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The intersection of science and safety: NY testing pays off

The work of 43 people in New York led to more than 300 recalls and the removal of contaminated food from countless store shelves across the country in 2016, preventing illnesses and protecting the public. Those 43 people — microbiologists, chemists and support staff at the New York State Food Laboratory — were crucial to the… 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

Food Testing Course Helps Countries Build Trade Capacity

After one year in operation, the International Food Safety Training Lab is doing exactly what it was founded to do: train foreign scientists in leading food testing methods. But, like all fledgling programs, IFSTL has also adapted with experience, opening up its classrooms to trade policymakers and industry professionals, all as part of its goal… Continue Reading

Pew Gives Consumer Reports $2 million for Food Safety Testing

Consumer Reports, the popular monthly product testing magazine, was awarded a $2 million grant by the Pew Charitable Trusts to study food safety, the New York Times reported Monday. According to the Times, the organization has already received a one million dollar installment. The magazine’s scientific staff will begin their first round of testing of… Continue Reading

FDA Revokes Taylor Farms Salad Recall

Initial test results showing E. coli on product were incorrect

Taylor Farms of Salinas, California received welcome news Friday when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed the company that the bagged salad it had been asked to recall for potential E. coli contamination was in the clear after all. On May 30th, a sample of the salad product taken from a restaurant in Florida… Continue Reading

Tainted Spinach Detected by Program Budget Cuts Will Ax

The discovery of Salmonella in bagged organic baby spinach that led to a nationwide recall Tuesday has been attributed to a small government testing program that, ironically, is set to be eliminated in the 2013 federal budget plan.  The Microbiological Data Program, a network of 11 labs that screen fresh produce for pathogens, discovered the… Continue Reading

New Lab Trains Foreign Food Testers

The University of Maryland is offering a new strategy for improving the safety of imported foods: train the foreign experts who test these goods in the U.S.’s standards and protocol. This week the school launched  the first in a series of courses designed to teach methods of microbiological and analytical testing recommended by the U.S…. Continue Reading

NOAA, FDA Add Test for Dispersant in Gulf Seafood

A second test to detect in seafood traces of the dispersants used to clean up the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill has been added by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the FDA. This chemical analysis, along with sensory testing, should help strengthen consumer confidence in Gulf seafood,… Continue Reading