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The FDA has completed a chemical safety assessment review focusing on the scientific capacity, efficiency, and management of its chemical safety resources. As a result of the review within CFSAN and the Center for Veterinary Medicine, the agency will update the FDA’s Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients (the so-called “Redbook”), the guidance document used primarily by CFSAN for evaluation of human food products.
All it takes is a quick trip down the nearest grocery store produce aisle to know that organic food comes at a significant markup over nonorganic versions of the same products. The global organic food market is a $62 billion business. But are consumers forking over an extra couple of dollars (or more) per pound for those organic apples or peaches getting what they’re paying for?
In its simplest terms, dietary fiber content in a sample is measured in the laboratory by what is called an enzymatic-gravimetric method. After defatting, a food sample is treated with enzymes that mimic the digestive process in the human small intestine. Digestible carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars and removed from the sample by precipitation using ethanol followed by filtration.
Food safety violations have been reported at edible marijuana manufacturers and vendors in Denver this year, with the city’s department of environmental health inspections finding more than 200 critical violations at over 100 facilities. In response, the National Cannabis Industry Association has launched food safety and handling courses specifically designed for people working in this new market.
AFDO will finalize the ad-hoc committee charged with developing the document within the next several weeks. It will include 26 representatives from federal, state, and local governments, as well as the retail industry, the Food Marketing Institute, and Food Allergy Research and Education.
While food safety programs and zoning principles are key tools in maintaining a contamination-free facility, it is equally important to take a close look at where most of the direct food contact in a manufacturing facility takes place—the processing and packaging equipment itself.
The NARMS 2011 Executive Report summarizes data previously released by FDA, the CDC, and USDA, and focuses on resistance to antibiotics important in human medicine and multidrug resistance. Among the positive trends is a decline in the five-drug resistance pattern called ACSSuT in Salmonella Typhimurium.
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 Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mobile field inspection operation began facing challenges several years ago as its field equipment reached end of service life. The handheld devices inspectors operated to conduct food safety inspections were being discontinued, and the inkjet printers they used for printing out onsite inspection results were not compatible with newer electronic devices.
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.