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October 19, 2005
WASHINGTON?Twenty-four airlines have, according to this
story, signed agreements with the government subjecting the carriers to fines
of up to $27,500 if they fail to adopt tougher safeguards for monitoring and disinfecting
the drinking water served to passengers.
The Environmental Protection Agency
was cited as saying Wednesday that the deals with 11 major domestic airlines and
13 smaller airlines are intended to reduce disease-carrying bacteria in drinking
water on planes.
An EPA investigation last year found total coliform bacteria
in 15 percent of the 327 airplanes the agency reviewed at 19 airports. Total coliform
is usually harmless, but it is an indicator that other disease-causing organisms
could be in the water.
The administrative order says the airlines have failed
to fully comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. Failure to comply in the future
could mean penalties of up to $27,500 for each violation.
While most of its
members signed the agreement, the Air Transport Association was cited as saying
the drinking water found on airline is generally as safe as the municipal water
sources that supply it.
calls for maximum level comments on chemical contaminant in soy sauce
Source of Article: foodproductiondaily.com/
21/10/2005 - European
Commission calls for comments ahead of April Codex meeting on proposed maximum
levels of the potentially carcinogenic chemical contaminant 3-MCPD in hydrolysed
vegetable protein and soy sauces.
3-MCPD (3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol), a
chemical which may be formed in foods by the reaction of chloride with lipids,
can occur in foods and food ingredients as a result of processing, migration from
packaging materials during storage, or in domestic cooking.
is seeking feedback on draft maximum levels of 3-MCPD in HVP and soy sauces that
involve acid-hydrolysis in the production processes, or where products from acid-hydrolysis
might be present in the sauce.
The market for yeast extract based flavour enhancers
has been growing in parallel to the waning popularity of HVPs.
are increasingly moving away from including HVPs in their formulations and towards
yeast extract flavour enhancers, driven by concerns that acid-hydrolysed HVP,
produced using hydrochloric acid, could be potentially carcinogenic due to the
3-MCPD levels. Since April 2002 Europe has operated a maximum level of 0.02 mg/kg
for 3-MCPD in HVP and soy sauce, a level set when 3-MCPD was originally considered
to be a genotoxic (DNA changing) carcinogen. Subsequent risk assessments have
concluded that 3-MCPD is carcinogenic, but not genotoxic.
In view of the apparent
lower risk the maximum level was reviewed.
¡°However, enforcement activities
showed that 3-MCPD levels above this value tend to be very much higher and appear
to be a result of bad practice,¡± says the Commission.
No information has come
forward to show that following good practice a level greater than 0.02 mg/kg is
necessary, the executive concludes.
The Commission claims the recent collection
of data and estimates of dietary intake by EU member states ¡°confirm that 0.02
mg/kg would protect consumers and help ensure that soy sauces do not contribute
significantly towards the Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of 2 ¥ìg/kg body weight,
derived by the Scientific Committee on Food in 2001.¡±
Moreover, at 0.02 mg/kg
3-MCPD, the levels of associated chloropropanols ? the family of chemical contaminants
to which 3-MCPD belongs - are generally very low and would not require separate
maximum levels, adds Brussels.
Comments are needed ahead of the meeting of
the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants, 38th Session in The Netherlands
in April 2006.
safety sensor research aimed at small companies
Source of Article: foodproductiondaily.com/
21/10/2005 - Mice
and rats may get a break in being used as testers for toxins at shellfish processing
plants under an EU-wide project.
Under the BioCop project scientists are working
with food industry equipment makers to turn current high-tech instruments on the
market into affordable, more accurate cross-contaminant detectors that speed up
the process of weeding out unsafe products.
In the US about 250 million chemical
analyses are performed each day. About 10 per cent of these are of a poor standard
and had to be repeated, according to the BioCop site.
are supported by the European Commission, which estimated that at least five per
cent of the gross national product activities of European countries are devoted
to measurement and millions of euro are wasted each year by the need to repeat
poor quality tests," the report states.
The Biocop project is an unusual
partnership due to the difference in priorities between industry and academics.
However, the effort means instrument makers get access to the resources universities
and other research institutes have at their disposal, said one of the project's
management leaders, Mark Pullinger.
