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A report released in early August by the global food safety monitoring firm Food Sentry puts the U.S. among the top 10 countries exporting “violative” food items—that is, items found to be in violation of the inspecting country’s regulatory scheme, whether due to pesticide contamination, pathogens, unsanitary conditions, or other problems.
The recent occurrence of tainted meat in China highlights the ongoing challenge of ensuring oversight and quality in food supply chains. An agreement signed in late July between a U.S. university and a food safety research center in China should help expand efforts to increase food safety in China and worldwide.
Five food journalists have been subpoenaed by Beef Products in its defamation lawsuit against ABC News over its reporting about the meat product referred to as “lean, finely textured beef” by industry but dubbed “pink slime” in the popular press.
Cinnamomum cassia oil, a spice widely used in Asian cuisine, could be a promising antimicrobial for the food industry because of its efficacy in inhibiting the top six non-O157 Escherichia coli STEC bacteria.
Concluding that voluntary recordkeeping has not been “sufficiently effective,” the USDA has issued a proposed recordkeeping rule for all makers of raw ground beef products, which would require them to keep detailed information on all their meat sources.
A California law that would have prohibited employees at retail food facilities and bars from coming into direct contact with exposed, ready-to-eat food was repealed by the California Legislature only days before local health agencies were expected to start enforcing the new rule on July 1.
Ten months ago, the Greek yogurt company Chobani voluntarily pulled 35 flavors of its popular yogurt off supermarket shelves after the FDA received multiple consumer reports of gastrointestinal symptoms after eating mold-tainted yogurt. The number of reports reached more than 200.
Researchers looking for novel pathways to attack Salmonella and treat Salmonellosis, the unpleasant and sometimes deadly intestinal disease that it causes, haven’t focused much attention on nutrient sources. It’s been considered a fairly fruitless exercise: Most bacteria can grow on any of a number of nutrients, so if you get rid of one, they just gobble up another. But it turns out that Salmonella is a very picky eater.
An inexpensive and simple process for producing sparkling wine using a magnetic separation method reduces the time and energy traditionally required to make champagne and other sparking white wines using the méthode champenoise, according to the research team that invented the new method in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Guidance documents issued by the FDA in late June describe the agency’s “current thinking” on its approach to regulation of nanotechnology products, including its use in food production. The FDA states that use of nanotechnology is not “intrinsically benign or harmful.”