trade, food safety, traceability addressed at AMI conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ?Taking a not-too-subtle
shot at cattle growers, newly installed American Meat Institute chairman William
Buckner, vice chairman of Cargill Inc., accused growers of "placing narrow,
short-term self-interest above the interests of the industry as a whole"
in the continuing battle to keep the Canadian border closed to beef imports. He
also warned that efforts were afoot to close the border to pork products.
AMI chief executive J. Patrick Boyle, Buckner said, "Calling Canadian beef
unsafe is like calling your twin sister ugly." He promised that AMI would
remain strongly anti-protectionist and said that the association would intervene
against anti-dumping legislation being developed in Congress.
Stewart Owens, chief executive of Bob Evans Farms, as AMI chairman.
food safety and traceability
The majority of AMI sessions this year addressed
food safety in some form or another. John Hayes, senior director of U.S. food
supply, McDonald's Corp., led off Friday morning's sessions with a prediction
that traceability of animal products is inevitable and will soon become simply
another cost of doing business, whether government regulations mandate it or not.
already pays a premium for the 10 percent of U.S. beef it purchases from suppliers
who can provide birth-to-processor traceability, and will continue to do so for
the time being. Hayes said the company plans to have 100 percent of its meat products
traceable in the near future, and that "soon we will move to a higher playing
field, and everyone will have to play by the same rules."
said, demand reassurance that disease outbreak sources can be quickly identified,
quarantined and removed from the food supply, and the danger to the industry as
a whole of a major catastrophe is much too large to risk, given the relatively
modest cost of implementing traceability standards.
He said that McDonald's
prefers to work cooperatively with the industry, but that its customers come first,
and those customers are demanding traceability.
McDonald's is technology neutral,
he added, and the company simply requires that any traceability scheme can be
demonstrated to the company and third-party auditors. "We don't actually
see the data; all we care about is that we can verify that the data is there if
we need it," he said.
Food safety, Hayes said, should not be a competitive
issue. "We share whatever we have with our competitors if they ask,"
National animal identification
Earlier, Glenn N. Slack, president
and chief executive of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, reported
that the Agriculture Department's planned National Animal Identification System
will likely begin as a voluntary industry initiative, but will eventually become
mandatory as pressure from retailers, restaurateurs, processors and the public
at large grows.
The goal is to be able to trace any outbreak back to a suspect
animal or herd within 48 hours, he said, and the lesson of the U.K. hoof and mouth
disease outbreak, which cost the industry $13 billion and perhaps much more, illustrates
the self-interest even those who resist the idea should keep in mind.
Dr. Lisa Ferguson, senior staff veterinarian, USDA/APHIS, reported that the USDA's
National Surveillance Plan, which is surveying the nation's cattle herd for exposure
to BSE, is ahead of schedule in testing high-risk target populations. The plan
is to test some 268,000 samples from healthy cattle, "downers," cattle
that died on the farm, and on-farm suspects exhibiting symptoms of central nervous
That number was chosen because if all samples in the target
population test negative, it would indicate to a high degree of certainty that
BSE does not exist in the national herd.
The program has tested just under
70,000 samples since June 1, Ferguson said, and all have tested negative. APHIS
is now testing over 5,000 a week, which means that it should reach its goal of
268,000 within a year.
and safety priorities for market
Cape Breton Post
Sharon MacDonald of North West Arm, Nova
Scotia, writes that she was happy to consent to an interview with Wes Stewart,
further to Calgary's Food Safety Information Society report. The success of the
Cape Breton Farmers' Market as a year-round venue is good news for its vendors
and for the community.
The title of the resulting Sept. 28 article (Growing
Pains, Page B7) comes across as a warning. Anyone alerted by the warning might
have chosen not to read past the heading.
However, those who did read past
it and the wording under the photo would be pleased to note the regulations under
which our farmers' market operates. MacDonald says we welcome community members
who are unfamiliar with the market to visit and check us out.