The project is designed to develop better
monitors for multiple chemical contaminants, including pesticides, toxins and
drugs, in a variety of foodstuffs. The project aims to supply food processors
with better instruments to meet the fresh demands from consumers and regulators
for increased food safety and quality. More
couple takes sues Dole
After two trips
to the emergency room and eight days in the hospital, Carol Tvedten is, according
to this story, on the path to recovery after she and her husband Lenny became
ill after eating lettuce that was tainted with E. coli O157, adding, "I was
betrayed and I felt emotional too, because our granddaughter was eating with us
that night and she decided not to eat lettuce. And I'm so thankful she did it
makes me emotional, it makes me angry and I've always practiced good food handling
methods and that didn't seem to make a difference in this case."
says it was here at the Fairmont medical center where Carol spent 9 days in the
hospital after coming down with symptoms similar to her husband. Carol says she
began feeling sick with a wide variety of symptoms.
With his wife still in
the hospital Lenny saw the news 12 report on the tainted lettuce. That's when
he knew his wife was ill with more than just the flu. "I was watching KEYC
news and I heard about the recall, I went and checked our refrigerator and sure
enough, we had the lot number and the same lettuce they were talking about."
story says that the Tvedten's have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of
the Premade salad, Dole. They hope to spare others from the misery they've experienced.
If this is going to help any company improve their quality control so this type
of thing doesn't happen".
Safety Concerns Spur Demand for Quality Refrigerated Vehicles
Release Source: Frost & Sullivan
Increasing Concerns About Food Safety
Lead to Growing Demand for Quality Refrigerated Vehicles and Systems
October 19, 8:15 am ET
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The North American refrigerated transportation market
is witnessing increased demand due to the growth in consumer spending on commodities.
The rise in consumption of food materials and beverages heightens the need for
better food safety and refrigerated transportation is vital to protect perishables.
analysis from Frost & Sullivan , North American Refrigerated Transportation
Market, reveals that revenues in this industry totaled $1.68 billion in 2004 and
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things you need to know about food allergies
of consumers in the U.S. suffer from bad reactions. ¡®Today¡¯ food editor Phil Lempert
discusses what you should know
By Phil Lempert
"Today" Food Editor
Source of Article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com
Millions of Americans
are affected by food allergies, but up until now ingredient listings on packages
have not been complete enough for consumers to avoid accidental ingestion of foods
that may make them very ill or are even life-threatening.
In fact, according
to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, more than 11 million consumers suffer
from food allergies, and those allergies are the leading cause of anaphylaxis
outside the hospital setting, accounting for an estimated 30,000 emergency room
visits and 2,000 hospitalizations annually. In addition, it¡¯s estimated that as
many as 200 people die each year from food allergy-related reactions. According
to the Food and Drug Administration, currently there are no cures for food allergies,
and the only successful method to manage these allergies is to avoid foods that
contain the causative proteins. But too often, ingredient listings have not been
complete enough to serve as an effective tool for consumers.
down on food safety violators
October 18, 2005
According to this story, some
of the 1,416 facilities that serve food in Marin County, California, haven't fared
so well when it comes to food safety inspections, and that a review of documents
from the county's food safety program indicates that more than a dozen food facilities,
which include restaurants, cafes, food retail stores and outdoor vendors, required
more than two re-inspections in the past year.
David Smail, the program's director,
was cited as saying the need for a re-inspection indicates that a recurring violation
has not been fixed by the facility,
In some cases, fees are levied by the
inspector. Re-inspections, if egregious violations are not repaired, incur a $100
fee. Fees can escalate to $300 and $500 if major problems are repeatedly ignored,
but those cases are uncommon, Smail said.
In addition to regular inspections,
the program monitors food safety through complaints. People can make a complaint
by phone, e-mail or on the county's Web site.
In the past six years, the county
recorded the highest number of food-related complaints in 1999 with 201. As of
last month, the county had recorded 115 complaints in 2005.
The story goes
on to note that Noah's Bagels in the Bon Air Center in Greenbrae had a series
of violations in April related to food storage and refrigerator problems, forcing
the store to throw out food that had been kept at inappropriate temperatures.
months later, a customer complained about a sick food handler coughing behind
the counter where food was being prepared, and the employee was sent home for
the day. The manager told county officials that the employee suffered from allergies.
story explains that the county's computer system is unable to perform searches
based on violations, so the Independent Journal screened violators based on facilities
that required ongoing inspections for recurring violations.
As a result, major
violations that were quickly fixed did not turn up in an initial review of county
records. For instance, the Cantina restaurant in Mill Valley had a major outbreak
of the Campylobacter bacteria in July, forcing the restaurant to close for a short
time. Once employees' food-handling practices were fixed, it was reopened July
Food facilities are required to post notices they have passed inspection,
but not if they incurred fines or fee payments along the way for violations.
environmental health services director Phil Smith was cited as saying that if
all goes as planned, the program will be a lot more transparent by early next
year, allowing people to find out about violations and violators on its Web site.
