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Despite being stalled in the Senate, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, which would give the FDA greater authority in ordering recalls of contaminated food, is propelling insurance companies to offer coverage for such recalls, an industry insider said.
A panel of scientific advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met September 19-20 to evaluate findings from staff concluding that genetically engineered salmon from Aqua Bounty Technologies Inc. are safe to eat and pose little risk to the environment.
Scientists at University College in Cork, Ireland, have deciphered at least part of the puzzle behind Listeria’s virulence and unpredictability.
Newly sworn-in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen, MD, should make an expanded assault on Escherichia coli, one of her top priorities for her first few months in the position, said an attorney who has litigated foodborne illnesses since 1993.
Using a combination of digital imaging and spectroscopy known as hyperspectral imaging, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found a way to distinguish Campylobacter from other microorganisms within 24 hours.
Novel processes utilized in food safety programs at both the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Advanced Food Technology Project were discussed at the July 2010 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago. Presented at the same symposium, two commonalities emerged for these seemingly disparate environments: The loss of personnel to foodborne illness may jeopardize a mission, and food...
The initial findings of the Reportable Food Registry, presented via teleconference in late July, revealed 125 primary reports regarding incidents affecting food safety. “We’re putting out this report [now] so that the public can know what we’re learning,” said Michael R. Taylor, JD, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Over time, we hope that this will build a body of information that can be useful for tracking trends and understanding...
A new paper that inhibits the growth of bacteria in food products could extend product shelf life and protect consumers from bacteria-causing foodborne illnesses. Overcoming the concerns associated with earlier antibacterial materials, this paper is nontoxic, environmentally friendly, and low in cost. The relatively simple processing of this antibacterial material suggests it may be commercially viable for food packaging methods in the near future.
Of the 734 foodborne disease outbreaks with known etiologies in 2007, Norovirus and Salmonella accounted for the lion’s share of reports, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported in the Aug. 13 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) .
Scientists at the University of Washington have discovered a mechanism that may explain part of the organism’s ability to respond to inhospitable conditions. By selectively altering its production of proteins in a manner not previously recognized, Salmonella can change both its susceptibility to antibiotics and its level of virulence.