We have taken
food handling courses with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and are
subject to regular inspections from the department's food safety inspector. Government
regulations are adhered to and quality foods are available to our patrons.
chemically sensitive members of our community are able to purchase foods that
are unavailable to them elsewhere; they are among our regular shoppers.
of our vendors grow and produce foods totally without use of antibiotics, synthetic
fertilizers and hormones. The public is encouraged to talk with our members, to
question anything and, most of all to enjoy the camaraderie of the market and
the healthy products we offer.
As renovations near completion at our locale,
the Sydney Marine Terminal on the Esplanade, our market space should be enhanced,
and we anticipate continued growth and success. Using the Halifax Brewery Market
as a guide, we see no reason that the Cape Breton Farmers' Market should not strive
toward similar acceptance and enjoyment by our community.
Please refer to the
Web site: http://www.NSFarmersMarkets.ca/
cow may have gotten into animal feed
01 Oct 2004
- The diseased cow that sparked Canada's mad cow crisis in May 2003 was turned
into feed and may have been mistakenly fed to other cows, CBC News has learned.
Documents obtained through
Access to Information show the Canadian Food Inspection Agency had discovered
cattle at a number of farms were eating feed intended only for pigs and chickens.
That feed may have contained the rendered remains of the diseased cow. By
law, cattle cannot be given feed made from rendered cows, precisely because it
could spread bovine spongiform encephalopathy. FROM
JUNE 9, 2003: Western premiers call BSE a 'disaster'
Part of the problem was
by the time BSE was confirmed in the suspect cow, it had already been ground up
into feed. The agency estimated
that feed was sold to as many as 1,800 farms and launched an investigation. They
visited 200 cattle operations and found several cases where cows were exposed
to the feed. Three cattle farms
were quarantined and 63 cattle destroyed. Inspectors
also learned there was frequent cross-contamination of chicken and cattle feed,
and in one case, the farmer admitted he routinely gave chicken feed to cows. In
1997, the federal government banned the practice of allowing cattle to be ground
up and fed back to other cattle. The
latest research shows just a milligram of infected feed is needed to trigger BSE
in a cow, said Neil Cashman, professor of neurological disease at the University
of Toronto. According to Cashman,
Canada should not be feeding any animals any material rendered from a cow because
feed mix-ups are so common. He adds that the risk to humans is infinitesimal.Cattle
remains are still used as pig and chicken feed, but concerns about cross-contamination
persist. Mike McBain In June
of last year, a group of international scientists urged Canada to stop recycling
the most potentially infectious parts of cows, like the spinal column and the
brain, into animal feed. The
agency consulted industry, farmers, and trading partners about such a ban, but
nothing has been put in place, says Sergio Taluso, spokesperson for the food inspection
agency. One lobby group argued
changes must come now. "The
only way to stop the transmission is to stop recycling animal protein into herbivores,"
said Mike McBain, of the Canadian Health Coalition. "And
the [food inspection agency] has refused to do that because it's waiting for the
signal from industry instead of intervening and telling industry what to do,"
said McBain. Written by CBC News
campylobacter standards from USDA, advisor says
John Gregerson on 10/1/04 for Meatingplace.com
of Article: www.meatingplace.com
Tenn. ?The wait is over for processors expecting campylobacter performance standards
from the Agriculture Department. There aren't going to be any, at least not for
now, according to W. Benji Mikel, a professor at the University of Kentucky and
member of a USDA advisory committee on salmonella. Mikel,
who was speaking at the American Meat Institute's annual convention here, said
that in July he asked USDA officials when processors could expect campylobacter
performance standards similar to those for salmonella. "I just heard back
yesterday, and was told that because of the industry's success in reducing salmonella,
processors are going to be allowed to show they can handle campylobacter using
the same principles and methods of intervention," he said. While Mikel did
not identify his source at USDA, he said the information came from "the office
of policy ?not off the beaten path." Camplyobacter,
which is common to poultry and swine, is the leading cause of diarrhea-related
food illness in people ?"far more so than salmonella," Mikel said. Much
of Mikel's talk concerned intervention strategies for small and very small processors
contending with salmonella. Mikel said that after the salmonella performance standards
were put in place, he was part of a government-assembled salmonella assistance
team providing advice on pathogen reduction to small processors. "At the
time, we were certain what we were telling them was right, but didn't have the
data to support it," he recalled.
