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MSU food safety experts say Chinese imports need to improve
Over recent months, a long list of consumer goods from China -- everything from seafood to toothpaste to toys -- have been the objects of recalls. And while some quality-control improvements are being made, a team of MSU researchers just back from China say they still have a long way to go. (2007-11-27)

JRC thematic report: Science for food
The JRC has released a new report on its scientific support to EU's 'from farm to fork' policy which ensures Europeans enjoy safe and nutritious food, while facilitating the food industry to work under the best possible conditions. It also presents JRC research on global food security -- a growing challenge for researchers and policymakers alike when over 800 million people face hunger worldwide and food demand is expected to rise by 60 percent by 2050. (2015-05-13)

Video study finds risky food-safety behavior more common than thought
How safe is the food we get from restaurants, cafeterias and other food-service providers? A new study from North Carolina State University -- the first study to place video cameras in commercial kitchens to see how precisely food handlers followed food-safety guidelines -- discovered that risky practices happen more often than previously thought. (2010-06-08)

Americans support FDA food biotech policies
This week, several activist groups again raised questions about food biotechnology. A recent survey indicates most consumers still remain in favor of food biotechnology and the current U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policies for safety and labeling of these foods. (2000-07-20)

Functional food - Safety aspects
Functional food, beyond providing a purely nutritional value, may promote health or reduce the risk of disease. An example is food meant to lower the cholesterol level. During the past few years, the potential benefits posed by functional foods have led to an increased interest by producers and consumers as well as a broader range of such products on the market worldwide. (2004-04-05)

Energy drinks raise new questions about caffeine's safety
Caffeine, which was extensively researched for possible links to birth defects in animals and cardiovascular disease in humans over 30 years ago and then exonerated, has become the focus of renewed concerns as caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity. However, according to a June 23rd panel discussion at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in New Orleans, a rich database of health evidence exists confirming the safety of caffeine for consumers at current levels of exposure. (2014-06-24)

Majority of Wyoming voters support new government oversight of food, Pew-commissioned poll finds
An overwhelming majority of Wyoming voters -- 88 percent -- support food safety legislation that would give the US Food and Drug Administration new authority to ensure the food Americans eat does not make them sick, according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Health Group and conducted by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies. (2009-11-16)

Food safety partnership between Denmark and China
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment have signed a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen knowledge exchange between Denmark and China in the field of food safety. DTU Food, National Food Institute will head up the partnership in Denmark. HRH Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark witnessed the signing ceremony, which was held on 25 April during the state visit to Beijing. (2014-04-29)

Majority of Ohio voters support new government oversight of food, Pew-commissioned poll finds
An overwhelming majority of Ohio voters -- 91 percent -- support food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration new authority to ensure the food Americans eat does not make them sick, according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Health Group and conducted by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies. (2009-11-12)

Majority of Nevada voters support new government oversight of food, Pew-commissioned poll finds
An overwhelming majority of Nevada voters -- 91 percent -- support food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration new authority to ensure the food Americans eat does not make them sick, according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Health Group and conducted by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies. (2009-11-12)

9 in 10 New Hampshire voters support new oversight of food, Pew-commissioned poll finds
An overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters -- 90 percent -- support food safety legislation that would give the US Food and Drug Administration new authority to ensure the food Americans eat does not make them sick, according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Health Group and conducted by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies. (2009-11-12)

New research finds avocado extract can prevent Listeria in food
A recent study published in the Journal of Food Science found that extracts and isolated compounds from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause Listeria, a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems. (2016-11-18)

Majority of North Carolina voters support new oversight of food, Pew-commissioned poll finds
An overwhelming majority of North Carolina voters -- 89 percent -- support food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration new authority to ensure the food Americans eat does not make them sick, according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Health Group and conducted by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies. (2009-11-12)

Research center helps consumers 'fight bac' through national poultry food safety campaign
The Partnership for Food Safety Education is using research from Kansas State University's Center for Sensory Analysis and Consumer Behavior for its nationwide campaign promoting food safety and safe poultry handling. (2017-05-08)

Farmers need help to plow through new food safety regulations
Agricultural extension educators should take a flexible approach in teaching farmers about the changing landscape of food safety regulations, according to Penn State researchers. (2013-10-01)

Demand For Home Meal Replacements Challenges Food Industry
Today's consumer demand for minimally-processed, easy-to-eat, and nutritious foods has created a booming market for home meal replacements. The challenges of developing these products, while ensuring their safety and quality, will be a focus of the Institute of Food Technologists' 1998 Annual Meeting & FOOD EXPO in Atlanta June 22. (1998-05-07)

Food Policy Institute primer on food imports and regulations
As an aid to understanding the food import system, the Food Policy Institute at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station has released a new report, the US Food Import System: Issues, Processes and Proposals. (2008-03-19)

Extending food safety training to other countries could save live
Food safety practices that Americans take for granted -- washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection -- are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that. (2017-12-15)

Feeding the world requires more than a spoonful of safety
While the United States battles an obesity epidemic, millions around the world are starving or malnourished - a population already at increased risk of foodborne disease. Fighting hunger goes hand in hand with the fight against foodborne disease, urges a Michigan State University researcher. (2005-02-19)

IFT Issues Principles For Optimum Food Safety
The Institute of Food Technologists issued guiding principles to provide the framework for streamlining and updating U.S. federal agencies' oversight of food safety responsibilities. Drafted by a working group of IFT members with expertise on food safety issues, the principles were submitted to the National Academy of Sciences' Committee to Ensure Safe Food from Production to Consumption. (1998-03-23)

