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12/27/2002
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USDA to hold National Poultry Improvement Plan meeting
by Joshua Lipsky on 12/26/02 for www.meatingplace.com
The Agriculture Department is holding a meeting of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2003.
The meeting will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Building B, Room 408. The meeting will be open to the public; however, due to time constraints, the public will not be allowed to participate in the discussions during the meeting.
The topic of discussion at the meeting will be the development of a low pathogenic avian influenza surveillance program for the commercial table egg, broiler and turkey industries.

NEW WEB SITE COMPILES FDA'S SPANISH PUBLICATIONS
December, 2002
FSIS EdNet
Dozens of FDA's Spanish-language publications are within easy reach on a new Web site that includes materials related to all products the agency regulates. Many of the publications are written for consumers; others provide guidance for FDA-regulated companies. Subjects found on the site include rare diseases, using medicine wisely, eating for a healthy heart, mammograms, and foodborne illness. The site also links to general information about health conditions such as diabetes, the flu, and hearing loss.
http://www.fda.gov/oc/spanish/

THERMY(TM) SUCCESS STORIES
December, 2002
FSIS EdNet
The Thermy(TM) campaign, the FSIS promotion of food thermometer use, was featured at the national food safety education conference, "Thinking Globally, Working Locally," held during September in Orlando, FL. For those of you who could not be present, click on the PowerPoint presentation (look under What's' New) that highights many educators' efforts to help promote this important food safety behavior. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/thermy On November 13, USDA/FSIS sponsored a Thermometer Education Briefing for the
thermometer industry as a follow-up to a roundtable meeting held in 1998. Thermy(TM) success stories were shared along with a presentation on social marketing--featuring how to target specific audiences to help further the campaign. The thermometer industry is vey interested in providing a variety of thermometers for the public as well as for educators to use in training. For more information about the thermometer campaign:
E-mail: fsis.outreach@usda.gov

NTF and AMI co-sponsoring listeria workshop in San Antonio
by Joshua Lipsky on 12/27/02 for www.meatingplace.com

The National Turkey Federation, in partnership with the American Meat Institute Foundation will sponsor a Listeria Intervention & Control Workshop at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio on Feb 5-6. According to NTF, the workshop will bring leading meat and poultry industry processors together to discuss listeria and will include presentations dealing with the most effective sampling techniques, food science technology and corrective actions.
A key feature of the workshop will be three "Breakout Sessions" where attendees will form small groups to deal with different listeria related scenarios. The first session will identify the top ten listeria harborage areas and will help expose the problem areas within processing plants. The second session will feature a control planning scenario where participants will be given a product plant situation and budget and will be required to design and describe a routine sampling plan. The last session will ask attendees to put the information to work as they are given an outbreak scenario along with historical plant data and asked to describe actions that should be taken.
For more information on the workshop contact Brie Wilson at bwilson@turkeyfed.org.

Food Safety General News
12/27. NTF and AMI co-sponsoring listeria workshop in San Antonio
12/27. EU Experts Confirm Safety of Aspartame
12/27. NEW SYSTEM FROM IGEN FOR UK FOOD SAFETY TESTING MARKET
12/27. Cans of Kale, Turnip Greens Recalled
12/27. Salmonella armoury exposed
12/26. USDA to hold National Poultry Improvement Plan meeting
12/26. AGENCY WARNS AGAINST EATING RAW SPROUTS
12/26. IRRADIATION NO ANSWER TO BETTER ALTERNATIVES

12/25. MCCALL FARMS RECALLS GLORY FOODS KALE, TURNIP GREENS
12/25. GENOMIC DIVERSITY OF ENTEROHEMORRHAGIC ESCHERICHIA COLI O157
12/25. Food both safe and tasty
12/24. TRAVEL HEADS FALL SICK, STOP CRUISE BOOKINGS
12/24. MEXICO BEGINS LISTERIA TESTING FOR U.S. RTE POULTRY PRODUCTS
12/23. REVIEW OF THE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
12/23. HALF OF ONTARIO'S WATER PLANTS MAY STILL BE VIOLATING SAFETY
12/23. U OF GUELPH STARTS FOOD-SAFETY HOT LINE: BEST WAY TO THAW TU

12/23. FDA COMMISSIONER SPEAKS ABOUT AGENCY PRIORITIES
12/23. GOVERNMENT SEEKS HEALTH ALERT ADVICE: HEALTH CANADA
12/23. TORONTO -- A HEALTH CANADA EXPERT HAS A WARNING TO SOME PEOP
12/23. TEEN MAY FACE FELONY CHARGES FOR BAT PRANK
12/23. 'WHOPPER' JAIL SENTENCE 90 DAYS
12/23. Cornell seeking applicants for graduate training (PhD) in food safety
12/23. NEW WEB SITE COMPILES FDA'S SPANISH PUBLICATIONS

12/23. THERMY(TM) SUCCESS STORIES
12/23. NTF AND AMI FOUNDATION CO-SPONSORING LISTERIA WORKSHOP
12/23. NEW MUNICIPAL DRINKING-WATER INSPECTORS CONDUCT TOUGHER
12/23. GENERAL POSSIBILITIES: THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE AGAIN
12/23. NFPA COMMENTS TO USDA RE IRRADIATED PRODUCTS FOR SCHOOL LUNC
12/23. USMEF produces Arabic materials on beef safety, quality
12/23. Clean Water Technologies Arsenic Removal Process Gets the Mo
12/22. Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Mariann Fischer

