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Over 99 percent of produce products sampled by the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program in 2012 had pesticide residues that fell below tolerance levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report issued by the USDA on February 21. Only 0.53 percent of samples tested (63 of 11,893) had residues above the tolerance limit.
Genotyping of the more than 19,000 soybean accessions in the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection will enable soybean breeders to develop and select seeds for better disease and insect resistance and other traits that are needed for specific field and climate conditions, according to a USDA researcher.
The increased production of genetically modified crops around the globe has led to a higher number of incidents of low levels of GMOs being detected in traded food and feed, according to a FAO survey. As a result, there have been trade disruptions between countries with shipments being blocked by importing countries and destroyed (burned) or returned to the country of origin.
FDA recently entered into a consent decree with the Center for Food Safety that sets firm deadlines for the agency’s submission of final rules implementing the FSMA to the Federal Register for publication.
Last month, the FDA published an interim final rule to further safeguard infant formula in the U.S. The rule, which sets standards for manufacturers to produce safe infant formula that supports healthy growth, is accompanied by two draft guidance documents for industry.
The Consumer Goods Forum's Global Food Safety Conference was held February 26 to 28 in Anaheim, Calif. with a record-breaking attendance of over 1,100 attendees from 50 countries. The annual Conference, now in its 13th year, brings together leading specialists to advance food safety globally. It provides the opportunity for attendees to benefit from various “hot” topic sessions and meet and network with industry peers on the exhibit floor.
Employees at retail food facilities in California are prohibited from coming in direct contact with exposed, ready-to-eat food, due to a January 1 update to the California Retail Food Code (CalCode). Previously, restaurant workers were directed by the CalCode to “minimize” bare hand and arm contact with ready-to-eat food. Restaurants will have until July 1 to comply with the change to allow local health authorities time to get up to speed for enforcement.
The outbreak of norovirus that sickened nearly 700 people—630 passengers and 54 crew members—on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas cruise ship in January was caused by a newer strain of the virus known as the Sydney strain, the CDC reported. The strain first emerged in 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
Treating peanuts with heat and pressure might help reduce allergic reactions to proteins in this popular legume, recent research suggests. Autoclaving peanuts for 30 minutes resulted in a significant decrease in the capacity of peanut allergens to bind to immunoglobulin-E (IgE), an international team of researchers reported.
"This proposed rule will help reduce the likelihood of conditions during transportation that can lead to human or animal illness or injury," said Michael R. Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. "We are now one step closer to fully implementing the comprehensive regulatory framework for prevention that will strengthen the FDA's inspection and compliance tools, modernize oversight of the nation's food safety system, and prevent foodborne illnesses before...