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On May 25, several environmental and health advocacy groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to stop the large-scale use of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed, claiming that this practice causes the development of drug-resistant bacteria that are dangerous to humans.
Features: Lessons from the German E. Coli Outbreak
Germany’s recent enormous E. coli outbreak points to the need to better identify and understand the virulence genes involved with this pathogen, said Pina Fratamico, PhD, a lead researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Food Safety who has worked to draw attention to lesser-known types of E. coli.
The first two rules established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in January, will take effect July 3
Nearly nine out of 10 consumers are “completely” or “somewhat” confident that the food they buy in the supermarket is safe, according to the latest U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends Survey.
Features: Produce Industry Creating Audit Standard
The produce industry is nearing a single food safety audit standard, announced David Gombas, PhD, senior vice president of food safety and technology for the United Fresh Produce Association United Fresh Produce Association, at the association’s 2011 meeting May 4.
Features: New Standards for School Lunches
In the wake of a 2010 report that found that the quality of food purchased for the federal school lunch program was lower that that of foods found at fast food restaurants, school districts have implemented a number of new food safety practices — in some cases exceeding federal requirements, says a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
A new fluorescent test system called a DNAzyme sensor, developed by researchers at Toronto’s McMaster University, may speed up and simplify the detection of pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli by hunting for the metabolic DNA byproducts left behind by these bacteria.
Campylobacter tainted poultry tops the list of food-and-pathogen combinations that account for the greatest burdens on public health, according to a new report from the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, released April 28.
Experts question significance of staph findings
USDA developing tests for serogroups of 0157