12/22. Medicine in your meat may make you sick
12/22. Salmonella risk cut by better checks
12/22. Tainted meat kept out of District 833
12/21. Airborne spread of Norwalk virus feared
12/21. Food safety in question Reports of lax enforcement need to b
12/21. Recalls questioned after food poisoning
12/21. Holiday Cooking Can be Dangerous for Kids

New Method

NEW SYSTEM FROM IGEN FOR UK FOOD SAFETY TESTING MARKET

Witney, Oxon, Wednesday 18th December 2002: IGEN Europe, Inc, manufacturer of biological detection systems, this week launched its new INTELLIGENTTM System for the rapid and highly sensitive detection of pathogens in food and the food-processing environment. Detection is achieved using IGENs patented ORIGEN? Technology, based on electrochemiluminescence. The new system is an automated analyser designed for use with IGENs PATHIGEN?test kits for the presumptive identification of four foodborne pathogens, E. coli O157, Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter.
The INTELLIGENT system provides features aimed specifically at the food industry, including low to high throughput and user-friendly software. The test utilises a sandwich immunoassay format in which paramagnetic microparticles serve as the solid phase support. All reagents are added simultaneously to the samples as a one-step process and no further user intervention, such as wash steps, is required.
Introducing the new system to food industry executives at a Food Research Association meeting, Dr Mike Durbin, IGENs Industrial Product Manager said, The INTELLIGENT system provides the user with an automated, walk-away format dedicated to the detection and reporting of the four most important pathogens that threaten food safety in the UK.?
The easy-to-use system combines the benefits of pathogen detection with sample handling and software that reports positive or negative results automatically for samples in a standard format.
"We believe that the INTELLIGENT System represents the most sensitive pathogen detection system for the food testing market," said Graham Thompson, IGEN's European Business Manager.
The introduction of the INTELLIGENT System to the industrial food testing market marks the first commercial application of IGENs M1 product line, based on the companys proprietary ORIGEN technology. The M1 product line has multiple applications and will serve as the basis for instruments in additional markets, including biodefence, life science research, industrial and clinical diagnostics. The INTELLIGENT instrument is designed to supersede the current ORIGEN 1.5 Analyser.
IGEN Europe now operates out of new facilities in Witney, Oxfordshire which serve as IGENs European sales, marketing and customer service headquarters. The newly opened building offers advanced technology services and will enhance IGENs marketing and sales initiatives in Europe, including its ability to provide research and custom reagent services within the newly equipped laboratory. IGEN recently announced several strategic initiatives expanding its market reach in Europe, including an agreement with LabForce AG to collaborate on the sale of IGENs ORIGEN products to the life science research market in Switzerland. IGEN has also recently signed an agreement with Fisher Scientific to collaborate on the sale of IGEN's ORIGEN products to the life science research markets in the United Kingdom.
Note to Editors: IGEN develops and markets biological detection systems based on its proprietary ORIGEN technology, which provides a unique combination of sensitivity, reliability, speed, and flexibility. ORIGEN-based systems are used in a wide variety of applications, including clinical diagnostics, pharmaceutical research and development, life science research, bio-defense testing and testing for food safety and quality control. These systems are marketed by IGEN and its licensees and/or distributors Roche Diagnostics, Biomerieux, Eisai, Sumitomo Corp., Sanko Junyaku, Fisher Scientific and LabForce AG. IGEN and ORIGEN are trademarks of IGEN International Inc. More information about the company can be found at www.igen.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the Companys ability to commercialize its technology, the prospects for and utility of a new product in the market, and the Companys ability to compete with ORIGEN technology in the biodefence, life science research, industrial and medical markets. Actual results might differ materially from these statements due to risks and uncertainties, including the perceived value of the ORIGEN technology and products to customers, the future performance of products, market factors such as competition and customer demands, among others. More complete descriptions of the risks applicable to IGEN appear in the company's documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on request from the company. IGEN disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
IGEN Europe, Inc, Dr Jane Spencer-Fry,
European Marketing Manager + 44 (0) 1993 892240
Fiona Brown, Northbank Communications + 44 (0) 207 321 3875
For product sheets on the INTELLIGENT analyser and the Pathigen Tests, or pics, contact Fiona Brown: f.brown@northbankcommunications.com

 

OUTBREAK NEWS
12/23. Hong Kong trying to quell bird flu fears
12/20. STATEWIDE OUTBREAK OF SALMONELLA BOVISMORBIFICANS
12/20. EMPLOYEES CARRY SALMONELLA AT LAS CRUCES, N.M., RESTAURANT
12/20. Virus dulls holiday cheer


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Recall News
12/23. ALLERGY ALERT - Presence of undeclared egg in EXTREME JELLY CREATIONS
12/19. ALLERGY ALERT - HOSTESS FRITO-LAY CANADA Issues Voluntary Recall
12/18. ALLERGY ALERT - Undeclared sulphites in HANIF'S brand DRY MANGO SLICE
12/18. ALLERGY ALERT - Undeclared sulphites in GREEN WORLD BEST FOOD APRICOT
12/17. BCN Trading Inc. Recalls Mei Yuan Dried Mangoes Due to Undeclared Sulfites
12/17. BCN Trading Has Recalled Mei Yuan Dried Mangoes Dec 17



USDA/FDA News
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Thirty-fifth Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
The Food Safety Educator
FSIS Constituent Update: December 20, 2002
Use of Microbial Pathogen Computer Modeling in HACCP Plans
Requesting Sample Collection Supplies
Sampling of Poultry Carcasses Cut Up Prior to Chilling
Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in the Production of Meat and Poultry Products
U.S. Codex Office "What's New" Page: Updated December 18, 2002
Healthy School Meals Resource System