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News: E. coli thrives near plant roots

Escherichia coli can live for weeks around the roots of produce plants and transfer to the edible portions, but the threat can be minimized if growers don’t harvest too soon, a Purdue University study shows.

News: Chemicals in Food Wrappers Likely Migrating to Humans

University of Toronto scientists have found that chemicals used to line fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into food and being ingested by people where they are contributing to chemical contamination observed in blood.

News: Study: Infant Foods Should be Screened for Mycotoxins

An international team of scientists is calling for protecting complementary food for infants in developing countries, especially those where corn is a staple food, against fumonisin, a toxin produced by fungi.

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?

Features: COOL Affects Continuous Supplier Performance

Dan Rowe, product manager at JustFoodERP, suggests that since country of origin labeling (COOL) went into effect, “sales, purchase, and manufacturing documents have designated COOL requirements ensuring that the inventory transaction associated with the shipment, receipt, consumption, and output conform to that COOL.”

Features: Testing Olive Oil Authenticity

Notice was given in the April 28, 2010, Federal Register that on October 25, 2010, revised U.S. standards for grades of olive oil and olive-pomace oil will become effective, replacing the first edition of the U.S. grade standards, which have been in force since March 22, 1948.

Features: Water Quality Equals Water Safety

Michigan had an arsenic groundwater scare; children in Queens, New York, were hospitalized after drinking contaminated water at their school; Boston experienced a widespread boil alert that affected more than two million people; and residents in Caledonia, Wisconsin, went without access to public water for over a year due to a groundwater contamination caused by molybdenum, a dissolved metal that occurs naturally in the Earth’s crust and is one of the byproducts of coal ash. These are just a few of...

Features: Seven Keys to an Effective Contract Lab

Selecting a third party analytical laboratory is difficult. The stakes are high when you rely on a third party for analytical results. Accordingly, this choice should be heavily supported by your organization. There are seven key factors to consider when selecting the appropriate third-party laboratory…

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