has since been involved in studies involving common interventions, including lactic
acid, chlorine spray and hot water. "What we found was that cleansing pig
carcasses with 140-degree washes achieved a 3 log reduction in salmonella,"
he said. "For those processors without access to water at those temperatures,
the results were almost the same with 90-degree washes."
October 1, 2004
Food Irradiation Update is published
by the Minnesota Beef Council
download the new American National Cattlewomen(ANCW) food irradiation
go to : http://www.mnbeef.org/
Foods Booklet Provides Science-based Information on Food Irradiation:
American Council on Science & Health booklet on irradiated foods can
poisoning, birthday guests - USA (FL)(02): vibrio parahaemolyticus
found in food of pricey birthday party at Boca Resort
A bacteria usually found
in raw and undercooked seafood was detected in 2
of at least 96 people who
got sick after an USD 80 000 birthday party at
Boca Raton Resort and Club,
health officials said on Fri 24 Sep 2004.
While taking pains to not assign
blame, the Palm Beach County Health Department now thinks the bacteria Vibrio
parahaemolyticus caused the outbreak of severe diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and fever
after the 18 Sep 2004 soiree, a spokesman said.
"We have an indicator
now to include in our investigation of the party," department spokesman Timothy
O'Connor said. "This fits the symptoms that all the people had." The
department is still investigating whether the food contamination stemmed from
improper handling at the resort, bad products from food suppliers, or some other
cause, O'Connor said. "It doesn't put the blame on anybody at this point,"
The outbreak began the day after the 45th birthday party for a plastic
surgeon. The feast featured a menu of hors d'oeuvres, shrimp and scallop appetizer,
lobster, filet mignon, and cream-filled pastries. Health investigators have talked
to 121 of the 189 guests, 96 of whom got sick, O'Connor said. Lab tests from more
guests, and from food samples at the resort, are pending.
The bacterium can
be easily avoided by cooking seafood to at least 158 degrees for 15 minutes.
[Although classically associated with the ingestion of raw oysters,
parahaemolyticus_ may be associated with a variety of seafood. - Mod.LL]
lab offers on the spot tests
BBC News Online technology staff
Source of Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3659690.stm
4 October, 2004
Vets in the
field could instantly test animals for diseases
portable mini lab that can test for human and animal diseases could save lives
and time, say its makers.
Developed by the Ministry of Defence's research
arm, the system was originally designed to search for biological warfare agents
on the battlefield.
behind the mini lab say it has much wider and more practical uses. These
include while-you-wait testing at GP surgeries, food contamination spotting and
animal disease detection.
in animals quickly is essential as the 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease
It will provide individuals
with their result at the time of the consultation, rather than three or more days
as is the current practice
of Health spokesperson
Equipping vets with a machine that can immediately
spot infectious animal diseases could be an invaluable tool, said Sarah Watts,
a vet who has seen the system in action. "A
faster more reliable diagnosis of disease and infection will enable the veterinary
profession to deal with disease outbreaks and health surveillance in a timely
manner, which will improve animal welfare and ensure reduced disease spread,"
The system uses
a process known as Polymerase Chain Reaction, which heats and cools samples using
an enzyme to generate billions of copies of segments of DNA, enabling them to
be analysed. Normally such a
process can only be done in a laboratory using a heating block to heat and cool
samples in a test tube
portable lab has its own heating system using a plastic which can heat and cool
test tubes individually.
