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Occur Naturally in Food Supplies
Daily Policy Digest
Issues / Food, Drug and Tobacco Regulation
January 14, 2003 http://www.ncpa.org/iss/reg/2003/pd011403g.html
the "carcinogens" found in the foods comprising a traditional holiday
dinner occur naturally in foods and pose no hazard to human life, say researchers
from the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH).
of these chemicals are made by man or added to the foods, yet in large enough
doses, they do cause cancer in laboratory animals.
choosing to worry about eating these chemicals should understand the human diet
is full of naturally occurring rodent carcinogens.
Residues of synthetic rodent
carcinogens in our diet are unlikely to pose a risk of cancer in the quantities
we consume on a daily, monthly or yearly basis.
The data is inadequate to
evaluate human risk at low doses, and the uncertainties are enormous.
of these naturally occurring rodent carcinogens are natural pesticides -- chemicals
that plants produce to repel or kill predators.
Of the approximately 10,000
such natural pesticides occurring in the diet, only about 60 have been tested
in rodent experiments.
These chemicals are found in a wide variety of food
plants: Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, cherries, chili peppers, cocoa,
garlic, grapes, kale, lentils, lettuce and radishes.
The primary risk factor
in holiday meals -- other than the risk of food poisoning from the improper handling
or preparation of food -- is getting too much of a good thing. A hungry holiday
eater can easily consume 2,000-plus calories at one sitting. A consistent intake
of excessive calories contributes to obesity, with its attendant higher risk of
Editorial, "Health Panel Finds All-Natural Carcinogens Galore in Holiday
Foods," American Council on Science and Health, October 2002.
more on Food, Drug and Tobacco Regulation
FOR USE OF MICROBIOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENTS IN STANDARD SETTINGS
World Health Organization Food Safety Department No 4
report of the joint FAO/WHO Consultation, held in Kiel on 18 ?22 March
on "Principles and Guidelines for incorporating microbiological risk
(MRA) in the development of food safety standards, guidelines and
is now available. Due to the limited experience in this area
it has been decided
to retain the guidelines in draft format for the moment
to provide further
opportunity for their review in the coming year and if
possible better address
some of the more difficult issues. Electronic
copies are now available on the
Food Safety website:
largest E. coli outbreak headed for the courtroom
- The largest E. coli outbreak in state history appears ready to enter its next
phase: the legal system.
Fifteen families took that first step Monday, informing
officials they plan to sue over the outbreak at last summer's Lane County Fair.
other families may also take legal action, their lawyer said. In all, 82 fairgoers
were infected with E. coli, the biggest such outbreak in state history. Nearly
two-thirds of those were children under age 6. Twelve children were sent to Portland
hospitals for treatment of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal complication
of E. coli infection that causes kidney failure.
Seattle lawyer Bill Marler
notified county and fair board officials that he would file outbreak-related claims
on behalf of the families. Such notice is required under state law. Once claims
are filed, likely within 30 days, county attorneys will review them and decide
whether to pay the families. If the county rejects the claims, the families can
file suit. "The
fact the outbreak happened is evidence the fair did not do enough to protect kids
from becoming ill," Marler said. The
15 families represent 14 children and four adults. Among those filing were Bill
and Shelly Walter, whose 2-year-old daughter, Carson, spent 31 days at Doernbecher
Children's Hospital in Portland, including two stints in the pediatric intensive
care unit. She underwent 17 rounds of dialysis that filtered toxins from her blood.
Walter said he hopes a lawsuit will force the fair to reduce the E. coli risk
for people attending future fairs and he hopes a jury award or settlement will
ensure his daughter gets the future medical care she'll likely need.
"tort caps" law limits the liability of government agencies. Under the
law, the most any single family could recover from the fair board is $200,000.
coli is most commonly spread through contaminated ground beef and water. But public
health investigators traced the fair outbreak to the sheep and goat exposition
hall on the south side of the fairgrounds.
next summer's fair, officials said they plan to increase the number of hand-washing
stations, educate the public about how to behave around animals, use greater vigilance
to keep animal areas clean and install hygienic mats for wiping shoes outside
Wong, managing director of the fair, said he doesn't think the fair board will
be held responsible for the outbreak.
insurance adjusters and attorneys have opined that the fair did not do anything
that was negligent, so we don't believe that we are liable," he said.
