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Op-Ed: What's so safe about all the glass in our food products?

It's bad enough that we have to worry about E. coli and Listeria germs in our food products. Now we have to worry about glass in our food. In the past few weeks, four recalls have been issued over pieces of glass in a variety of food products.

Lab-grown milk, eggs and meat could hit store shelves in 5 years

Meat, eggs and milk could be produced in lab without killing or harming animals thanks to microbe cultures. The future of food as we know it may be forever changed, allowing even vegetarians and vegans to eat hamburgers and milkshakes again.

Canada has two weeks left to comply with USDA regulations

Food safety issues are in the news and it has nothing to do with recalled products. This time, food exports from Canada to the U.S. are possibly at stake, but the CFIA says any food safety issues have been addressed.

Product recalls — Food Safety and Inspection by the FSIS (Part 2)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is given the task of ensuring consumer's meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome, properly labeled and packaged.

Chipotle briefly closing all restaurants to talk food safety

It's been a bumpy year for Chipotle after frustrating outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus, so the company has decided it's time to take a short break and have a meeting with employees to discuss this unpleasant situation.

Top five food-borne illness stories of 2015

Food safety and protecting the public from pathogenic bacteria is the primary focus of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the FDA and the CDC. However, with all the regulations governing the safety of our food chain, there are harmful breakdowns.

Two dead in U.S. as preparation for hurricane Joaquin continues

Two people died today in the Carolinas from flooding brought on by heavy rains. And in the Bahamas, a very violent Joaquin continues to batter the islands with 130 mph winds, while the min. pressure of the storm has dropped further to 931 mb.

Warnings issued for U.S. food safety month

Washington - September is National Food Safety month, although many of the issues raised are pertinent not only to the U.S. but also to most countries worldwide.

India takes action over Maggi noodles case

Bombay - The Indian government is to sue Nestlé for $100 million over Maggi noodles. Maggi noodles were a popular snack in India before it was recently banned over food quality issues. The government claims that Nestlé have engaged in "unfair trade practices.”

Finding a needle in a hay stack just became easier

The detection of metal contaminates in our food supply is important to our health and safety, but existing methods of inspection are limited. However, researchers at Toyohashi University Of Technology may have solved that problem.

Using technology to go up against the Khapra beetle

Khapra beetles are a serious threat to food safety around the globe. They can destroy a significant portion of stored grains due to their "dirty eating" habits. They are difficult to control, and can survive anywhere, as long as it is warm.

Op-Ed: Ongoing budget cuts are putting food safety at risk

In 2010, Congress passed a sweeping food safety law that gave the FDA broader powers in preventing foodborne illness outbreaks. But with all the new powers allowed, Congress failed to give enough funding to the agency to carryout the new laws.

Summer food safety tips for a healthy Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is set aside to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives to ensure America's freedom. It is also the unofficial start of summer, and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, picnics and other food-related activities.

FDA insists that mechanically tenderized beef is marked-up

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put in place measures where mechanically tenderized beef sold in the U.S. must be clearly labeled.

Most milk in India fails quality standards

Mumbai - A report from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India indicates that over 68 percent of milk sold to consumers is substandard. In some cases milk has been adulterated with sugar, glucose powder and edible oil.

Budget cuts increasing risks to food safety in Canada

Edmonton - At a news conference on Tuesday in Edmonton, the national president of Canada's Agricultural Union said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cutbacks in the number of inspections of processing plants is putting people at risk of foodborne illnesses.

New food safety protocols issued for reusable plastic containers Special

The Reusable Packaging Association has responded to a number of reports critical of the safety of plastic shipping containers used to transport fruit and vegetables to markets. On March 10, the RPA issued new science-based protocols.

Spread that manure in your garden, but wait until fall

While most gardeners use synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to the soil, there is nothing wrong with using manure, as long as you have a way to transport it. But manure also has a down-side you need to know about.

Research shows how climate change is impacting food safety

While there is controversy over the magnitude of its effects, climate change is having an indisputable impact on our food production, supply chain, food safety and the prevalence of foodborne diseases.

U.S. National Food Safety Month

Atlanta - September is National Food Safety Education month in the U.S. The CDC has issued some new guidance to help producers and consumers to avoid food poisoning.

U.S. company withdraws outdated, tainted food products

Rocked by a recent food safety scandal, a prominent U.S food supplier is withdrawing all products produced by its Chinese subsidiary due to health and safety concerns.