The Defence Science and Technology
Laboratory, the research arm of the MoD, has created a spin-off company, called
Enigma Diagnostics, to provide the machines for vets and other professionals by
the end of the year.
will not be cheap however. A machine currently costs around ?0,000, although it
is hoped the cost can fall to around ?0,000 once mass production kicks in. Dr
David Squirrell, managing director of Enigma Diagnostics, believes the system
could save lives. "Potentially it could be used by GPs for meningitis testing
and in that context it could be a life saver," he said. The company has already
been asked by the Department of Health to create a PCR machine that can spot the
sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia, which is on the rise in the UK.
A Department of Health spokesperson said the system had several advantages
over current lab tests
"It will provide individuals with their result
at the time of the consultation, rather than three or more days as is the current
practice," said the spokesperson.The test will also be more reliable than
the existing ones, he said.The mini lab could also be used in the food industry
to test for contamination such as Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli.It could also
be used by food manufacturers to detect Genetic Modifications (GM) in food.Police
could also take advantage of the portable lab to analyse DNA samples at the scene
Solutions, Inc. Introduces Averaging and Trending Features
Solutions, Inc., have released LabSoft LIMS Version 7.14 which enhances the data
management provided to the user with representative averaging and automatic trend
representative averaging feature allows lab technicians to select the most representative
data when calculating an average for multiple test values of a given sample/grab.
The calculation creates a value that represents the multiple test values recorded
for a particular sample. All test values (whether marked representative or not)
are stored in the LabSoft LIMS database and can be accessed by various tools.
The representative calculation is determined by averaging the test values that
are 'marked' representative.
data gives a company the ability to calculate and monitor verification and sample
data. Verification data establishes the stability of the data collecting instruments
and sample data provides accurate representations of the test values from a sample/grab.
notification is an automatic service that runs a Control Chart to determine if
data is trending or Out of Spec. Notices and E-mail notifications can be generated
based on the Control Chart analysis.
more information about this news item
Computing Solutions, Inc.
for mandatory BSE tests
September 30, 2004
The Toronto Star
Sylvain Charlebois, a food safety researcher and assistant professor in marketing
in the faculty of administration at the University of Regina, says that the Canadian
cattle industry is playing with fire.
The producers are lagging behind in meeting
the target of 8,000 cattle tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by
the end of this year, a target set by the federal government less than a year
In Alberta alone, only 1,000 cattle have been tested for "mad cow
disease," which is only 37 per cent of the target set for the province. Without
radical adjustments to its testing policies, the Canadian beef industry will be
unable to show its international trading partners that it can properly appraise
risks correlated with food safety.
Charlebois says that evidently, producers
are reluctant to send more cattle for testing, as they may end up finding a new
case, thereby summoning further confusion and disaster to an already complicated
issue. Producers are, moreover, discouraged from making set targets a priority
because they now pay rendering organizations to transport the cattle or their
carcasses. The current policies on BSE testing are ambiguous, strategically ineffective,
and do everything but engage marketing empowerment for the cattle producers.
current system does not offer comforting results, and very little is inhibited
by governmental authorities. To meet these targets, BSE testing should be mandatory.
However, not only should testing be mandatory, but it has to be properly implemented.
all the stakeholders involved in the mad cow crisis, the federal government is
the one that needs to financially support the industry in order to match global
standards in food safety. Japan, which just recently discovered its 12th BSE case
since 2001, tests all cattle, with no exceptions, and the Japanese government
fully supports its industry. The case was diagnosed only five days after it was
sent to slaughter.
