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3/17, 2003
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Breakthrough on food hygiene
news.bbc.co.uk
The pressure chamber also works on products like ham
Northern Ireland scientists are trumpeting a food safety breakthrough which promises to put bacteria under pressure.
They have been working to find a way to keep food fresh without resorting to chemical preservatives.
The answer it seems is to put them under pressure - big pressure. Scientists at Queen's University in Belfast believe the answer is a pressure chamber which kills the bugs, but nothing else. Fresh flavour
Dr Margaret Patterson of the Department of Agriculture said the treatment of orange juice had been a big success.
"Pressure will destroy many of the bacteria and the yeasts that normally spoil orange juice - but will not affect the flavour and the colour," she said. "This means you will have a freshly tasting juice for up to three weeks in the fridge, with that very fresh flavour and no preservatives." However, the pressure chamber also works on products like ham and shellfish. "Oysters, for example, are quite hard to open and are sometimes quite dodgy in terms of food safety," said Dr Patterson. Dr Patterson said orange juice treatment was a success
"The pressure will help the shell to loosen and meat to fall out."
At 45,000 lbs per square inch, a bug's life is no life in the laboratory.

Dr Don Johnston of the Department of Agriculture said the pressure was equivalent to the weight of three elephants on a strawberry.

"It is important to achieve these high pressures in order to make the food safe," he said.

Current Food Safety News

03/14. Finland, Italy reach compromise on proposal for two EU
03/14. EU: Commission proposes harmonisation of pesticide
03/14. Dem lawmakers rip ConAgra and USDA over O157
03/14. British investigation proves that Dutch chickens are being
03/14. FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF PEANUT ALLERGY IN
03/14. EU releases statement on irradiation
03/14. Teen-Parent Views of Food Allergy Differ
03/14. Creams with peanut oil up kids' peanut allergy risk
03/14. Food allergy market set for strong growth
03/14. Fatal food allergies 'rare in children'
03/14. Seven bottled water companies lose ISI licences
03/14. Refrigerated food prone to poisonous bacteria: Study
03/14. Views sought on irradiated meat in schools
03/14. Letter: ConAgra knew of E. coli

03/13. AU DETECTION AND FOOD SAFETY CENTER ANNOUNCES SECOND "TECH P
03/13. TECHNICAL REPORT 1: NOROVIRUS ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AN
03/13. HAND-WASHING TOUTED FOR FOOD SAFETY
03/13. BIG Y OFFERS SUREBEAM(R) PROCESSED FRESH GROUND BEEF; TECHNO
03/13. FOOD SAFETY INFO LINE: SLOW COOKER SAFETY INFORMATION
03/13. EU can ban genetically modified food there is a health risk
03/13. USDA Nears Decision on School Irradiated Meat Plan
03/13. Food safety: upping the info
03/13. FDA reopens comments on ephedrine alkaloids
03/13. FDA to hold meeting on dietary supplements
03/13. FDA proposes new standards for dietary supplements
03/13. EU posts online acrylamide database
03/13. FSIS puts listeria draft online; plans food safety meeting
03/13. Wrangling May Delay Peanut Allergy Drug
03/13. Anti-allergy foods 'more popular'
03/13. Some Children Appear to Outgrow Peanut Allergy
03/13. 'Older beef will swamp market'
03/13. OFFICIALS FEAR IRAQ BOTULISM ATTACK
03/13. Contaminated Beef May Have Been Sold Locally
03/13. U.S. Is Urged to Investigate Beef Company Over Tainting
03/13. Restaurants will have to post health reports
03/13. FSA warning over Dutch chicken imports
03/13. Laboratory accredited for detecting GE food
03/13. New Food Safety Manager Certification and Training Opportuni
03/13. Steton Technology Group to Exhibit at Food Safety Summit and
03/13. Bush administration opposes releasing retailer lists during

03/12. PEANUT ALLERGIES: A MOTHER'S STORY
03/12. PEANUT ALLERGIES VEX RESEARCHERS: REACTIONS RARE IN ASIA, CL
03/12. EFFICACY OF SELECTED HAND HYGIENE AGENTS USED TO REMOVE BACI
03/12. CANADIAN COMPANY FINED: CHEESELOVERS (ONTARIO) INC IS FINED
03/12. SOME DUTCH CHICKEN FILLETS CONTINUE TO BREACH FOOD LABELLING
03/12. RESTAURANTS ON THE FRINGE, AND THRIVING
03/12. IRRADIATION OF MANGOES: SUMMARY OF SUBMISSION PROCESS
03/12. USER FEES -
03/12. UPDATED DRAFT LISTERIA RISK ASSESSMENT ONLINE
03/12. BRUNO'S SUPERMARKETS FIRST TO OFFER SUREBEAM(R) PROCESSED FR
03/12. METHODS SPEED UP DETECTION OF BIOTERROR AGENTS

03/11. Inspection Results To Be Posted At Sacramento County Restaur
03/11. $2,400 FINE LEVIED UNDER PROVINCIAL MEAT INSPECTION ACT
03/11. Feature: Food allergy test controversy
03/11. Salami Lawsuit Settled
03/11. Europe reverses stand on food irradiation
03/11. New thematic service on 'food quality and safety' launched o
03/11. Ireland: Food safety head is stepping down
03/11. FDA may act on mercury problem this fall, says chief medical
03/11. Report questions ephedra's safety
03/11. India: The dangers of bottled water
03/11. UK: Lethal vodka could cause coma
03/11. Health warning issued over fake whisky

