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UC Davis Partners With Chinese on World Food Safety Center

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University of California Davis officials signed an agreement May 22 in Beijing to partner with a Chinese city and a nearby agricultural university on joint food safety programs. The UC Davis World Food Center in Zhuhai, China, is designed to organize research and establish goals regarding food production in China and elsewhere. “China has placed a very… Continue Reading

Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion

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The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service report released… Continue Reading

New Blood Tests Can Confirm IBS and Whether the Cause was a Foodborne Pathogen

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Millions of people suffer from the effects of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — chronic bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea or constipation — although the malady itself, let alone the cause, has been notoriously difficult to diagnose. Now, however, a physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has developed two blood tests that can accurately detect the… Continue Reading

Survey of Fresh Food Retailers Finds Food Safety is Their Biggest Concern

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A recent survey of fresh food retailers by a New York City-based weekly trade magazine found that food safety is the number-one fear they have regarding perishable food products. Supermarket News asked retailers to choose their two greatest fears in the “perimeter,” which is the fresh foods category that includes produce, meat, dairy and deli… Continue Reading

FDA Names First-Ever Food Safety Challenge Finalists

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the five finalists in its first-ever Food Safety Challenge. The contest was launched last fall to encourage academic institutions and laboratories in private and non-profit sectors to develop methods for improving and accelerating the detection of Salmonella in food. Out of the 49 submissions received, judges from FDA,… Continue Reading

FSMA Readiness: Litigation, Insurance, and Safeguards

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When Albany Law School Professor Tim Lytton attended the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore nearly two weeks ago, he could sense something, however faintly, among the crowd of food industry professionals: nervousness. For decades, he said, the public has been anxious about the safety of our food system. From the Jack in the Box E…. Continue Reading

K-State Food Safety Professor: Don’t Take Chances With Listeria

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Listeria contamination has caused 16 different recalls in just two months, and a Kansas State University food safety specialist has an explanation about why it is appearing in products typically not associated with the bacteria. “Listeria is a group of bacteria that is found in cold, wet environments,” said Fadi Aramouni, Ph.D., Extension specialist and professor… Continue Reading

Mixed Results Shown in USDA Quarterly Tests for Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

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Last summer’s preliminary data from Salmonella and Campylobacter testing of raw meat and poultry for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are out, and there were mixed results. During the July-September quarter, FSIS collected and tested 3,985 samples for its Salmonella and Campylobacter verification program. The percent-positive rates for both Salmonella and Campylobacter in… Continue Reading

FDA Seeks Comments on Risk Assessment of Drug Residues in Milk

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know what the public thinks of its risk assessment of drug residues in milk. The risk assessment, entitled, “Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products,” is a tool to assist with reevaluating which animal drug residues should be included… Continue Reading

Tyson ‘Striving to Eliminate’ Human Antibiotics in Chickens

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Tyson Foods, the largest poultry producer in the U.S., announced Tuesday that it would strive to quit using human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. The company, based in Springdale, AR, stated that it has already stopped using all antibiotics in its 35 broiler hatcheries, requires a veterinarian’s prescription for… Continue Reading