In Canada, it took almost four months, from the time the
ailing animal in Alberta was slaughtered on Jan. 30, 2003, until the actual BSE
test on May 16. At the time, only some animals that showed visual symptoms of
illness were tested, as evidenced by the fact that the Alberta cow was initially
diagnosed as having pneumonia and was put down before entering the food chain.
impediments have proven not to be a very persuasive tool for convincing scrupulous
food-safety-aware nations like Japan, formerly one of our most important foreign
trading partners for beef related products, that Canadian beef is safe.
federal government has enhanced testing standards for BSE, beginning in the spring,
by augmenting the number of tests to 8,000 in 2004 and 30,000 in 2005. Unfortunately,
as pointed out, the industry is nowhere near these targets, which are considered
by many observers to be very low.
Financially, cattle producers are stretched
to the limit and cannot afford supplementary operating costs. The industry needs
an inclusive system that will work for both producers and foreign trading partners.
A change in the current testing policies from the federal government is needed
to make a workable testing strategy that will re-establish the industry's integrity.
of all adults believe they have food allergies
of Article: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/
show about 20% of all adults believe they have food allergies. When a full evaluation
and diagnosis has been performed, however, only 1 to 2% of people suffer from
allergies. Because their immune systems are not yet fully developed, young children
are likely to be more affected than adults.
is food allergy?
food allergy is an adverse reaction to a food or food component that involves
the body's immune system. Other adverse reactions to foods involve the body's
metabolism but not the immune system. These are known as food intolerance and
can include reactions to food poisoning and enzyme deficiencies, which prevent
proper digestion of certain food components such as lactose (milk sugar).
true allergic reaction involves three primary components: Contact with the food
allergen (a reaction provoking substance, usually a protein) Increased Immunogloblin
E (IgE - an antibody in the immune system that reacts to allergens) Mast cells
(tissue cells) and basophils (blood cells) which when in contact with IgE antibodies
release histamine or other substances causing allergic symptoms
the body's immune system recognises an allergen in a food, it produces antibodies
to block this foreign invasion. At the same time, the body exhibits physical symptoms
such as swelling of the lips, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea, hives, rashes
or eczema, a running nose and breathing problems. A more serious but rare reaction
is anaphylactic shock which is life threatening and requires immediate medical
reactions to food are rare but may be caused by just about any food. ILSI (the
International Life Sciences Institute) has categorised a list from a CODEX proposal
of recognised food allergens: 'Critical' allergen: peanut 'Major' allergens: cereals
containing gluten (oats, wheat, barley, rye spelt), shellfish (excluding molluscs),
eggs, fish, soya, milk protein, tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecan
nuts, pine kernels, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts) and sesame seeds.
'Minor' allergens: buckwheat, celery, fruits with stones (apricots, cherries,
peaches and plums)
to do when food allergy is suspected?
an allergy to a food is suspected, it is best to avoid eating that food until
a doctor is consulted to establish the causes, as factors such as one's medical
condition may also produce similar symptoms. If however, the symptoms are associated
with a food allergy, evaluation by an allergist is essential. The only reliable
diagnosis of a food allergy is a combination of skin tests (application of the
suspect food to the skin) and double blind oral challenges (eating food or a placebo
in the form of a capsule while both the patient and the doctor are unaware of
either capsule's contents).
with a food allergy
no adequate treatment exists to cure food allergies permanently. Once diagnosed,
the only effective treatment is the so-called 'avoidance' diet -removing the food
in question from a person's diet. We should be aware that the removal of foods,
especially staple foods, may require medical advice because of potential dietary
imbalances, particularly in children.
September 29, 2004
The Leader-Post (Regina)
Before mid-May 2003, the possibility that bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE) would be found in Canada was, according to this editorial, taken seriously
by only a few scientists, veterinary experts and ranchers. Other ranchers and
the public seemed blissfully unaware it might be discovered, or else figured it
would be mean nothing more than a short disruption.
In their wildest dreams,
who thought that, 16 months later, the American border would still be closed to
most (though, significantly, not all ) Canadian beef -- and that there would be
no end in sight?
We know now. And we also know that -- contrary to Canadian
conventional wisdom -- the roadblock to reopening the border is not the American
government, but American special interest groups like the notorious Montana-based
Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF), which has been fighting a determined
legal action against science and common sense.
