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Iodine-131 (I-131) radiation testing of Japanese food no longer required

A requirement put into effect six years ago after the Fukushima earthquake for Iodine-131 (I-131) radiation testing of food from East Japan has been lifted by the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety. The half-life of I-131  is only about eight days. More than seven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake with a magnitude of… Continue Reading

New patents to disinfect avocados and other Mexican produce

A patent registration is pending at the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property for intervention recipes that might successfully disinfect avocados, mangos, strawberries, chilis, tomatoes and coriander. If successful, once the intervention mixes reach the market Mexico would be able to keep much of its fresh produce from landing on the Import Alert list maintained by… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Exposes Flaw in FDA ‘Import Alert’ System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and other state and local agencies continue to investigate the  outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu illnesses, which has sickened 47 people and has already claimed one life. Based on sampling and analysis reported by MDH, the outbreak… Continue Reading

Hong Kong still testing food imports for Fukushima’s radiation

More than five years ago on Friday, March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 set off a large tsunami sending a 50-foot wall of water over  three Fukushima Daiichi reactors. Three of the nuclear cores melted down in the next three days. About 1,600 miles away on the next… Continue Reading

Barriers go up against shrimp and prawns from Malaysia

American consumers are scooping up more shrimp than ever at lower prices, but it is not all good news because some aquaculture-grown shrimp and prawns from Malaysia contain residues from unapproved animal drugs and unsafe food additives. The combination of the huge consumer demand in the U.S and the growing potential for unsafe product getting… Continue Reading