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Fluctuating Trends Found in Antimicrobial Resistance

The NARMS 2011 Executive Report summarizes data previously released by FDA, the CDC, and USDA, and focuses on resistance to antibiotics important in human medicine and multidrug resistance. Among the positive trends is a decline in the five-drug resistance pattern called ACSSuT in Salmonella Typhimurium.

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U.S. Ranks Among Top 10 Safety Violators; But What’s the Context?

A report released in early August by the global food safety monitoring firm Food Sentry puts the U.S. among the top 10 countries exporting “violative” food items—that is, items found to be in violation of the inspecting country’s regulatory scheme, whether due to pesticide contamination, pathogens, unsanitary conditions, or other problems.

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Case Study: Improving Food Inspection Process in Florida

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mobile field inspection operation began facing challenges several years ago as its field equipment reached end of service life. The handheld devices inspectors operated to conduct food safety inspections were being discontinued, and the inkjet printers they used for printing out onsite inspection results were not compatible with newer electronic devices.

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With the right training, employees can significantly impact an organization’s ability to improve performance and reduce risk. Learn how LRQA links training with certification to verify that learning objectives translate into business performance improvement of your management systems.

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Detecting and Measuring Microbial (Unicellular Yeast) Growth on Food Products using Loss‐On‐Drying Moisture Analysis

The outcome of this investigation will offer new insights on a novel loss‐on‐drying approach to bioactivity measurement in food industries who wish to expand their breadth of microbial testing.

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From Saccharin to Stevia: Advances in Sweetener Analysis

Time: 8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT / 15:00 GMT   Sweeteners, naturally derived or man-made, are compounds used to duplicate the taste of sugar, but typically contain a fraction of the calories. Many of these sweeteners, especially those derived from carbohydrates or containing carbohydrate subunits, lack a sufficiently active chromophore to be sensitively measured by HPLC with UV detection. Additionally, naturally derived sweeteners, such as stevia, contain many structurally similar compounds, which...

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Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshop (Denver, Colo.)

Participants learn best practices and practical approaches for pathogen control through short lectures and hands-on small group sessions which include microbial swabbing techniques and strategies, evaluating sanitary design, and developing standard sanitation operating procedures (SSOPs). The workshop will help attendees understand how to build HACCP pre-requisite programs and prepare the attendees for new Preventive Controls requirements of FSMA. Significant learning comes from student interactions with...

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