The American government is Canada's
ally in this matter. Uncle Sam knows that an independent case of BSE, with no
link to Canada, could pop up at any time within the U.S.
When and if that happens,
the doors of foreign importers will slam shut. At that point, the U.S. will need
a protocol, or administrative roadmap, for getting its beef readmitted to these
markets as quickly as possible. The faster that Canadian beef is OK'd, the faster
American beef will be cleared at some point in the future.
Despite its pious
claims about public health, the obstructionist R-CALF sees only the higher prices
its members get and thus continues ruthless legal warfare to keep competing Canadian
beef out of the market. This reduces the supply of cattle for American processors,
raising the price for consumers -- but that's of no concern to R-CALF.
(for the Canadian cattle industry) there seems to be no way of short-circuiting
Safety and Quality Update now available
Safety and Quality Update - No. 21
In This Issue
Information Now Available
Proyecto sobre frutas y hortalizas frescas- Informe de los seminarios
Functional Foods Workshop report
Versi? en espa?l del Manual APPCC para la
prevenci? y control de las
Joint Action Team on Probiotics
Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators 2 (GF2)
on Food Safety in SAARC Countries (Follow-Up Activities)
Taller sobre Sistemas
de Control de los Alimentos- FAO/PAHO
Upcoming Codex meetings
Codex Trust Fund- Applications for 2005 funding
Food and Nutrition
FAO Coffee Quality and Safety Project
Please download this issue from ftp://ftp.fao.org/es/esn/fsq_update/21.pdf
you have problems down-loading the file, please contact
with E. coli on life support
of Article: http://www.mydjconnection.com/
CHRIS CLINE\Daily Journal Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - A 2-year-old Bonne Terre
girl is on life-support at Cardinal Glennon Hospital after being diagnosed with
a strain of E. coli known as E. coli 0157:H7.The
mother of the girl, Valerie Allen, said she believes her daughter Emily and her
1-year-old son Carter contracted the strain of E. coli on Sept. 18.
mother, my son and I all ate at one restaurant on Sept. 18, while I picked up
kids' dinners for Emily and Carter at a restaurant next door," Allen said.
I went to a different restaurant to get dinner for Emily and Carter because they
didn't have food the kids would like at the restaurant we were eating at."
said by the evening of Sept. 19, Carter started having diarrhea."Emily
then began to have diarrhea on Monday (Sept. 20), said Allen. "Neither of
the kids had a fever so I really didn't think it was anything major. On Tuesday
Emily has a trace of blood in her stool and by Wednesday she started vomiting
and has a lot of blood in her stool."
said she took her daughter to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center for treatment."Mineral
Area (Regional Medical Center) said it was a virus and they sent Emily to Cardinal
Glennon," Allen said. "Once we got to Cardinal Glennon, they did an
ultrasound on Emily and found that her appendix were damaged."Allen
said surgery was then performed on her daughter to remove her appendix."Emily
remained in the hospital and things went okay for a while, but then on Sept. 24
Emily's kidneys shutdown," Allen said. "The day after her kidneys shutdown,
Emily's kidney doctor said she had a strain of E. coli 0157:H7. Emily was then
placed on life support on Sept. 29 because she was having difficulty breathing."Allen
said her daughter is now undergoing dialysis and they expect to find out within
two weeks if Emily is going to have to have a kidney transplant."We
don't know how long she is going to have to stay on life support," Allen
said. "If anyone has any of these symptoms, they need to get checked out
immediately."The St. Francois
County Health Department acknowledged Thursday a presumptive case of E. coli that
has been reported in St. Francois County. According to officials with the county
health department, the investigation is ongoing and test results are expected
to come back next week.Maserang
said E. coli is a normal bacteria that lives in the intestines of humans and in
animals. While most strains are harmless, some strains are known to produce toxins
which can cause illnesses.Maserang
said. "This particular strain can cause many degrees of illnesses ranging
from severe diarrhea to death."Maserang
said the case of E. coli was reported to the county health department on Sept.
