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News: GM Food Acceptable to Consumers Informed About Health Benefit

Consumers were willing to spend more money for genetically modified potato products when they received educational material about the health benefits of the modification, according to study. Researchers examined the participants’ willingness to pay more when informed that the genetically modified versions reduce the formation of acrylamide.

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News: The Cumin Scandal: Accidental or Fraudulent

The ongoing recall of cumin and cumin-containing foods due to undeclared peanuts or almonds is almost certainly the result of purposeful EMA, food safety experts believe. About 700 different products have been recalled by more than 40 manufacturers and retailers in the U.S. alone since late last year.

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News: Source Attribution Model Finds Most E. coli O157 Outbreaks Linked To Beef, Vegetable Row Crops

Three federal agencies have developed a new method for analyzing the foods from 17 broad categories responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks from 1998 to 2012 that were caused by Salmonella, E coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. The pathogens were selected because of the frequency or severity of the illnesses they cause and because targeted interventions can have a significant impact in reducing them.

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News: Illnesses Linked with Raw Milk Increasing in U.S., Europe

Serious illnesses linked with consumption of nonpasteurized milk have increased in recent years, with most caused by Campylobacter spp. Although reports of illness associated with raw milk are publicized, interest in nonpasteurized milk continues.

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News: Preventing Peanut Allergies with Peanuts

A recent clinical trial found that feeding peanut products to infants who are at high risk of developing peanut allergies was safe and actually led to an 81 percent reduction in developing peanut allergies.

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News: DNA Barcode Testing of Herbal Supplements Questioned

Validity of DNA barcode testing of supplements that contain herbal extracts is being questioned following the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s order that four retailers in the state discontinue selling their store-brand products. DNA barcoding showed that only 21 percent of the store-brand supplements contain the plants listed on the labels and that many products do not contain any DNA from a botanical source.

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News: Food Dyes Show Promise as Quality Probes

Food dyes may be useful for more than just giving your cherry Jell-O that vivid red hue. In research described at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society in early February, a team of food scientists from Rutgers University in New Jersey has found that common food dyes have the potential for use as edible probes of food quality.

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News: Metagenomics Research Aims to Protect Food

A collaboration between Mars Inc. and IBM will merge the skills of both companies to investigate the genetic fingerprints of bacteria, fungi, or viruses that are impacting the safety of the global food supply. This collaboration, called the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, was announced in January.

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News: A Single Food Safety Agency: Could It Work?

In his 2016 budget plan, President Barack Obama proposed consolidating the food safety oversight now under the purview of the FDA and the Agriculture Department’s FSIS into a single new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency would direct food safety inspections, enforcement, applied research, and responses to food-poisoning outbreaks.

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News: No Health Risk with BPA Exposure at Current Levels

The European Food Safety Authority has determined that current levels of exposure to BPA pose no health risk to any population group, including pregnant women, the elderly, unborn children, infants, and adolescents. BPA is a chemical compound used in some polycarbonate plastic food contact materials, including reusable plastic tableware, metal can coatings, water bottles, and cosmetics.

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