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4/14, 2003
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Current Food Safety News

04/14. Group Says Comments Oppose School Lunch Irradiation
04/14. Trio of House Democrats form congressional food-safety caucu
04/13. Coping With Food Allergies
04/12. New test for BSE in sheep could lead to draconian measures
04/12. Brunei Schools Act Against Food Poisoning
04/11. Ancient Cannibalism Linked to Diseases
04/11. Evros cow did not die mad, UK lab finds
04/11. Oregon man sues Harmony Farms
04/11. POTENTIAL LEAD EXPOSURE FROM STAINLESS STEEL RUM FLASKS
04/11. Study Acquits Peanuts in Allergic Reaction

04/10. U.N. TACKLES FOOD SAFETY
04/10. PROSECUTION BULLETIN - JAMES L. MOOD FISHERIES LIMITED FINED
04/10. IOWA CONGRESSMAN ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF CONGRESSIONAL FOOD
04/10. 2003 CSL/JIFSAN JOINT SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD SAFETY AND NUTRITION
04/10. MEAT HYGIENE DIRECTIVES FOR 2003
04/10. ASSESSMENT REPORT OF THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY ACT
04/10. FDA advisory on methylmercury in fish
04/10. Pharmacists urge FDA to ban ephedra supplements
04/10. AMI urges USDA to approve new pathogen reduction technologie
04/10. Murano to keynote upcoming World [Food] Irradiation Congress
04/10. New rules designed to prevent E. coli cases
04/10. Conference to tackle key issues in food packaging
04/10. Bottled water safety is focus of state bill
04/10. Mercury levels in baby food 'too high'
04/10. DeGette helps form panel to focus on food safety

04/09. FOR SOME, EATING OUT IS DANGEROUS
04/09. AGENCY INITIATIVES HIGHLIGHTED IN LATEST FSA NEWS
04/09. HONG KONG RESTAURANTS SERVE UP HYGIENE TO WIN BACK PATRONS
04/09. CALIF. CONSIDERS NEW BOTTLED-WATER RULES
04/09. BIOTERRORISM: PREPAREDNESS VARIED ACROSS STATE AND LOCAL JUR
04/09. U.S. Lawmakers Unite to Promote Food Safety
04/09. FDA posts juice HACCP guide
04/09. FDA to hold public meeting on bioterrorism
04/09. New Chief Executive at UK Food Standards Agency
04/09. AMI chief named to board of Partnership for Food Safety Educ
04/09. NMA boss to Veneman: More enforcement not the answer on food
04/09. Listeriosis and Pregnancy
04/09. Salmonella can be avoided with simple, common-sense measures
04/09. ConAgra settles with 6 more on E. coli
04/09. Barbados: Capacity to monitor food control to be strengthene
04/09. Food Safety Summit attendance jumps
04/09. Food Safety Caucus To Address Consumer Concerns

04/08. SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ON FOOD
04/08. CHECKOFF-FUNDED FOOD SAFETY COUNCIL MEETS TO REVIEW E. COLI
04/08. NO RESEARCH INTO GE FOOD LINKAGES - NZFSA
04/08. MEETING WITH SECRETARY VENEMAN - ONE WEEK LATER
04/08. BEEF INDUSTRY FOOD SAFETY COUNCIL STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
04/08. MEASURES TO KEEP FOOD SUPPLY SAFE ARE ON THE TABLE
04/08. FOOD SAFE, INC., ANNOUNCES APPLICATION TO SELL TO THE UNITED
04/08. COST-U-LESS STORES SELLING GROUND BEEF AND CHICKEN IRRADIATE
04/08. HIGH FRUIT CONSUMPTION NOT SO HEALTHY AFTER ALL?
04/08. 2003 NEW BOOKS FORTI PUBLICATIONS
04/08. FOOD SAFETY AND ORGANIC FOOD
04/08. DENMARK: Tulip targeted in uproar over Thai chicken
04/08. FSA jury finds GM foods ¡®not guilty¡¯
04/08. New bills in House could impact USDA's School Lunch, food la
04/08. Allergies thrive on too much hygiene
04/08. USDA official: more is being done to track E. coli
04/08. ALASKA RECEIVES OVER MILLION IN SECOND ROUND FUNDING

