Fast New Test For Terrible Form Of Food Poisoning
Scientists are reporting development of a fast, reliable new test that could help people avoid a terrible type of food poisoning that comes from eating fish tainted with a difficult-to-detect toxin from marine algae growing in warm waters.
Testing Of Seafood Imported Into The U.S. Is Inadequate
Finfish, shrimp, and seafood products are some of the most widely traded foods and about 85 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported. A new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that testing of imported seafood by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inadequate for confirming its safety or identifying risks.
Food Chemical Regulations Rely Heavily On Industry Self-Policing And Lack Transparency
Safety decisions concerning one-third of the more than 10,000 substances that may be added to human food were made by food manufacturers and a trade association without review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to an analysis spearheaded by the Pew Health Group.
USDA-Sponsored Initiatives Take On Food Safety Concerns
Roughly one in six Americans (or 48 million people) are sickened every year by food-borne ailments, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The effects of these illnesses range from acutely unpleasant to lethal, and the problem may be getting worse, as our food supply becomes more global, with an increasing number of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
USDA Takes New Steps To Fight E. Coli, Protect The Food Supply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently that it is taking new steps to fight E. coli and protect the safety of the American food supply.
FDA: Pilot Projects To Explore Ways To Trace Sources Of Foodborne Illness
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today said that two new pilot projects will enhance the agency’s and industry’s ability to trace products responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks.
Researchers Uncover Genetic Link To Cattle Diseases
The origin of three costly cattle diseases is genetically linked, according to findings from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers.
Natural Food Preservative That Kills Food-Borne Bacteria Uncovered
University of Minnesota researchers have discovered and received a patent for a naturally occurring lantibiotic — a peptide produced by a harmless bacteria — that could be added to food to kill harmful bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and listeria.
Cargill Meat Recalls Ground Turkey Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination
Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
USDA Grant Supports North Carolina State University-Led Research To Reduce Number Of Food-Borne Illnesses
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research funding to North Carolina State University (NCSU) to study human noroviruses in an effort to design effective control measures across the food supply chain and reduce the number of food-borne illnesses caused by viruses.