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Features: Back from the Brink

West Michigan turkey growers faced a high hurdle in 1998, when Sara Lee decided to stop harvesting birds at its Zeeland, Mich., plant. The growers were left with nowhere to sell their birds, and, in response, developed a cooperative of growers that became Michigan Turkey Producers, a supplier of both raw and ready-to-eat products.

Features: Michigan Turkey Producers Wins Food Quality Award

“Dedicated employees producing quality products.” This statement, printed on the back of Michigan Turkey Producers employees’ T-shirts, represents the company’s core beliefs and culture. It is because of these “dedicated employees” and “quality products,” as well as several important investments, that Michigan Turkey Producers, a supplier of raw and ready-to-eat turkey products, is the 2009 Food Quality Award recipient.

Features: Fish and Chips

An increasing number of recalls and cases involving adulteration of products such as infant formula, peanuts, and salami have eroded consumer confidence and put product fraud in the media spotlight. According to a study by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the GMA Science and Education Foundation, food product fraud may cost the food industry $10 to $15 billion per year. The melamine contamination of milk products, which cost the industry $10 billion and affected almost 300,000 consumers...

News: So Honey, Where Ya From?

A lone Texas A&M University researcher and a group of North American honey companies and importers are trying to halt the import of mislabeled Chinese honey.

News: Fishy Business

Using DNA bar coding, ecological scientists in Ireland discovered that a significant percentage of fish sold in Dublin was mislabeled.

News: BPA Exposure May Cause Permanent Fertility Defects

Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have discovered that exposure during pregnancy to Bisphenol A (BPA), a common component of plastics, causes permanent abnormalities in the uterus of offspring, including altered DNA. The findings were reported in the March issue of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal.

Departments: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: You, Pests, and a Food Safety Audit

Audit. It’s not a word many like to hear, but audits are necessary to maintain food safety within any food processing business. When audit is paired with pests, however, the association is even more unfavorable.

News: Study Sheds Light on Salmonella

New research from the Volcani Center in Israel reveals that the pathogenic bacteria Salmonella enterica can sense, swim toward, and enter open stomata in a lettuce leaf during photosynthesis. The discovery, published in the October issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, has important implications for food safety and may partially explain why it’s so difficult to prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness by disinfecting fresh produce.

News: New Findings on Listeria

New discoveries about the mechanism of spread between cells of the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes could shed light on a host of other bacterial illnesses with similar patterns of infection. Listeria can cause serious illness in immunocompromised people and spontaneous abortion in pregnant women. In addition to infecting humans and animals, it can also grow on vegetables.

Features: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The Dark Side of Social Media

Financial analysts have attributed falling share prices to particular campaigns, noting that some domains claim a regular audience of 20,000 to 50,000 visitors and that information on those sites has been accepted and echoed by the mainstream media.- Bruce Arnold, Caslon Analytics

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