Teens less likely to wash hands when cooking, more likely to cross-contaminate raw food than adults
A Kansas State University study has shown that when preparing frozen foods, adolescents are less likely than adults to wash their hands and are more susceptible to cross-contaminating raw foods while cooking. (2009-11-11)

Consumer demand flavors food import safety issues
An ever-changing US consumer who enjoys the convenience of ready-to-eat produce and seasonable fruits during the dead of winter has brought new challenges to food import safety, experts said Oct. 18. With US food imports set to top more than $2 trillion this year and expected to triple by 2015, a panel on food safety commissioned by President Bush met at Texas A&M University to discuss ways to strengthen the national and global import infrastructure. (2007-10-18)

US food safety system needs to integrate human health, animal and plant pathogen data
The Produce Safety Project today issued a report that examines the steps taken by select European Union countries to reform their food safety data collection and analysis systems since the 1990s. (2010-05-10)

Plant-based sweeteners may help individuals control their blood glucose levels
A new study shows that it is possible to reduce the level of sugar in muffins without affecting their textural properties by replacing half of the sugar content with stevianna or inulin, which are plant-based sweeteners. (2016-06-08)

International conference will put agri-food supply chain under the microscope
The latest international developments in food safety and traceability will be showcased at a major conference at Queen's University Belfast on 8-10 April 2014. The Food Integrity and Traceability Conference will attract leading scientists, food standards regulators and agri-food producers from around the world. (2013-04-09)

Supermarket shelves stocking food safety issues along with variety
As quickly as mangoes and sushi have won a spot in the world's hearts and grocery stores, the way food safety is - or isn't - ensured across the globe has changed radically, a Michigan State University scientist says. Governments no longer are the primary gatekeepers of the safety of a food supply that has grown internationally more diverse and exotic. Consumers increasingly will rely on those selling food to keep it safe. (2003-02-15)

Study finds recipes with hand-washing, temperature reminders improve food safety
Kansas State University researchers have discovered the secret ingredient to improving kitchen food safety: include hand-washing reminders and meat thermometer instructions in published recipes. (2016-11-30)

Professionals in bioscience, food-related industries turn to K-State
Workshops, online programs and databases are just some of the ways that Kansas State University shares knowledge about the biosciences, food safety and animal health with the professionals who help ensure the safety of our food supply. (2007-09-27)

DGIST acquired the first KELAF Certification as a Daegu-Gyeongbuk Educational Institution
Designated as a KELAF and held signboard hanging ceremony as organized by the Ministry of Drug and Food Safety. They will lay the foundation for advanced bio research by securing the reliability and ethicality of animal experiments. (2019-05-08)

New labelling on foods still not clear enough for allergy sufferers
Safety for people with food allergies will be boosted later this month when new European laws will force manufacturers to label their food more accurately, but the laws do not offer full protection, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2005-11-17)

IFT To Provide Expertise On Food Science To FDA
The Institute of Food Technologists entered into a five-year contract yesterday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to provide scientific evaluations and reviews on issues related to food safety, food processing, and human health. IFT will study and assess current and new information in these areas to enable the agency to develop timely food safety policies and regulations based on the most advanced science. (1998-10-01)

IFT to host Food Policy Impact Conference in DC Dec. 1st
On Dec. 1, 2011, the Institute of Food Technologists is hosting it's first-ever Food Policy Impact Conference in Washington DC at the Sheraton Crystal City. The conference will bring together professionals in food laws, regulations and policy to learn approaches that will make a tangible impact on the future. (2011-11-02)

ACS webinar focuses on how chemistry keeps the food supply safe
News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society Webinars, focusing on Professional Growth and Development. The webinar will be aired on Thursday, April 1, 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time. (2010-03-23)

Produce safety future focus of supermarkets, farmers and consumers
Shoppers will continue to see the Fresh Local Produce sign in supermarkets, but stores will increasingly require growers to show proof of good agricultural practices, according to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers. (2012-03-20)

Back to the future: Low-tech food-safety trainings still best for some audiences
While current training for food safety and sanitation usually incorporates high-technology presentations, such as videos and slide shows, there is still a need for low-tech approaches, according to Penn State researchers. (2018-07-02)

USDA says current poultry food safety guidelines do not stop salmonella outbreaks
Current poultry food safety guidelines for Salmonella, the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks, are inadequate. A new study conducted by Thomas Oscar, USDA Agricultural Research Service, ''Salmonella prevalence alone is not a good indicator of poultry food safety,'' published in Risk Analysis, explores additional factors that must be considered in order to identify poultry products that are truly safe for human consumption. (2020-08-26)

Researchers aim to demystify complex ag water requirements for Produce Safety Rule
In an effort to ensure the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables for consumers, Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance is helping to explain complex federal food safety rules and develop new ways to assess agricultural water use. (2019-03-27)

New test finds diisobutyl phthalate in some cardboard food packaging -- recycling is the issue
A new test can identify take-away paper-based food containers (such as pizza boxes) that break phthalate safety rules. The phthalates (plasticisers) are present because the containers were made from pulp that contained at least some recycled paper and cardboard. In Italy, where the test was developed, this use of recycled paper and cardboard for food packaging breaks food safety rules. (2007-11-28)

American Frozen Food Institute's international expert panel publishes new manuscript
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) announces the publication of a new manuscript, ''Alternative Approaches to the Risk Management of Listeria monocytogenes in Low Risk Foods,'' now available online in Food Control, an international scientific journal for food safety and process control professionals. (2020-10-16)

Spores for thought
Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have established how clostridia bacteria emerge from spores. This could help them understand how these bacteria germinate and go on to produce the deadly toxin responsible for botulism, a lethal form of food poisoning, or cause food spoilage. (2015-05-13)

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