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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).
An innovative approach to research and development. Strong support for environmental protection and sustainability. A powerful commitment to food safety and quality. Dedication to customer service and satisfaction. Those ingredients earned Mastronardi Produce, a distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables, the 10th-annual Food Quality Award.
Features: Soda Showdown
Caramel coloring is often used to darken food products such as carbonated beverages and soy sauces. Recently, two byproducts of its manufacture—2- and 4-methylimidazoles (2-MI and 4-MI)—have come under scrutiny. Studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and other researchers concluded that there is clear evidence of the carcinogenicity of both chemicals. California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) listed 4-MI as a carcinogen in January with a calculated...
Features: Beyond Just Testing
As food manufacturers and retailers grapple with an ever-growing list of food safety and quality compliance demands, they are looking for ways to better utilize their contract laboratories to help manage these additional compliance requirements.
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
Features: Customer Communication, Simplified
Wondering how to talk about food risk with your customers? Now all the resources that provide guidance on how to do just that can be found on a new website.