Foodborne Outbreak
04/09. MILK POISONING LIKELY 'DELIBERATE'
04/09. Soymilk poisons thousands, kills three
04/07. UPDATE ON THE AUSTRALIAN SALMONELLA MONTEVIDEO OUTBREAK
04/07. Diarrhoea after dinner on Rajdhani
04/04. CLARIFICATION
04/02. NEARLY 400 STRUCK BY FOOD POISONING IN CENTRAL CHINA
04/02. Probe into baby salmonella cases
04/01. 13,000 Bengalis ill with arsenic poisoning

NEW METHODS
04/12. New test for BSE in sheep could lead to draconian measures
04/11. NYMOX REPORTS POSITIVE RESULTS FOR NXC-4720 E. COLI TREATMENT
04/10. Purac helps fight pathogens
04/09. First BSE kit for live cattle
04/08. Sunol plans to test food poisoning therapy

Current USDA/FDA News
U.S. Codex Office "What's New" Page: Updated April 11, 2003
Alcide Corp.; Filing of Food Additive Petition.
FDA's Advisory on Methylmercury in Fish
Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act: Satellite Downlink
FDA - INFORMATION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
FSIS Constituent Update/Alert: Updated April 7, 2003
Entity Compliance Guide: Juice HACCP; Availability
OPPD (Policy) What's New Page: Updated April 3, 2003
Inocuidad de la carne de cerdo¡¦ desde el criadero hasta la mesa del consumidor

U.S. Codex Office "What's New" Page: Updated April 1, 2003
Listing of Accredited Laboratories: Updated April 1, 2003
Spring Is Time For Sprucing Up Food Safety Habits
U.S. Codex Office "What's New" Page: Updated March 31, 2003
Food Safety Publications
"FDA CONSUMER MAGAZINE" IS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Dietary Supplements; Current Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations
International Meat and Poultry Food Safety Conference
OPPD (Policy) What's New Page: Updated March 26, 2003
U.S. Codex Office "What's New" Page: Updated March 26, 2003

Current Food Recall
04/14. Consumer Alert: Uneviscerated Processed Fish
04/12. Baltic Star Food Has Recalled Processed Fish

04/11. LEKIMA SEASONING SOY SAUCE may contain harmful chemical contaminants
04/11. Indumar Seafood Corp. Recalls Caribe Brand Fresh Crab Meat
04/11. Easy-Bake Issues Allergy Alert and Recall of Bake 'N Design Cookie Sets
04/11. Swatt Baking Company Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Salt Rising Bread
04/11. Rhee Bros., Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in 'Chambel' Brand
04/10. State Agriculture Commissioner Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Macaroons
04/10. Texas Firm Recalls Canned Bean Products From Mexico
04/09. Sincere Trading Co., Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites
04/07. Raw or undercooked chicken nuggets and chicken strips can cause illness
04/07. J.V. Trading Glendale Ltd. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Hot Sauce


