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Developing Medical Device Can Filter Out Pathogens

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Researchers at Harvard University are developing a medical device designed to mimic the human spleen in order to fight a variety of deadly pathogens, including everything from E. coli to Ebola, according to The Washington Post. So far, the device — called the biospleen — has proven effective at filtering at least 90 different ailments… Continue Reading

Can Restaurant Authenticity Trump Food Safety?

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According to a recent study published in the academic journal Management Science, consumers are willing to disregard a restaurant’s poor health record if they believe the products and services are “authentic.” Inspiration for the study reportedly came from Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles in the 1980s that stored ducks by hanging them from their necks… Continue Reading

Study: Flame Retardants in Baby Food Well Below Unsafe Levels

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The levels of flame retardant chemicals in baby food from the U.S. and China are well below levels considered unsafe, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). In fact, the levels of flame retardants in baby food are lower than those in other… Continue Reading

Canadian Researchers Working on ‘Smart Labels’ to Detect Food Pathogens

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The day may not be too far off when consumers and food manufacturers will be able to detect the presence of E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella by visual changes in a polymer-based “smart label” now being developed by engineering professors at the University of Alberta. Members of the six-person research team still need to do… Continue Reading

CDC Report Finds High Sodium Consumption Among U.S. Kids

More than 40 percent of the sodium they consume comes from 10 common types of food

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More than 90 percent of U.S. children aged 6-18 years eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report released on Tuesday. This report provides the most recent data detailing how much sodium school-age children eat and where… Continue Reading

Study: Highest Pathogen Levels on Raw Pet Foods, Jerky Treats

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), in collaboration with the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) and its Microbiology Cooperative Agreement Program (MCAP) laboratories, has conducted a study to evaluate the prevalence of selected microbial organisms in various types of pet foods. The goal of this blinded study, published… Continue Reading

Tested CA Produce Shows Little or No Detectable Pesticide Residues

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The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced Tuesday that the majority of 2013 produce samples it tested had little or no detectable pesticide residues and posed no health risk to the public. Ninety-five percent of all California-grown produce, sampled by DPR in 2013, was in compliance with the allowable limits, the agency stated. DPR tested… Continue Reading

FDA Assessment: Most Children are Exposed to Food Dyes

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Exposure assessments conducted by the Food and Drug Administration find that most American kids are exposed to food dyes. FDA has not yet published the full results, but according to results presented Aug. 13 at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, estimates of at least 96 percent of children aged 2-5 years are… Continue Reading

Researchers Uncover Clues in the Fight Against Listeria

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Listeria monocytogenes has long been one of the most fearsome foodborne pathogens. With a high mortality rate and the ability to grow at refrigerator temperatures, it’s also one of the most adaptable. Now, researchers in Denmark say they’ve made some important discoveries that explain why the bug is difficult to fight, according to Medical News… Continue Reading

JIFSAN: FDA-University Partnership Helps Enhance the Safety of Imported Food

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A significant portion of the food that Americans consume comes from overseas, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the ability to inspect all imports, so it’s not a bad idea to intervene with preventive measures before the food reaches our ports. “It’s much better and more efficient to control the problem… Continue Reading