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Study Suggests Country-of-Origin Labeling Has Not Hurt U.S. Meat Imports

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Mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) has not impaired meat exports to the U.S., says Auburn University professor Robert Taylor. In new analysis of COOL’s impact released Thursday, he wrote that, “COOL has not had a significant negative effect on the price paid for imported slaughter cattle relative to comparable domestic cattle, COOL has not had a… Continue Reading

EFSA Risk Assessment on Bisphenol A Finds No Consumer Health Risks

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On the heels of the 2014 favorable safety assessment for bisphenol A (BPA), another major reevaluation has found that the epoxy resins used to line metal food cans pose no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. Sounding the all-clear signal for BPA this time is the influential European Food… Continue Reading

UK Stores Pressured to Reduce Campylobacter on Fresh Whole Chicken

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The Consumers’ Association in the United Kingdom, which goes by the brand name Which?, is following up on the recent release of fresh whole chicken Campylobacter contamination rates by supermarket chain by asking chief executives what they are going to do about it. As promised, at the end of a year-long study, the UK’s Food… Continue Reading

New Zealand Winemakers Object to Proposed Hike in Food-Safety Fees

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New Zealand’s food and biosecurity regulatory body has proposed new fees to provide continuing food-safety and border services for importers and exporters, and the country’s growing wine industry is not happy about it. “Biosecurity and food safety are critical to the operation and viability of New Zealand’s primary industries,” said Dan Bolger, deputy director-general for… Continue Reading

Salmonella Lubbock Discovery Gains International Confirmation

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The Pasteur Institute in Paris, the international center for Salmonella, has confirmed that a new serotype has been discovered at Texas Tech University. Salmonella Lubbock will be the newest entry in the Salmonella Atlas, published periodically by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. The research that led to the discovery… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland to Launch on April 1

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Food Standards Scotland is set to start on April 1. The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up the stand-alone body passed the Scottish Parliament in early December and received Royal Assent — meaning that the queen formally agrees to make the bill into law — on Jan. 13. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) will take over… Continue Reading

After Man’s Death, Doctors Give Food Safety Advice to Liver Transplant Recipients

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After overseeing a routine, uneventful liver transplant in a 52-year-old man in July 2013 at a hospital in Marseille, France, Dr. Catherine Sartor and her colleagues expected him to fully recover without complications. When the patient’s liver condition began worsening five days after surgery, they suspected his body was rejecting the new organ and adjusted… Continue Reading

Swedish Study Finds STEC in 13 Percent of Imported Beef

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Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) has been detected in 13 percent of beef samples tested from meat imported to Sweden between 2010 and 2011. The country’s National Food Agency tested both beef and leafy greens to obtain data that will help assess the public health risk of STEC in food and could help in developing… Continue Reading

China Joins List of Countries Restricting U.S. Poultry Imports Due to Avian Flu

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On Tuesday, China joined a growing list of countries barring U.S. poultry imports after avian influenza was found in backyard chicken and guinea fowl flocks in Oregon and Washington. More than 30 countries have banned or restricted the import of poultry originating in one or both of those states. China and the 28 members of… Continue Reading

EFSA: Raw Milk Risks Need to be Better Communicated

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The risks associated with drinking raw milk need to be better communicated to consumers, concludes a Scientific Opinion published Tuesday by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA’s Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) was tasked with identifying the main microbiological hazards associated with drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk from various animals, assessing the public health risk… Continue Reading