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Features: FDA May Modify Rule on Arsenic in Juice
In the wake of a Consumer Reports study that found levels of arsenic that exceeded the federal standards for bottled water (10 parts per billion, or ppb) in about 10% of sampled apple and grape juices, the FDA has said it will consider tightening its restrictions on arsenic levels in juice.
Features: Study to Assess Pastured Poultry Safety
On average, some 1,500 broiler chickens are sold each year by pastured poultry farms—small enterprises that raise the birds in open-air pens or free-range environments, giving them an antibiotic-free, organic diet that’s USDA-certified.
“Imperfect” but potentially effective technologies to control foodborne pathogens in beef pre-harvest are now available to government and industry, according to experts at a Nov. 9 meeting on pre-harvest pathogen control convened by the FSIS, the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service, and the Agricultural Research Service.
Features: Genome Testing Pinpoints Pathogens
A new genomic test from Cornell University scientists can accurately detect the pathogenic culprit in outbreaks of foodborne illness and rapidly differentiate between outbreak-related and non-outbreak-related cases.
Features: Laser Tests Freshness of Packaged Food
New laser technology developed in Sweden can detect the gas composition inside packaged foods and determine the items’ freshness, say researchers from Lund University.
Most tests for foodborne contamination are designed to detect one pathogen at a time.
Canadians refer to it simply as “the Maple Leaf outbreak.”
The FDA failed to take into account risks to pregnant women and children when it issued reports indicating that Gulf seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, suggests a new article by researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that appeared in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Features: FDA Grants to Fund Food Safety Training
Grants to seven educational institutions from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will fund food safety training programs to help improve responses to foodborne illness outbreaks and other events, according to officials at grant recipient institutions.
The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) received a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help strengthen interagency collaboration in the national food safety system, the AFDO announced.