Beijing bans outdoor grills in effort to tackle pollution

Beijing - Government authorities in Beijing, China, deeply concerned over high pollution levels issued a new law that goes into affect May 1. The law targets outdoor grilling, and with the approach of summer, the impact of the law is sure to create dissention.

GM crop contamination disrupts global food trade

Rome - Increased production of genetically modified crops worldwide has caused a sharp rise in the number of incidents where low levels of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been found in food and feedstuffs traded between nations, disrupting trade.

Hot Pockets recalled over diseased meat

Multinational food giant Nestlé announced Tuesday that it was issuing a voluntary recall of hundreds of thousands of cases of its popular Hot Pockets snack sandwiches because they contain diseased meat.

FDA warns about dangerous vitamin supplement

The U S Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or use Ortiga, an unapproved product promoted for a variety of health conditions and sold on multiple websites, including eBay, and in some retail stores.

U.S. government 'safe' sugar level harms mice

A high-sugar diet, comparable to one consumed by up to a quarter of U.S. citizens, renders mice less able to compete for territory and reproduce, according to some new research.

Producers of fake condiment detained in China

Shanghai - Producers of a fake chicken and gourmet condiment have been seized in Shanghai, China, in the latest food safety scandal in the country.

Op-Ed: Processed chicken free of human body parts says factory worker

The confessions of a chicken processing plant worker caused much clucking on a Reddit thread but when it comes to chicken nuggets, the insider gave re-assurance that processed chicken products contain nothing in the way of human body parts.

Food: EU to relax rules on animal protein in animal feed

Lost amongst the Europe-wide furore concerning the discovery of horsemeat in processed foods, on February 14 the European Union quietly announced a partial lifting of the ban on animal proteins in feedstuffs.

Call for food safety testing to be expanded

Scientists in the U.S. have raised concern that food safety testing does not include screening of toxins produced by certain types of fungi.
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A pile of manure on a field somewhere in England
A pile of manure on a field somewhere in England
Paul Clarke
This Michigan Salad with grilled shrimp looks mighty good  but how many people were beaten  abused o...
This Michigan Salad with grilled shrimp looks mighty good, but how many people were beaten, abused or even killed so you can enjoy this?
Steven Depolo
Remember food safety guidelines during the holidays to keep the family healthy.
Remember food safety guidelines during the holidays to keep the family healthy.
YouTube
Infections from Listeria hit over 1 600 people a year in the U.S. resulting in 260 deaths.
Infections from Listeria hit over 1,600 people a year in the U.S. resulting in 260 deaths.
CBS Evening News
CFIA meat inspector and employee of meat plant.
CFIA meat inspector and employee of meat plant.
CFIA
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges  ag...
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges, agricultural run-off and the burning and release of waste. Photo: UNEP
United Nations Environmental Programme
Glass fragments
Glass fragments
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA/FSIS
X-Ray inspection machines are available in a variety of sizes  based on the size of the products to ...
X-Ray inspection machines are available in a variety of sizes, based on the size of the products to be inspected with larger products requiring a larger apeture which requires more powerful X-Ray scanning.
Accuweigh
A look inside a food safety laboratory.
A look inside a food safety laboratory.
AFDO
Reusable plastic containers replace cardboard and wood containers and pallets to help customers redu...
Reusable plastic containers replace cardboard and wood containers and pallets to help customers reduce material handling costs and improve supply chain efficiency.
Buckhorn Inc
Chicken carcass.
Chicken carcass.
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I ll pass on getting this extra protein in my diet.
I'll pass on getting this extra protein in my diet.
Swaminathan
The FSA is now mapping food safety prosecutions.
The FSA is now mapping food safety prosecutions.
Food Standards Agency-UK
For every Toronto resident reporting a food-borne illness  277 cases go unreported.
For every Toronto resident reporting a food-borne illness, 277 cases go unreported.
NutritionFacts.org.
Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) in a bag of rice confiscated by the US Customs and Border Prote...
Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) in a bag of rice confiscated by the US Customs and Border Protection.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Never use a utensil that has touched raw meat to serve cooked meat.
Never use a utensil that has touched raw meat to serve cooked meat.
Ballistic BBQ
Climate change in impacting food production and food safety.
Climate change in impacting food production and food safety.
Vince Bucello
The new metal detector series AluScan is an intelligent magnetic field surface sensor  which detects...
The new metal detector series AluScan is an intelligent magnetic field surface sensor, which detects the remaining magnetism from metallic contaminants. The products to be examined are magnetised on the conveyor before being transported through the metal detector. The non-magnetisable aluminium packages are thus invisible for the metal sensor. Contaminated products are detected and rejected.
Arun Arondekar