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microbiology testing market undergoing major changes
Strategic Consulting, Inc.
According to a new market report entitled
Food Micro 2005, the worldwide food microbiology market in 2005 represents over
625 million tests with a market value in excess of $1.65 billion. Simply put,
Food Micro?2005 is the best market research report yet published by Strategic
Consulting Inc. (SCI). SCI¡¯s reports have become accepted widely by leading diagnostic
manufacturers and investors as highly credible industry analyses. Food Micro--2005
includes a thorough review of the global market for microbiology testing generated
by the Food Processing Industry along with detailed examinations into its four
main sub-sectors?meat, dairy, fruits/vegetables, and processed foods. The Food
Sector represents the largest market segment within the Industrial Microbiology
Market and represents almost 50% of the total market. The Food Sector is more
than double the size of any of the other industrial segments including the Pharmaceutical,
Personal Care Products, Beverage, Environmental, and the Industrial Process Sectors.
Over the past decade there has been a heightened concern regarding food safety.
This Report details the current conditions in the Food Microbiology testing market.
Food Micro?2005 also reviews the macro market changes underway that are impacting
testing requirements and competitive practices. Given this foundation, Food Micro?2005
then makes thorough market projections through to 2010.
Since 1998 the market
value for food microbiology testing has grown significantly and has had an annual
average growth rate of 9.2%. However, as food processing companies have characterized
their plants for microbiology issues, made process improvements, changed production
practices, increased employee training, and generally become much more proactive,
the rate of growth in microbiology testing has normalized. In fact, during the
past year the market value for food microbiology testing grew at only a 6.8% rate.
A key factor in this decline in annual market value growth rates is explained
by changes in pathogen testing practices. During the 1998 to 2002 period many
companies were conducting one-time plant-wide audits to document potential pathogen
issues. This led to a very rapid growth in pathogen testing. However, as these
audits have diminished, growth rates have returned to a more sustainable level.
Even with these growth rate declines, Food Micro?2005 projects the worldwide food
microbiology testing market to grow to 822.8 million tests in 2010 with a market
value of $2.4 billion. This represents a projected annual growth rate of 5.6%
in testing volume. "The market value for these tests will grow at a faster
rate than testing volumes. Driving this higher increase is an acceleration of
the conversion from traditional microbiological testing methods to rapid methods,"
says Tom Weschler, president of Strategic Consulting. These newer methods have
a higher price per test but are being used more frequently because they provide
faster results and/or ease-of-use benefits versus the traditional methods. Traditional
methods currently account for approximately 65% of the tests performed worldwide
in 2005 in the Food Microbiology Market. Rapid methods (including convenience-based,
immunoassay-based, and molecular-based methods) accounted for the remaining 35%,
or approximately 220 million tests.
By 2010, however, much will have changed.
Traditional methods will still be the predominant methods used at 428.2 million
tests, but will represent only 52% of all tests, which is a reduction of 12.4%
based on percentage of tests performed. All the types of rapid methods will make
significant gains in usage during the coming 5 year period. When combined, the
annual test volume of rapid methods will almost double from current levels and
reach 394.6 million tests in 2010. The gain in the market value for rapid methods
will be even more pronounced than the testing volume increases since the rapid
methods have much higher average prices per test than traditional methods.
Food Micro--2005 there is extensive analysis of testing methods used by organism,
by subsector, and by major geographical region. For example the following chart
summarizes the global testing methods used in 2005 to analyze the dominant pathogens
in the Food Sector. As can quickly be seen, the choice of method varies greatly
"With such solid growth prospects, this Food Sector is a
market that all diagnostic manufacturers need to understand and, where they are
not currently present, possibly enter," says Weschler. The Report contains
the vital information required to facilitate the making and justification of such
key strategic decisions. Food Micro--2005 is over 250 pages in length and is presented
in fifteen tabulated sections in a wellorganized, easy reference spiral binder.
