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Study: E. Coli Can Transfer Antibiotic Resistance to Other Bacteria


Scientists have discovered a gene in E. coli that makes it resistant to a class of “last-resort” antibiotics known as polymyxins. The gene can also transfer resistance to other epidemic pathogens such as K. pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. According to research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the mcr-1 gene is widespread in Enterobacteriaceae samples from pigs in… Continue Reading

China’s FDA is Busy Proposing, Finalizing Food Safety Regulatory Rules


Working at lightning speed compared to their U.S. counterparts, officials with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) have reportedly issued several proposed rules and finalized three, and it’s only been about four months since revisions to the country’s Food Safety Law were adopted. These revisions become effective Oct. 1, 2015. The responsibility for regulating food safety… Continue Reading

Food Fraud a Bigger Problem Than Many Realize, Experts Say


Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg. “Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud… Continue Reading

Chinese Authorities Seize More Than 100,000 Tons of 40-Year-Old Frozen Meat


Authorities in China have seized more than 100,000 tons of smuggled meat being sold across the country, some of which was frozen and dated back to the 1970s, according to a report in the state-run China Daily. The seizures were part of a nationwide crackdown on a smuggling ring in possession of at least $483 million… Continue Reading

UC Davis Partners With Chinese on World Food Safety Center


University of California Davis officials signed an agreement May 22 in Beijing to partner with a Chinese city and a nearby agricultural university on joint food safety programs. The UC Davis World Food Center in Zhuhai, China, is designed to organize research and establish goals regarding food production in China and elsewhere. “China has placed a very… Continue Reading

Global Food Safety Forum to Focus on Technology, Compliance


The third Global Food Safety Forum, being held June 13-14, 2015, in Beijing will explore ideas laid out in a newly released white paper entitled, “Food Safety Technologies: Key Tools for Compliance.” Chapters by authors in both the private and public sectors discuss recent technology development in food safety regulation and how technology intersects with enforcement and… Continue Reading

China Toughens Up Food Safety Laws By Adopting New Amendments


In the wake of several high-profile food safety scandals, China’s lawmakers have adopted tougher amendments to bolster the country’s existing food safety law. The changes, effective Oct. 1, 2015, will add 50 new articles, or about half again what the previous law contained. Many of the new amendments address infant formula regulations and the online… Continue Reading

Could Glowing Fish Help Improve Food Safety?


A startup in Hong Kong is hoping to use light-up fish embryos to improve food safety. The company, Vitargent, engineered medaka and zebrafish embryos to turn fluorescent green or develop tumors in the presence of harmful substances called Estrogenic Endocrine Disruptors (EEDs). The technology can screen for more than 1,000 chemicals such as DDT and… Continue Reading

As Toxin Fears Grow, More Chinese Are Buying Imported Rice


Despite being the number-one producer and consumer of rice in the world, more Chinese citizens are buying rice imported from Japan and elsewhere due to fears about heavy metals and other toxins, according to Reuters. While the amount of rice imported to China from Japan in 2014 is still extremely small, it was triple the… Continue Reading

Chinese Police Arrest More Than 100 People for Selling Contaminated Pork


More than 110 people have been arrested in China for selling pork from diseased animals. The Public Security Ministry said more than 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil produced from the meat have been seized across 11 provinces. The investigation reportedly began at the end of 2013 into producers who… Continue Reading