaps Infectious Prions

Infectious prions, the lethal microbes that cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in animals, can be eradicated with a technique that has long been used to inactivate pathogens in drinking water.

Mar 26, 2012

Consumers Could Pay Big Under Expanded Livestock Regulations

Proposed regulations for the livestock and poultry industries—most prominently those involving animal housing, environmental regulations, the use of antimicrobials and other drugs, livestock trading, and labor regulations—could increase production costs by 10% to 25%, potentially costing consumers as much as $16 billion annually, claims a new report commissioned by the United Soybean Board.

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Mar 26, 2012

Ground Meat and Poultry Now Feature Nutrition Labels

Chopped and ground meat and poultry products now bear the same on-package nutrition labels consumers commonly see on most other packaged foods.

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Mar 09, 2012

Do Nanoparticles Affect Digestion?

Nanoparticles are routinely added to food products and used in food packaging, but the impact they might have on health is still not well understood.

Mar 09, 2012

Genome-Sequencing Sleuth Aimed at New Pathogens

It’s been used to crack the code of some of the most troublesome foodborne illness outbreaks in the world, including the rare and lethal E. coli hybrid strain that began in Germany and spread throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. last summer, as well as the outbreak of listeriosis traced to cantaloupes from Colorado-based Jensen Farms last autumn.

Mar 05, 2012

Expand Microbiological Data Progam, E. Coli Expert Urges

Rather than eliminating the 10-year-old Microbiological Data Program, which tests about 15,000 samples of produce such as sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, and cantaloupe for pathogens annually, the USDA should expand the program, said Alfredo G. Torres, PhD, associate professor in the departments of microbiology and immunology and pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in Texas.

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Mar 05, 2012

Electron-Beam Irradiation Reduces Produce Risk

Electron-beam irradiation can inactivate rotavirus and poliovirus on lettuce and spinach, says a new study from researchers at the National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University in College Station

Feb 27, 2012

FDA User Fees Face Pushback

The Obama administration is asking for an additional $253 million in the FDA’s 2013 budget for the Transforming Food Safety Initiative, which is designed to help the agency implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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