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News: Illegal Fishing Threatens Quality and Safety of Seafood in U.S.

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing not only threatens the sustainability of the seafood industry but also the safety and quality of seafood available to consumers. Recommendations issued in December by the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud will, if implemented, take action on illegal fishing and make it a diplomatic priority.

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News: Mechanically Tenderized Meat Labeling Requirements Delayed

The USDA failed to meet the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline for finalizing and submitting its rule for proposed labeling of mechanically tenderized meat to White House Office of Management and Budget. What could have been implemented by 2016 will now have to wait at least until 2018.

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Features: SPECIAL FEATURE: In a Packaging Pickle?

When it comes to pickle packaging, consumers are very familiar with seeing a glass jar with a metal closure on store shelves. The reason that companies select this package format goes beyond industry standards, however. The partnership between metal and glass is an ideal vehicle to use in order to maintain the integrity of the product.

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News: Street Food, Safe Food?

With more food trucks popping up all around the nation, the question of whether or not their food is safe to eat has become more important. A study researched over 260,000 food and safety inspection reports in seven cities and found that in all cities, food trucks and carts did just as well as, or better than, restaurants.

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Features: SPECIAL FEATURE: 14 Ways to Keep Your Ice Safe

Ever since JAMA ran an article on the food safety of crushed ice more than 60 years ago, the focus on the safety of commercial, crushed ice has been closely scrutinized. Ice should always be considered food.

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News: Industry Experts Respond to the Revised FSMA Rules

Revised provisions to four proposed rules in the FDA’s FSMA surprised few industry experts, but they say the changes clarify the original rules, first proposed in 2013, and could give them more teeth. The four revised rules cover preventative controls of human food, produce safety, preventive controls for animal food, and foreign supplier verification programs.

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News: E-Tongues Promising for Testing Food, Beverage Safety

Electronic “tongues” or e-tongues have been the focus of research for several years, with applications for sampling wine, screening for bacteria and contamination in production, distinguishing between different varieties of beer, or evaluating milk and dairy products. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a grant to University of Massachusetts Lowell for continued development of an e-tongue to test water and beverages for lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic, as well as heavy metals.

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News: New Tool to Assess Vulnerabilities for Food Fraud

A few weeks ago, the USP pre-released the “Guidance on Food Fraud Mitigation” document that offers a framework for the food industry and regulators to develop and implement preventive management systems to deal specifically with economically-motivated fraudulent adulteration of food ingredients.

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Features: SPECIAL FEATURE: Removing Beerstone from Beer

Beer contains 90 percent water and is the most important ingredient in determining its flavor. Water contains calcium and is an essential mineral to the brewing process. The levels of calcium in local water have determined the type of beer produced. The different types of beer whether a light lager or a porter are for the most part due to the water profiles of the areas that made the styles famous.

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News: Lawsuits Filed Against FDA’s Approval of Controversial Animal Drugs

Two different lawsuits have been filed by groups that include the Center for Food Safety and the Humane Society of the United States against the U.S. FDA for approving several controversial drugs used in food production without fully examining how they affect people, animals, and the environment. The products targeted in the lawsuits are based on ractopamine, which is fed to farm animals to cause rapid weight gain.

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