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Features: USDA Sponsors 3-year, $9.4 Million Produce Research

A three-year, $9.4 million USDA-sponsored study aimed at developing scientific evidence to support food safety standards for the production of tomatoes and leafy greens will be the largest of its kind in the fresh produce industry, according to the study’s lead investigator, Robert Buchanan, PhD, director of the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3) at the University of Maryland.

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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.

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Features: Fight Against Pre-Harvest Pathogens in Beef Highlighted

“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: Critical Clues from Clams

When William Lyman Underwood (1864-1929) sought advice about swollen cans of food from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor William T. Sedgwick in late 1895, he planted the seed for research that would become the scientific underpinnings of canned food safety.

Features: Manage the Extreme Cold Chain

Increased globalization and remote sourcing in the food industry have brought options and convenience closer to home for many consumers. Yet the boost in imports and exports of commodities has created new challenges for suppliers, shippers, and retailers. With the perishables industry constantly expanding, physical distances and shipping conditions are critical considerations in the supply chain.

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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.

Features: Smartphone Technology Used to Detect Contamination

Most tests for foodborne contamination are designed to detect one pathogen at a time.

Features: Canadian Food Safety Mandate Leads to More Recalls

Canadians refer to it simply as “the Maple Leaf outbreak.”

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