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Scientists develop first treatment for peanut allergies
source from By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
Associated Press http://www.billingsgazette.com/
Researchers have developed the first drug that can protect the 1.5 million Americans who are allergic to peanuts - the leading cause of all allergy deaths.
The monthly shots are not a cure. But doctors believe the still-experimental drug should let people avoid severe complications if they unknowingly eat one or two peanuts, the typical accidental exposure. "Basically, we would not be seeing people in the emergency room or the morgue from peanut accidents," said Dr. S. Allan Bock, an allergist from Boulder, Colo., who was not part of the study. However, the drug is a few years away from going on the market. Its critical third round of tests has been stalled by legal infighting among the three companies with rights to it. And Dr. Hugh A. Sampson of Mount Sinai Medical School in New York said patients would need lifelong monthly shots of the drug, called TNX-901, and still would have to guard against eating peanuts. Peanut allergies account for 50 to 100 deaths in the United States each year. Some youngsters must eat at a peanut-free cafeteria table or even in an isolated room. Some airlines have stopped serving peanuts to safeguard people allergic to even a whiff of the nut. Peanut allergies have been rising in recent decades. No one is sure why, but a new study found that baby creams or lotions containing peanut oil may lead to peanut allergies.Babies whose rashes or eczema were soothed by such creams were more likely to become allergic to peanuts than those whose creams did not include peanut oil, said Dr. Gideon Lack of St. Mary's Hospital at Imperial College in London. Lack's study - and research on the effectiveness of the allergy drug - were presented Monday in Denver to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. They will be published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, which released them Monday on its Web site. The peanut allergy drug is designed to catch hold of immunoglobulin-E, or IgE, a molecule that plays a major part in asthma and allergies. In a study, 84 people with immediate allergic reactions to peanuts got monthly shots of either a placebo or TNX-901 for four months. There were three different doses of TNX-901; neither doctors nor patients knew who got what. Those on the highest dose could handle an average of almost nine peanuts' worth of peanut flour at the end, compared with about a half-peanut at the start. And five of them ate the equivalent of 24 peanuts without reacting. "That's a pretty impressive mount," Sampson said. The drug also protected people from the even tinier amounts of peanuts that can be present in the air. In addition, several participants reported that other food allergies were lessened, and hay fever symptoms disappeared. The drug is likely to be expensive, but none of the companies involved would say what it may cost. For 15-year-old Allison Rush, a study participant with a potentially lethal allergy to peanuts, the drug means she will no longer have to be hypervigilant about avoiding even the tiniest bit of peanut contamination.
Before her first treatment, the equivalent of one-60th of a peanut made her throat start closing up, her skin break out in hives, her face swell, and her blood pressure drop, said her mother, Bonnie Rush. After four monthly injections, it took the equivalent of six peanuts to bring on such an anaphylactic attack. "I really can't imagine life for my daughter without this drug," Bonnie Rush said. "It's completely changed her quality of life, her outlook on life."TNX-901 is on the fast track for federal approval, but a fight among Genentech, Tanox Inc. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals has held up the next round of tests. Even if those tests start, it would probably take three to four years before the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, Sampson said. Jacqui Corba, 13, was not in this round of tests but had been scheduled for the third set. She had to go to the emergency room once for a reaction apparently set off when another student opened a bag of peanuts two tables away from her peanut-free table in the cafeteria. "I would love to be relaxed for once," she said. Sampson said the study on the role of products with peanut oil was very interesting, but the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, of which he is medical director, has not been able to find U.S.-made baby products including peanut oil. Merchants on the Internet market at least three, made in other countries and described as gentle and natural. Lack noted that the amount of peanut protein in such oils would be "absolutely minute" - one part protein per thousand-million or even million-million parts of oil. "But that may be potentially enough to switch on the immune system," he said.

U.N. TACKLES FOOD SAFETY
April 9, 2003
source from: Meat News
www.meatnews.com
An international committee urges prevention as well as cure in the design of
food safety regulations.
The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization is advocating a new
approach to food safety. It is called the "Food Chain Approach". The system,
to be discussed during a weeklong high-level Committee on Agriculture
meeting that concluded last week, urges prevention as well as cure for
food-borne illnesses.
©øThere are already good standards of safety and hygiene in the meat and
dairy processing industries," FAO Assistant Director-General, Hartwig de
Haen said, ©øbut we need to give more consideration to hygiene on the farm
and the health of the animal, including what it is fed and how it is
managed, to avoid contamination of animal products and risks to human health
from diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
©øFAO's approach includes the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices, which
establish basic principles for farming, including soil and water management,
crop and animal production, storage, processing and waste disposal. The aim
of the food chain approach, which incorporates these improved farming
practices, is to ensure that the food chain becomes more transparent so
national and global food crises can be prevented rather than treated.