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News: New Center to Provide Unbiased Research on Food Ingredient Safety

The food, beverage, and consumer products industries, along with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Michigan State University, are partnering together to establish the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS). An independent, academic, science-based center, CRIS will serve as an unbiased source for information, research, training, and analysis on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods including foods and beverage products.

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Features: In-Process Analysis of Fat and Dry Matter in Cheese: An Application Note

The international cheese market produces billions of pounds of cheese annually, making it one of the largest food industries worldwide. Cheese and other dairy products are regularly tested for components like fat, moisture, protein, and dry matter content. These factors affect the taste and manufacturability of the cheese, making their prediction critical.

Features: The Daunting Task of Establishing Food Integrity

Along with verifying ingredient identity, the FCC Identity Standards include tests for substances that should not be present in certain complex ingredients

Features: Are Your Products Gluten-Free?

Third-party certification can help companies demonstrate compliance with FDA labeling regulations through testing and other quality controls tools

Features: Fingerprinting Food: ­Augmenting Existing Near Infrared Technology to Fight Dairy Adulteration

The food industry is working to prevent food fraud by focusing on tools that help detect ‘unknown-unknowns’

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News: New Test May Be Fastest, Easiest Yet for Detecting GMOs in Foods

A new test developed by scientists in China claims to be the first comprehensive method available to detect genetic modifications in food. The test, called MACRO, is a combined microchip-PCR and microarray system that the investigators say can monitor 91 DNA targets in a single test.

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News: FSIS Gives Canadian Meat Inspection System Barely Passing Grade

An audit from the USDA’s FSIS has given the Canadian Food Inspection Agency a grade of “adequate” in the wake of a review of its meat inspection system. That’s the lowest acceptable rating it could receive and still be permitted to import food to the U.S. The audit report, issued in December, was based on tours of seven processing facilities, two labs, and five CFIA offices conducted in October and November of 2012.

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News: New Tools to Help Detect Melamine in Skim Milk Powder

A newly proposed standard and associated supportive reference materials for authentication of skim milk powder were posted December 31 by the USP for public review and comment. Development of the proposed tools, aimed at preventing economic adulteration of skim milk powder with melamine and other nitrogen-rich materials, was prompted by the reports of melamine contamination of milk products in China, according to a USP official.

Features: Vibrios and Human Health

Testing new depuration protocols to reduce the rate of Vibrio-related illnesses from oysters

Features: Safeguarding Against False Test Results

Salmonella and Campylobacter impact a number of large food industries, forcing the need to deploy testing solutions that ensure the safety of products and the well-being of consumers

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