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Online Channel Examines the Intersection of Tradition and Food Safety

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The global youth media company Vice has launched a new documentary series about how politics and policy affect what we eat. “The Politics of Food” is available through Vice’s online food channel, Munchies, and the first 20-minute episode investigates the underground trade in a West African delicacy called “smokies” that has been banned in the… Continue Reading

Opiates: How to Keep Diners Coming Back for Chinese Noodles

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Drugged food is yet another safety concern to watch out for in China. A restaurant owner in Shaanxi Province has admitted to secretly infusing his noodles with poppy shells (from which opium is made) in order to keep diners coming back. The plan was reportedly working until he got caught. Police began their investigation after… Continue Reading

U.S., China FDA Officials to Speak at Shanghai Food Safety Conference

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Xu Jinghe, director of legal affairs for the China Food and Drug Administration, holds a position pretty much equivalent to Michael R. Taylor, the deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Xu, who earlier this week announced that high-risk food industries in China will soon be required to obtain liability insurance,… Continue Reading

OSI Group Shrinks China Staff After Expired Meat Scandal

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Last year Aurora, IL-based OSI Group broke into the top 100 of the Forbes list of the largest privately held companies. But, in the past 60 days, OSI Group, with its “World of Food Solutions” motto, has been rapidly shrinking in China. At this point, OSI (China) might have preferred to let its Shanghai Husi… Continue Reading

Scotland’s Food Safety Challenges Remain Regardless of Vote Outcome

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Scots will continue to have an appetite for porridge and kippers after yesterday’s independence vote, but also remaining despite the outcome are Scotland’s food safety challenges. Foodborne illnesses strike about 132,000 Scots annually, sending 2,330 to hospitals and causing about 50 deaths. Who gets the bill for those damages — about 140 million British pounds… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Hospitalizes Actor/Director

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India’s popular actor/director Kamal Hassan was admitted for food poisoning to the private Apollo Hospital early Tuesday in Chennai on the Bay of Bengal. His manager told Indian media that Kamal was “perfectly fine” and that his release within 24 hours was expected. He had apparently developed symptoms of food poisoning early Tuesday morning. Kamal,… Continue Reading

New FSIS Salmonella Performance Standards for Beef and Poultry Expected

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A top official with USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) told a meat industry conference that ended Sunday in Charleston, SC, to expect new performance standards for Salmonella. Rachel Edelstein, acting assistant administrator of the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development, told the North American Meat Association meeting that her unit is testing… Continue Reading

Food Company Executive Detained in Taiwan’s Ongoing ‘Gutter Oil’ Scandal

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The chairman of a Taiwan-based company suspected of buying recycled waste oil and mixing it with lard oil for sale to unsuspecting customers was reportedly detained Saturday on suspicion of fraud. Officials said Yeh Wen-hsiang was a flight risk, plus they said they were concerned he might destroy evidence or collude with other suspects. Chang Guann Co. allegedly purchased… 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

Two Spice Brands Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Premier Ingredients is recalling Premier brand and Konrads.ca brand spice products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The spice products were distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.If… Continue Reading