03/10. PARENTS UNAWARE OF LETHAL ALLERGIES, STUDY FINDS: NATIONWIDE
03/10. UPDATED LIST OF RESTAURANTS AND RETAILERS MARKETING IRRADIAT
03/10. GOV'T WRANGLING BLOCKS NATIONAL MEAT CODE
03/10. ATLANTA SEAFOOD DISTRIBUTOR FINED $114,000 OVER OYSTERS
03/10. Heavy Metal Fish
03/10. EU: Commission makes acrylamide research available online

NEW METHODS

03/14. PEAK H2O Introduces Water Cooler Systems Featuring Patented
03/13. Yeast indicator adopted as AOAC method
03/13. Leda egg safety solution takes the prize
03/12. Maple Leaf Foods implementing farm-to-fork traceability syst
03/12. Denmark discovers listeria anti-bacteria
03/11. Invention Tests Water Safety
03/11. Treatment for Peanut Allergies Developed

03/10. SALMONELLA TEST DEVELOPER TO WORK AT UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
03/07. Warnex Inc. Receives Approval for Innovative Food Safety Technology
03/07. Breakthrough on Food Hygiene
03/06. Italians make breakthrough in search for mad cow vaccine
03/05. DNA USED TO TRACK MAPLE LEAF HOGS TO TRACE HOGS': FOOD SAFET
03/03. Scotland: 'Black box' hope in fight to stop bug
03/02. Quick test for bacteria

02/28. FRIED AND TESTED...
02/27. RESEARCHERS DESIGN SYSTEM TO IMPROVE DISINFECTION OF WATER U
02/27. PowderJect gains Canadian approval for cholera and diarrhoea
02/27. City scientists find source of E-coli bug
02/27. E.coli breakthrough made


Current JOB Openings
3/14 Food Safety Project Manager (NSF)
3/14 Quality Control Manager
3/14 QA Manager
3/14 Food Technologist
3/14 Process Control Manager
3/14 Food Scientist
3/13 Quality Control Manager
3/13 Assoc Scientist
3/13 Research & Development Manager
3/13 Food Scientist/QC Supervisor

3/12 Food Scientist -
3/12 Dairy Applications Specialist
3/12 Quality Control Lab Technician -
3/12 Senior Microbiologist
3/12 Quality Control/Laboratory Supervisor
3/12 Quality Assurance Manager (Kelly)
3/12 Food Safety Compliance Specialist

3/11 Quality Assurance Manager
3/10 Palm Springs-Quality Assurance Manager
3/09 QA/Lab Manager - Wine Manufacturer

Current Outbreak
03/14. 'Pork roll' restaurant charged
03/13. UPDATE 2-USDA probes Ohio illnesses, recalled meat link
03/11. Wedding's punch had contaminant


LAW FIRMS JOIN FORCES OVER FOOD POISONING CASE

March 5, 2003
The Ottawa Citizen B6
The Ottawa law firm Nelligan O'Brien Payne and the Toronto law firm McPhadden Samac Merner Darling will, according to this story, join forces to argue a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 536 people who were sickened after eating store-bought salad in the two cities last year. The story says that the people, many of them from Ottawa, were believed to have been infected by shigella bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, cramps, vomiting and nausea, after they ate a Greek-style pasta salad made by Tiffany Gate Foods Inc. of Toronto. The salad was sold at Ontario grocery stores, including Loblaws, Loeb, A&P and Your Independent Grocer stores. A statement from the two law firms yesterday said they decided to work together because two class-action lawsuits can't proceed from the same claim. Tiffany Gate president Adolph Zarovinsky has said the company will defend itself against the legal action. He has said tests done by the company found no sign of shigella contamination in its pasta.

Current Food Recall
03/14. Eastland Food Has Recalled Hale's Blue Boy brand SALA syrup -
03/14. Elan Nutrition Has Recalled Biochem brand Ultimate Lo Carb Bar, Chocolate Brownie
03/14. Lion Pavilion Has Recalled Vegetables with Hot Oil -
03/13. Possible E. coli contamination prompts ground beef recall
03/13. Ho's Trading Inc. Recalls Master Chao Melon Candy Due to Undeclared Sulfites
03/13. Missouri Firm Recalls Beef And Pork Products For Possible Ammonium Compound
03/12. Ohio Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products For Possible E. coli O157:H7
03/12. Consumer Alert: Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts
03/11. Peregrina Cheese Corp. Recalls Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese
03/10. Minnesota Firm Recalls Beef Trim Products for Possible E. Coli O157:H7
03/07. Texas Firm Expands Recall Of Chili Con Carne For Undeclared Ingredients And Allergen


Current USDA/FDA News
CFSAN 2003 Program Priorities
Dietary Ingredients & Supplements: Federal Register Proposed Rule
Codex Alimentarius: 31st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling
Public Meeting To Address Codex Committee On Food Labeling
Testimony by Dr. McKee
Testimony by Dr. Murano
OPPD (Policy) What's New Page: Updated March 14, 2003
Beam Applications; Filing of Food Additive Petition
U.S. Codex Office "What's New" Page: Updated March 12, 2003
FSIS To Hold International Meat And Poultry Food Safety Meeting