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Interesting Food Safety News

FSIS seeks nominations for inspection advisory committee

by Dan Murphy on 8/13/02 for www.meatingplace.com
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is soliciting nominations for membership to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, a committee of experts charged with giving advice and recommendations to the secretary of Agriculture on meat and poultry inspection policies and programs. The committee is composed of up to 18 individuals serving a two-year term. The make up of the committee will be determined by the USDA secretary. The names of nominees, along with their curricula vitae, must be submitted to the agency no later than Sept. 26. Applications are available online by logging onto FSIS.gov For more information, logon to FRWebgate.gov

Experts to advise on water alerts
The water bug sparked political uproar http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2191942.stm
Experts are to be drafted in to advise the Scottish Executive when the public should be informed about contamination of tap water. The move is one of the steps agreed by ministers as they attempt to restore confidence in the country's water supplies after a number of alerts. An ad-hoc group of ministers set up to look at the issue has agreed that there needs to be greater clarity and transparency. There were failures in the way vital information was given to the public affected by the recent water alerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Ross Finnie
Environment Minister They have also warned Scottish Water to get its act together and ensure that it holds accurate information about its networks. The group, which is chaired by Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm, met on Wednesday. It was created following water scares in Glasgow and Edinburgh last week sparked by the presence of the cryptosporidium bug. This parasite can cause diarrhoea, sickness, stomach cramps and a slight fever. Scottish Water has received stiff criticism from the opposition parties over its handling of the problems, which left 150,000 people in Glasgow and Clydebank having to boil their water before it was safe to drink.
Water regulator
The bug was found in water from the Mugdock Reservoir in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. Traces of cryptosporidium were also discovered in Edinburgh's water supply. The working group received reports on both these incidents, along with a third from drinking water regulator Tim Hooton on the state of Scotland's supplies.
Malcolm Chisholm chaired the group
Ministers said clearer guidance was needed on the criteria used by doctors and scientists to make judgements on the health risks posed by cryptosporidium. Professor Ian Bouchier has been asked to convene a meeting of his expert group to advise on the standards for levels of the parasite in drinking water and on informing the public about those levels and the need to boil water. Meetings will also be called with public health officials across the country to look at how they tackle such situations. These meetings will aim to ensure consistency about how decisions are reached. Ministers have also called for a review of Scottish Water's own arrangements to ensure that it holds accurate information on its networks.
Fully informed
Mr Hooton is also to be asked to review cryptosporidium regulations to see whether they need strengthening. Mr Chisholm said: "I am determined that in all of these matters we will be guided by the public health considerations and a commitment to transparency so that the public is always fully informed at the right time. "These are interim recommendations which will be carried forward as a matter of urgency.
Cryptosporidium can lead to ill health"We will be reconvening early next week to receive reports on progress and consider what further recommendations and action may be required." Environment Minister Ross Finnie - who has rejected Scottish National Party calls for his resignation over the outbreaks - said people had to be assured that they could have confidence in the public water supply. "There were failures in the way vital information was given to the public affected by the recent water alerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh. "We need to take a detailed look at how these decisions can be better communicated to the public to avoid unnecessary confusion and concern in the future," he said.

Consumer Group Takes on Meat Substitute
(Direct Ag.com)
Edited by Willie Vogt
The food industry is creating plenty of niches to meet a wider range of consumer interests and tastes, however one consumer group sees trouble for a type of food offered for meatless diets. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop the marketing of a fungus-based meat substitute from Marlow Foods.
The consumer group, known to prepare reports warning of the dangers of a wide range of foods, including Mexican food, and a supporter of biotech food labeling, is also taking on this "faux meat" product. Marlow Foods markets Quorn, which is a "mycoprotein" made from a single-cell fungus grown in large vats. The product is formed into fake chicken patties, nuggets and cutlets, as well as being sold as imitation ground beef.
CSPI claims the product can cause severe allergic reactions to some people, a danger that the group claims the FDA has ignored. The consumer group solicited comments through a Web site called QuornComplaints.com. About 30 people responded with a range of symptoms to the product. CSPI wants Quorn Foods products pulled from the meat-free shelves of local grocery stores.
Marlow Foods, maker of the Quorn product, defended the food line. The company told Supermarket News that such allergic reactions are rare, with only one in 146,000 consumers likely to have "some intolerance," according to a company official. You can learn more about Marlow Foods by visiting MarlowFoodsUS.com. 8/13/02

Recall Summary
08/14. Illinois Firm Has Recalled Sausage Products Aug 14
08/14. Manufacturer Has Recalled Cheese Product Aug 14
08/14. Illinois Firm Has Recalled Sausage Products Aug 14
08/14. Recall Update: Berthelet brand NATURALLY FLAVORED CRYSTALS
08/14. Recall Update: LA TAPATIA brand TELERAS Recall is Complete Aug 14
08/14. Recall Update: I. Kunik "Susie" cantaloupes Recall is Complete Aug 14
08/14. Recall Update: Allied Imports SF brand DRIED SWEET POTATO
08/14. Recall Update: Interstate Brands Drake's Sunny Doodle Recall is Complete Aug 14
08/14. Illinois Firm Recalls Sausage Products For Possible Salmonella Contamination
08/13. New York Firm Has Recalled Pork Product Aug 12
08/12. Cheeses off shelf after poisoning scare
08/12. Lowes Foods store recalls ground beef
08/12. PREMIER brand SMOKED SALMON CHEESE may contain L monocytogenes
08/12. Undeclared milk in BREAD OF LIFE PIE AND COOKIE COMPANY brand
08/12. IMAGINE FOODS issues allergy alert on undeclared milk protein
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08/14. EPA to Discipline Biotech Companies
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08/13. PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS CLOSE RESTAURANTS
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08/13. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FINES FOOD WHOLESALER 493K
08/13. Oregon Measure Aims at Modified Foods
08/13. U.S. DECRIED ON FUNGUS-BASED MEAT
08/13. Bread preservative linked to behavioural problems in childre
08/13. FSIS seeks nominations for inspection advisory committee
08/13. Pork Board to fund research on alternatives to antibiotics
08/13. OJ: High-pressure processing from Australia
08/13. FDA takes close look at bioengineered food

USDA/FDA NEWS
For full information, click on
USDA Seeks Membership Nominations For National Advisory Committee On Meat And Poultry Inspection

Thinking Globally - Working Locally: A Conference on Food Safety Education: Updated Aug. 12

OPPDE What's New Page: Updated August 13, 2002

DRAFT FSIS Inspection-Related Issuances for Review

FSIS Actions Concerning Suppliers that may be Associated with Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 Positive Raw Ground Beef Product

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