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Briefly: Tapeworm tale — IAFP 2018 — Sanitary food transport

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Registration opens for IAFP 2018 Registration is now open for the 2018 conference of the International Association for Food… Continue Reading

Company stops selling vinyl gloves; cites food safety risks

Citing growing scientific evidence, specialist glove supplier Eagle Protect has discontinued selling vinyl gloves. Vinyl gloves, also called PVC gloves, contain a heavy chlorine content. PVC is a widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. The rigid form of PVC is used to make pipes. California-based Eagle Protect is not alone.  China stopped manufacturing the gloves last… Continue Reading

USDA proposes changes to ‘National List’ for organic producers

Government accepting public comments now on changes to list of banned, approved substances

The National Organic Program that stands behind those USDA Organic seals on processed and fresh foods in the grocery store comes with a lot of fine print. Most consumers don’t know much about it, but for the $50 billion organic marketplace, it’s all about the details. And the latest changes in those details, known as the… Continue Reading

Briefly: Raw truth for pets — Fair food — Yelp all about it

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Raw pet foods dangers for animals, owners Pet owners who opt for raw meat based diets, or RMBDs as… Continue Reading

New DNA technique suggests Salmonella took out the Aztecs

Research, published Monday in the journal Nature, reports DNA analysis has unmasked Salmonella enterica bacteria as the cause of a 16th century epidemic that affected large parts of Mexico and wiped out an estimated 800,000 people in the Aztec Empire. The study, by Germany’s Max Plankc Institute for the Science of Human History, discovered the introduction of Salmonella in the Americas; which is believed to have been brought to the continent by Europeans. The identification of S. enterica bacteria, which causes typhoid, supports the theory that typhoid fever was… Continue Reading

Briefly: Prison brew — Disease detecting — Deadly delicacy

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Poison prison brew has high price A botulism outbreak in a Utah prison cost local taxpayers at least $500,000 after… Continue Reading

How sweet it is? EFSA seeks suggestions on sugar research

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), an agency of the European Union that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, is seeking feedback on the approach it plans to take for its upcoming assessment of dietary sugars. The aim of the assessment is to establish a… Continue Reading