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Nov 05, 2013

Breast Milk Obtained Through Internet Sites Frequently Contaminated

Samples of human breast milk purchased through Internet milk-sharing sites were frequently contaminated with pathogenic bacteria and exhibited high overall bacterial growth, a recent study found. Consumption of milk obtained from these largely unregulated websites can introduce risks for infants, especially those born preterm or with immunecompromised status, the lead researcher says.

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Nov 05, 2013

Speeding Up the Concentration Step in Food-Pathogen Detection

One of the most stubborn bottlenecks in rapid detection and identification of foodborne pathogens has long been the very first step: Concentration of enough cells to accurately identify the pathogen. Current standard methods of cell concentration take about 24 hours, but a new method developed by researchers at Purdue University could cut that time to as little as one hour.

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Oct 18, 2013

Food Safety Issues Highlighted During Government Shutdown

President Obama signed a bill on October 17 to reopen the federal government and end the 16-day shutdown. Throughout the partial federal government shutdown, food safety issues occupied prominent spots in the pages of the nation’s newspapers.

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Oct 18, 2013

What do Jensen Farms Criminal Charges Mean for Industry?

The latest developments in the case now has the two owners filing a lawsuit blaming a food-safety auditor that didn't pick up safety problems and gave the farm a "superior" rating a month before the outbreak. The Jensens are expected to plead guilty on October 22 under a deal with federal prosecutors.

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Oct 08, 2013

Bird Flu Strains Could Re-Emerge in Upcoming Flu Season

Avian influenza viruses continue to pose threats to human and animal health, and vigilance is necessary to prevent their spread through the food chain, officials at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations say in a warning issued last month in advance of the upcoming flu season.

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Oct 08, 2013

New Global Food Traceability Center to Unite Stakeholders

The Institute of Food Technologists officially launched its new Global Food Traceability Center with a press conference on September 11 that featured representatives from four of the main stakeholder groups that will be involved in the center: Government, industry, consumers, and the international sphere. “Our vision is to become the global resource and authoritative voice on food tracing,” says William Fisher, IFT vice president of science and policy initiatives.

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Oct 01, 2013

Report Points Up Lack of Oversight on Food Dating

The “sell by,” “use by,” and other types of dating on food products are poorly regulated, and the dates are widely misinterpreted by consumers, leading to false confidence in food safety, a new report suggests. More consistent nationwide standards for these dates are needed, as well as clearer, more transparent definitions for the terms used, the report authors indicate.

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Oct 01, 2013

Is Fracking a Food Safety Hazard?

The author of the first peer-reviewed study on the implications of hydraulic fracturing for the health of farm animals has warned U.K. planners to halt plans to expand fracking in Britain until the food safety implications of the practice can be assessed. Robert Oswald, PhD, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, previously published a report that linked dozens of cases of illness, death, and reproductive problems in livestock to gas drilling...

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Oct 01, 2013

Will the Proposed Import Rules Cause Big Impact for Little Companies?

Given the huge responsibility now being put on small- and medium-sized companies to insure the safety of their imported food, it is obvious the risk of doing business has just gone up considerably, along with the cost. Even if the supplier is in a county where FDA approves the food safety system, and even if the local government provides the inspectors, it is reasonable to expect there will be a cost for the resulting report and that cost is likely whether the inspector is from the government or is a...

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Sep 24, 2013

FDA Analysis Shows No Short-Term Health Effects from Arsenic in Rice

An FDA analysis has found no short-term health risks from the presence of arsenic in rice and rice products. Comprehensive analysis of potential health risks from long-term exposure is ongoing. Simultaneously, the U.S. rice industry is undertaking its own investigations to better understand whether and how levels of arsenic in rice can be impacted.

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