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News: Researchers: FDA Transgenic Salmon Review Flawed

The review process being used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess the safety of a faster-growing transgenic salmon fails to weigh the full effects of the fish’s widespread production, according to analysis by a Duke University-led team in a recent issue of Science.

News: Heavy Metals in Seafood

European Union (EU) researchers conducting an experiment in which 57 laboratories from 29 countries volunteered to test for the presence of heavy metals in seafood found that most of the labs came up with similar results, thus underscoring the efficacy of the tests.

News: Chemist Tests Pomegranate Juice Authenticity

You pick up a bottle of pomegranate juice at the store because you’ve learned that, although it costs more than most juices, it is replete with antioxidants that bring health benefits. But wait: Is the juice you’ve purchased really pomegranate juice? Or is the product label you have carefully read promising more than it delivers?

News: Despite Senate Passage, Food Safety Bill in Limbo

After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) passed in the U.S. Senate by a bipartisan vote of 73-25 on Nov. 30, the next step was supposed to be a quick trip back to the House of Representatives, which would vote to adopt the Senate’s version of the legislation. Instead, the bill is languishing after a last-minute rules snafu.

News: Decline in Farm Animal Vets Threatens Food Safety

The demand for large animal veterinarians in the food industry is rising much faster than the supply, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

News: New Public-Private Produce Safety Alliance

A new Produce Safety Alliance, housed at Cornell University in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will provide growers and packagers with the fundamental educational tools they need to ensure safe production, harvesting, and packing practices in advance of a proposed produce safety regulation.

News: Chemicals in Wrappers Can Migrate Into Foods

Regulatory agencies interested in controlling exposure

News: Study: Consumers Seek Food Safety Certification

A new study by Michigan State University’s Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources tracks emerging concerns about food safety among consumers. For the study, “Food Safety Certification: A Study of Food Safety in the U.S. Supply Chain,” more than 400 consumers and 75 food companies were surveyed. DNV, a provider of food safety certification services, sponsored the study.

News: U.S. Trade Partners Improving Produce Safety Standards

Five of the countries from which the U.S. receives the lion’s share of its produce imports have taken significant steps to modernize their food safety systems over the past several years, according to a report released in late September by the Produce Safety Project at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

News: Yogurt = Mayonnaise = $$$

Like turning lead into gold, making mayonnaise out of yogurt has presented scientists with some challenges. But unlike alchemists of old who failed to achieve transmutation, Utah State University doctoral candidates Subash Shrestha and Ranjeeta Wadhwani prevailed in their quest to produce a tasty, dairy-based sandwich spread. Their achievement netted them a $10,000 prize in the New Product Development Competition at the Idaho Milk Processors Association’s annual conference, held August 11-13 in Sun...

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