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Irish get diet-check from Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day last week, the Irish learned their diets are not putting them at risk from chemicals. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) on March 15 published the results of a Total Diet Study carried out to assess the dietary exposure of the Irish population to a number of chemicals… Continue Reading

FDA Asked to Ban Certain Chemicals Used in Pizza Boxes, Other Packaging

Nine consumer and environmental health groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration this week seeking a ban on the use of certain chemicals in food packaging. The petitions target perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, and a family of chemicals known as long-chain… Continue Reading

Scientists Critical of EU’s Draft Chemical Regulation Policy Have Industry Ties

This special report by Stéphane Horel and Brian Bienkowski was originally published Sept. 23 by Environmental Health News. Seventeen scientists who have criticized plans in Europe to regulate endocrine-disrupting chemicals have past or current ties to regulated industries. An investigation by Environmental Health News reveals that of 18 toxicology journal editors who signed a controversial editorial, 17… Continue Reading

Price Chopper Recalls Milk Over Cleaning Solution

Grocery retailer Price Chopper is recalling homogenized milk in half-gallon paper cartons because the milk may contain a non-hazardous cleaning solution. The recalled product bears the UPC code 4173513275 and a best-by date of Sept. 29. The cleaning solution was used to clean processing equipment and the retailer says it is not harmful to humans…. Continue Reading

USDA Offers Post Wildfire Food Safety Tips

Following a series of recent wildfires across the western United States, the government is reminding people that fire can compromise the safety of foods in the home. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Monday issued a warning to the estimated 2 million Americans whose homes will be affected by fires… Continue Reading

Food Chemical Safety Relies on Self-policing, Pew Finds

The Pew Charitable Trusts has begun an effort to shed light on an often over-looked subject that affects most American eaters: the federal regulatory system for food chemicals. According to the Pew Health Group, safety decisions regarding a third of the more than 10,000 chemicals and additives that can be put in food were made… Continue Reading

Drug, Chemical Residues Get More FSIS Attention

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has decided to tweak procedures it follows in monitoring for the chemical residues left by animal drugs.  It is going to take more names, and do more testing. In two separate instructional notices, FSIS addresses how it plans to collect more producer information and what public health veterinarians… Continue Reading

Chemicals in Soup China’s Latest Food Scare

Chinese media let another food scandal out of the bag last week. This time the health culprit is popular hotpot dishes that are often tainted with harmful chemical additives, according to China’s Global Times. “Eighty percent of hotpots served at (restaurants) contain such chemical additives,” Wang, a chef who recently quit from a hotpot restaurant… Continue Reading