Over 280 data tables, charts, and exhibits are clearly displayed and provide extensive
insights into this market. In addition to reviewing testing practices by sector,
the Report analyzes testing by type of organism; compares the frequency of use
of conventional, convenience, immunoassay and molecular-based methodologies; and
examines where samples are collected and tests are performed. There are 65 detailed
profiles of key diagnostic manufacturers that compete in this market. The report
is based on information from a broad cross-section of sources internationally,
including interviews with quality and safety managers at the processing plants
in each of the 4 Food sub-sectors, regulatory officials, industry associations
and diagnostic companies. It is a follow-on report to three of Strategic Consulting¡¯s
previously published market reports titled: ¡°The Industrial Microbiology Market
Review?2 nd Edition¡± (2004); ¡°Food Diagnostics: Global Review of Microbiological
and Residue Testing in the Food Processing Industry¡± (2002); and ¡°Pathogen Testing
in the U.S. Food Industry¡± (2000).
poisoning eyed in Brooklyn twins' deaths
and CARRIE MELAGO
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Source of Article: http://www.nydailynews.com/
Twin baby boys
died mysteriously in Brooklyn yesterday after their mother fed them and put them
down for a nap, police and friends said.
Police sources said the infants may
have suffered from food poisoning.
Rosier of Brownsville checked on her 3-month-old sons, Ises and Moorfiyah Mathurin,
around noon and found them unconscious in their cribs. "As of now, we don't
know anything. We gave them all the information we could," the twins' heartbroken
father, Steron Mathurin, said last night after speaking to investigators. "This
is overwhelming for my family." One boy was pronounced dead at the home,
the other at Brookdale University Hospital. Their 2-year-old brother, Steron,
was unharmed. The twins were last fed a mixture of Eden Soy Extra milk and Goya
cornmeal, the sources said. As a precaution, cops removed the entire stock of
these items from two nearby C-Town supermarkets, including the E. 98th St. store
where Rosier shopped. Rosier told investigators she fed the children the mixture
of milk and cornmeal yesterday morning, then at 7 a.m. put them in separate cribs,
sources said. About five hours later, she found them unresponsive.
babies look like they're not okay. They're not crying," she told her father,
Ernest Rosier, 51, during a frantic phone call.
The medical examiner's office
will perform autopsies on the twins and test the milk and cornmeal taken from
the home and the C-Towns at 146 E. 98th St. and 330 Utica Ave., sources said.
"We've ruled out gas, carbon monoxide, anything toxic in the air," said
a police source. "It looks like some kind of poisoning."
had been living in a first-floor apartment on E. 96th St. for several months.
The boys' father is an attendant at a BP gas station, and Rosier works part-time
at Cookie's Department Store on Fulton St.
"She feels very bad now because
she loved them," Ernest Rosier said outside the 67th Precinct stationhouse
last night. "They were very healthy, very active. They ate well."
food science groups will host a two-day research meeting next month to address
food security research
October 19, 2005
to enhance research agendas related to food protection and defense and to report
important discoveries in these critical areas, the Institute of Food Technologists,
Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with the National Center for Food Protection
and Defense is convening a national research conference on November 3-4 in Atlanta,
To involve professionals with a great stake in the security of the
nation's food supply, the IFT Food Protection and Defense Research Conference
will feature sessions directed by leaders with the National Center for Food Protection
and Defense, the National Center for Zoonotic and Foreign Animal Disease Defense,
the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, and elsewhere.
sessions will include: detection and diagnostics, public health and response coordination,
modeling and risk assessment, economic analysis of events and response, decontamination,
and other topics.
The basis of this conference was forged earlier this year
at the IFT Food Defense Research Summit in Chicago. At that April summit, conference
co-chairman Douglas L. Archer, IFT food defense expert and former U.S. assistant
surgeon general said, "Food security was not invented as a result of September
11. But it gained necessary attention; just not enough." The U.S food supply
system is extremely complex, making it difficult to defend. More than 200,000
companies-here and abroad-contribute to the nation's food supply. More than 900,000
restaurants employ 12 million employees. Approximately 100 million cattle are
raised in 49 states.
Business directly associated with food accounts for 13
percent of the U.S. gross national product and 18 percent of the U.S. employment
base. Agricultural activities account for more than $1 trillion annually, and
more than $50 billion in exports.
Children to be vaccinated
after hepatitis-A outbreak
October 19, 2005
Tenn.- Health officials were cited as saying that all school-aged children in
Campbell County, Tennessee public schools will receive the hepatitis-A vaccine
after several residents contracted the virus over the spring and summer.
story says that an additional 2,000 adult doses of the vaccine will be available
on a first-come, first-served basis at the Campbell County Health Department.
Although the doses were donated by Merck Pharmaceutical, there is an administration
fee based on income.
People at a Jacksboro pizza restaurant were urged by the
health department in September to get an injection of immune serum globulin after
an employee was infected.
More doses will be available for residents for $20
after the free doses run out.