January 13, 2003
Edited by Kiran
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) hosted a Beef Industry
meeting last Tuesday/Wednesday in San Antonio, TX. Over 200 leaders from all segments
of the industry attended for the purpose of developing an
plan for the industry in its fight against E. coli O157:H7. The group held breakout
sessions to formulate plans that outline good manufacturing practices and interventions
that are ready for implementation to reduce the incidence of E. coli O157:H7 and
safety of U.S. beef products. The meeting was by invitation only
to assure open and forthright discussion among the parties. This ensured that
all ideas, good and bad, were welcome for thoughtful discussion. Key industry
leaders for each industry segment:
Producer; Slaughter/Fabrication; Processing;
Distribution; Foodservice; and Retail set the stage upfront, met for extended
time in breakout, and came together again in final presentations. Dr. James Reagan,
President for Food Safety was the Moderator and Terry Stokes, NCBA's
CEO provided the end summary.
NMA's Executive Director Rosemary Mucklow attended,
and participated in the Slaughter/Fabrication breakout group. NMA's Director,
Tim Biela of Texas American Foodservice, also attended and was the designated
leader for the Processing segment. Dave Theno of NMA- member Foodmaker was the
designated co-leader of the Foodservice segment. The most significant outcome
was the strong support by the industry across all segments to collaborate in efforts
to work forcefully together to reduce
and even remove E. coli O157:H7 from
the beef supply. Some media suggest that this is not a newsworthy outcome. We
respectfully disagree! There is no
"silver bullet" such as processing
pasteurization that solved the problem of this pathogen in commercial juices!
Irradiation is a major step, but neither acceptable nor desirable for all systems.
The only real "fix" is cooking to
an internal temperature of 160?F.
However, as it became clear as each final presentation was made, there are many
additional possibilities for reduction in pre-harvest - in a new segment defined
for us by Dr. Gary Smith as an
interface between pre-harvest and harvest, in
slaughter and fabrication, improved handling at foodservice, quick service restaurants,
and retail. There are even some possibilities for the processing segment, one
most difficu lt in which to apply interventions.
What's next? The
leaders in each group will be taking the message back home to their organizations
and working on continued improvements. For the slaughter group, the NMA/SMA draft
best practices were discussed and edited, and will hopefully be supported by other
industry organizations representing slaughterers. NMA is also appreciative of
an interest to update the Guidelines that we sponsored for ground beef production
several years ago, and that is now underway. We cannot conclude our report on
this very important Summit without
acknowledging first the leadership of Terry
Stokes, NCBA CEO, the input of distinguished scientists from USDA's Agricultural
Research Service, from the International HACCP Alliance, and from academia. In
our estimation, there is a will to solve this problem. The way will be found,
and the seeds were laid in the ground at this excellent Summit in San Antonio
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Day Care Center Sickens Eight Kids
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Eighth person contracts E.coli
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Oregon's largest E. coli outbreak headed for the courtroom
beef hits Cape grocery store
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Families begin process of filing E. coli lawsuits
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safety at festival
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in the USA discover new products to help the meat industry fight Listeria.
at Texas A&M University in the USA have discovered a new organic acid that
could be used to help kill Listeria pathogens. The researchers looked into way
of preventing the growth of Listeria monocytogenes in refrigerated, ready-to-eat
foods such as frankfurters and cold meats, which they said could be a problem.
these products are cooked well the Listeria is killed, however, there may be a
risk of surface contamination at some point between the cooking and packaging
stages, the research team said.
acid and sodium lactate are both known to inhibit organisms such as L. monocytogenes,
but are not completely effective against regrowth.
the team from Texas A&M University has found promising results from a novel
organic-acid, calcium-sulphate combination for surface treatment of ready-to-eat
products. The product not only kills the Listeria on the food surface but has
a long-lasting residual effect that prevents its regrowth.
to Professor Jimmy Keeton, the sensory and physical properties of meat products
are changed only a little by acidified calcium sulphate.Treated
frankfurters had a slightly lower pH and slightly increased calcium content, but
tasted the same. The
product could be particularly useful as an additional measure in meat-processing
factories, where prevention of cross-contamination is a constant concern.A
summary of the research has been submitted to the USDA Food Safety Inspection
Service (FSIS) as supporting evidence for use of the material. The
USDA is in the process of considering the control of L. monocytogenes in processing
plants. A directive issued in November requires meat-processing plants producing
high- and medium-risk ready-to-eat products such as hot dogs and deli meats that
do not already have a valid testing regime for Listeria to be subject to an intensified
testing programme by the USDA FSIS.
posted: January 14, 2003
Category: Food Safety,Research