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News: Lawsuits Filed Against FDA’s Approval of Controversial Animal Drugs

Two different lawsuits have been filed by groups that include the Center for Food Safety and the Humane Society of the United States against the U.S. FDA for approving several controversial drugs used in food production without fully examining how they affect people, animals, and the environment. The products targeted in the lawsuits are based on ractopamine, which is fed to farm animals to cause rapid weight gain.

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Features: SPECIAL FEATURE: Recipe for Modernized Food Safety System - What’s the Missing Key Ingredient?

With the birth of the FSMA, the FDA has been armed with the necessary sanction to streamline the food safety system in the U.S. It has since issued seven proposed rules to farmers, manufacturers, and importers aimed at ensuring that our food is safe for consumption and that the issues of maintaining a global marketplace will be reduced, or at least well-managed.

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News: How Modernized is the U.S. Meat Inspection System?

The U.S. should require meat and poultry slaughter facilities to collect better information on the status of animals and flocks, and regularly monitor data on plant performance, says “Meat and Poultry Inspection 2.0,” a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts and the CSPI that compares U.S. meat and poultry inspection practices with those in five other countries that recently made changes to their meat and inspection programs.

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News: COOL Jeopardizes Relationships with Key Trading Partners

On October 20, the World Trade Organization released its compliance panel report regarding the revised U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. The results from the report found COOL to indeed be in violation of global trade rules that require imports to be treated no less favorably than domestic products.

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News: Recalled Supplements Still Contain Banned Ingredients

The U.S. FDA uses class I drug recalls to remove dietary supplements adulterated with pharmaceutical ingredients that can cause potential health risks. However, researchers recently analyzed 27 recalled dietary supplements and found that one or more pharmaceutical adulterants was identified in approximately 66 percent of these products that were still available for purchase at least six months after initial recall.

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News: SPECIAL FEATURE: Silver’s Role in Disinfection

For centuries, silver has offered an alternative use as an antimicrobial—an agent that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Specifically, Silver Dihydrogen Citrate (SDC) has the capability to usher in a new era of effectiveness in killing germs on hard surfaces and opening a range of opportunities for which silver and SDC-based products can be used.

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News: Could Simple pH Test Detect Foodborne Pathogens?

Could that omnipresent tool of high school chemistry labs—litmus paper, which indicates if a liquid solution is acidic or basic—be harnessed as perhaps the simplest assay yet for foodborne pathogens? Researchers were able to correlate levels of E. coli bacteria with pH values represented by the changing color of the litmus paper.

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News: Pathogens in Pet Foods Indicate Need for More Rigorous Testing

A scoop of raw dog or cat food may also come with a serving of pathogens, posing potential risk to both pets and their human caretakers. Recent research investigated samples of raw dog and cat foods, exotic animal food, and jerky-type treats for presence of food safety pathogens.

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Features: SPECIAL FEATURE: The Link Between SR&ED and Quality Assurance and Food Safety

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit claim program isn’t solely concerned with R&D: Eligible SR&ED costs and claims may be initiated, supported, or documented in other operational areas, especially quality assurance and food safety.

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News: National Efforts Focus on Reducing Antibiotic Resistance

Growing concerns about antibiotic-resistant bacteria are outlined in a recent report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, in a White House National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic Bacteria, and in a Presidential Executive Order. All aim at directing national and international attention toward correction action, including changes in antibiotic use in food production.

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