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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

Aussie Listeria Tests Led to Recall of Likely Already Consumed California Fruit

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Back in the day, before the fresh fruit and produce industry managed to kill it, the Microbiological Data Program (MDP) came under fire from growers for not providing timely results, sometimes resulting in recalls of fruit that consumers had already eaten. That was 18 months ago and MDP — the joint venture of about 10… Continue Reading

Canada Introduces Fines for Meat Safety Failures

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has amended its regulations so that it can fine meat processors for violations of food safety programs such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and non-food safety issues such as labeling and consumer protection. The new Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) apply to 84 provisions of the Meat Inspection… Continue Reading

Chinese TV Report Prompts McDonald’s and KFC to Drop U.S.-Owned Supplier

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China’s Dragon TV has thrust a Chicago-area meat supplier into the arms of its crisis communications team with public apologies and promises for quick corrective action. But Aurora, IL-based OSI Group could not act fast enough to stop McDonald’s and Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC from cutting business ties with its Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd…. Continue Reading

Codex Adopts Limits on Lead in Infant Formula, Arsenic in Rice

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At the its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted a number of new standards, including maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. The commission was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health… Continue Reading

Snails Seized at LA Airport for Threat to Public Health, Agriculture, Economy

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U.S. officials confiscated 67 giant African snails at the Los Angeles International Airport on July 1, citing a triple threat to public health, agriculture and the economy. The snails, weighing 35 pounds total and coming from Nigeria, are prohibited in the U.S. because, among other things, they carry parasites that can lead to meningitis in… 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

More Cheeses Recalled in Canada for Possible Staphylococcus Toxin

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The latest Canadian recall of cheeses for possibly containing the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is for Le Verdict d’Alexina, Citadelle, and Grey Owl brands produced by Fromagerie Le Détour Inc. The initial recall list issued on June 26 was updated to include additional products on July 11. All of the Fromagerie Le Détour products recalled include: Brand Name… Continue Reading

China’s Food Safety Issues Worse Than You Thought

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(Nancy Huehnergarth is a national food policy activist, journalist, coalition leader and president of Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting. Follow her on Twitter. A shorter version of this article first appeared in The Hill.) In April, I began an email correspondence with an American I’ll call Susan (she prefers to remain anonymous), who has lived in China for 15 years… Continue Reading

UN Report Ranks Global Health Impact of Foodborne Parasites

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When it comes to food safety concerns, foodborne parasites might not receive as much attention in the U.S. compared to bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. Globally, however, foodborne parasites affect the health of millions of people annually, causing debilitating and potentially deadly conditions and sometimes living within humans for years. A new report… Continue Reading