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In response to concerns over the effectiveness of current control measures to reduce or prevent illness from consumption of spices in the U.S., the FDA released its report "Draft Risk Profile: Pathogens and Filth in Spices" on October 30th. What followed was a string of media coverage alerting the public that their spices can contain anything from whole insects to rodent feces.
The author of the first peer-reviewed study on the implications of hydraulic fracturing for the health of farm animals has warned U.K. planners to halt plans to expand fracking in Britain until the food safety implications of the practice can be assessed. Robert Oswald, PhD, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, previously published a report that linked dozens of cases of illness, death, and reproductive problems in livestock to gas drilling...
An FDA analysis has found no short-term health risks from the presence of arsenic in rice and rice products. Comprehensive analysis of potential health risks from long-term exposure is ongoing. Simultaneously, the U.S. rice industry is undertaking its own investigations to better understand whether and how levels of arsenic in rice can be impacted.
Mercury levels in fish that feed deep in the North Pacific Ocean are likely to rise in coming decades, a recent study suggests. The mercury found in these fish appears to come from coal-fired power plants in industrializing countries in Asia, highlighting the international dimension of the issue.
Cases of the illnesses caused by the single-celled Cyclospora parasite have been reported in 22 states to date, but the FDA and CDC say that it is not yet clear whether all cases are part of the same outbreak. A source has been confirmed for cases in only two states, Iowa and Nebraska. In those states, a traceback investigation linked the infections to a salad mix supplied to Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants by a Mexican supplier.
Workers at industrial livestock operations are much more likely than workers at antibiotic-free livestock companies to carry livestock-associated strains of Staphylococcus aureus, as well as multidrug-resistant S. aureus, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Metal cans are often coated with a resin barrier to prevent contact between food and the can. Components from these coatings can migrate into the food affecting its safety and quality. Polyepoxyphenol coatings on the inside of cans based on bisphenol A epoxy resins can release the epoxy monomer bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) into food. Bisphenol A and its derivatives are considered as endocrine disruptors. Both E.U. and U.S. have set regulations on the limit of BADGE migration into food at 1 mg/Kg.
Departments: From The Editor
Food Quality celebrates 20 years of delivering editorial excellence with SAFE new name: Food Quality & Safety!
A look back at some important events in food safety and a glimpse forward at what the next 20 years might hold
Features: Dry Floor Products Won’t Slip Up
Various dry floor treatments are gaining ground when it comes to enhancing sanitation and preventing cross contamination