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UC Davis, Chinese University to Establish Joint Food Safety Center in China

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Officials with the University of California – Davis, and a China agricultural university in Shaanxi province signed an agreement this week to establish the Sino-U.S. Joint Research Center for Food Safety in China. The signing ceremony was held Wednesday in the city of Yingchuan, China, during a meeting that also included officials from the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

Could Funding Cuts to Food Safety Programs Make You Sick?

Opinion

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(This blog post by Michelle Forman was published July 23, 2014, at APHL’s LabLog and is reposted here with permission.) When public health works, no one sees it. That’s a common adage at APHL and is most frequently used when referring to the gross lack of — and ever-plummeting — funding for valuable public health programs…. Continue Reading

ISU Food Safety Campaign Focuses on Leafy Greens

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Because leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are often a source of contamination, Iowa State University researchers are targeting their safe handling in an effort to protect older adults, who are particularly susceptible to severe illness or death in foodborne illness outbreaks. Dr. Susan W. Arendt, associate professor of hospitality management at Iowa State,… Continue Reading

Study Finds Organic Foods Have More Benefits

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A new international study suggests that organic foods contain higher levels of antioxidants than conventionally grown versions. The research, led by Newcastle University and published last week in the British Journal of Nutrition, found concentrations of antioxidants such as polyphenolics that were 18- to 69-percent higher in organic food. “Many of these compounds have previously… Continue Reading

Presidential Council Calls for New Antibiotics in Upcoming Report on Antibiotic Resistance

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During its 30th official meeting held this past Friday, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) discussed and voted to approve its upcoming report on antibiotic resistance. According to PCAST co-chair Dr. Eric Lander, the report calls for a new interagency task force and a standing advisory council, additional funds to strengthen… Continue Reading

Study: 175 Hazardous Chemicals Used in Food Contact Packaging

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According to a new study by the Food Packaging Forum, 175 chemicals with known hazardous properties are legally used in the production of food contact packaging in Europe and the U.S. Food packaging and other materials coming in contact with food (e.g. foils, cans, pans, storage containers) continuously release mixtures of synthetic substances into food… Continue Reading

Research Finds Recalled Chobani Yogurt Contained Fungal Pathogen

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Last fall, Chobani recalled a number of its yogurts for mold contamination that caused packages to bloat and sour before their expiration date. More than 200 people reported becoming ill with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after eating the yogurt. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified Mucor circinelloides as the contaminant, but it was initially… Continue Reading

UC-Davis Study Identifies Risky Food Safety Practices in Home Kitchens

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A  new consumer research study done by the University of California-Davis reveals that many safe food preparation practices are often overlooked in home kitchens, even among consumers who consider themselves to be well-informed on food safety. The research, funded by contributions from Foster Farms, will be published in Food Protection Trends in September. Americans often… Continue Reading

Advocate Groups Reach Out to President’s Science Advisors Ahead of Antibiotics Meeting

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will meet Friday to discuss its work on antibiotic resistance and nanotechnology and to hear from speakers about oceans policy. A group of public health, consumer, and environmental protection organizations have sent a letter to PCAST expressing concern that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s… Continue Reading

Report on Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Has Some Good News and Some Bad News

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The latest federal report on antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria shows that, while there has been some progress in reducing the resistance of some pathogens, other are showing greater resistance. The data come from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a surveillance system run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and… Continue Reading