27."We are currently checking
the food history of the individual along with sources of water," said Maserang.
"I want to stress that the investigation is ongoing and we are going to keep
the public up to date on this."
to a fact sheet released by the county health department, anyone can become infected
with E. coli 0157:H7, but children and the elderly are more likely to develop
serious complications. The illness is acquired by ingesting food or water that
contains the bacteria.The bacteria
can be found in the intestines of some cattle and contamination of the meat can
occur during the slaughtering process. Eating meat that is rare or inadequately
cooked is a common way of receiving the infection. Infection can also occur by
contaminating surfaces or utensils with raw meat and then preparing uncooked food
on those surfaces without washing them.Vegetables,
fruits and unpasteurized fruit juices can also be contaminated. Petting or handling
animals that are infected without washing hands immediately is another way the
infection can be transmitted. Person-to-person transmission can also occur if
infected people do not wash their hands after using the toilet.Symptoms
can include sever diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Blood is often seen in the stool.
Fever may or may not be present. Symptoms usually appear three days after exposure,
but may be as short as one day or as long as nine days.
some cases, particularly with children under 5 years of age, the infection causes
a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome. This is a serious disease in
which the kidneys fail.Most people
recover without from E. coli 0157:H7 without treatment within five to 10 days.
Medications such as Imodium or Lomotil should not be given to people to people
who are suspected of having E. coli 0157:H7.
Salmonella Test Receives AOAC RI Approval
Inc. have announced that its Genevision¢ç food safety test for the detection of
Salmonella spp. has been granted Performance TestedSM status by the AOAC Research
Institute and becomes the fifth Genevision test to be validated in the United
AOAC Research Institute is a non-profit international scientific organization
that administers thePerformance Tested MethodsSM Program. Within this program,
an independent third-party review showed that the Genevision test detected Salmonella
spp. as well as or better than traditional culture methods.
test was granted Performance TestedSM status for a "Variety of Foods",
after being tested in such foods as ground beef, chicken breast, pork cubes, cooked
ham, chicken wings, clam chowder, cottage cheese, tortellini, apple juice, and
Genevision Rapid Pathogen Detection System uses state-of-the-a rt genomics -based
technology to rapidly and accurately detect the presence of harmful pathogens
in food products. The technology allows for the simultaneous detection of multiple
pathogens and processing of samples within 24 to 48 hours.
more information about this news item
Food and Water Laboratory Network to Deal With 21st Century Challenges
Health Protection Agency is planning to revamp the Food, Dairy, Water and Environmental
(FDWE) laboratory service network from this November to deal with new outbreaks
and emergencies, the Agency's Board heard today.
proposals, for a network of regionally based FDWE laboratories working within
a new national framework, are being sent to Local Authority Chief Executives and
other key stakeholders later this month for their input on how best to implement
the new service in their local areas.
regional network would have a designated lead FDWE laboratory which would act
as the focus of outbreak and incident response and new technology in that region.
The national framework would ensure high microbiology standards as well as the
laboratories contributing to surveillance, data flows and national projects and
key aim of the HPA's proposed new network is to develop an integrated, effective
and reliable FDWE microbiology service, as well as a formal system which reflects
the changing service needs of customers in the NHS, Local Authorities and other
The FDWE laboratories
will provide essential data for the science base for food policy and identifying
public health interventions including a collaborative public health investigation
of raw shell eggs in the Agency's London Region which highlighted hospitals using
eggs contaminated with Salmonella. These eggs were withdrawn from use and the
hospitals reminded of the proper use of raw shell eggs by the Food Standards Agency.
This advice was reinforced by directly contacting Medical Directors of NHS Trusts
Health Protection Agency, UK - Visit Health Protection Agency, UK web pages