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7/07, 2003
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Tackling global food trade and food safety Source: http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/news.asp?id=7907
01/07/03 - Representatives from 169 countries gathered in Rome yesterday to tackle standards for the global food trade. High on the agenda : food safety, biotechnology, food irradiation and an overhaul of the Codex structure.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission a joint commission of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) that sets food safety and agricultural trade standards ?has its work cut out as trade expands and developing countries enter the world market. FAO director general Jacques Diouf remarked at the opening session that the increase of food trade, especially of processed foods, was not limited to developed countries, "but can be observed in many developing countries as well". Today, thanks to surging trade, there is a wider variety of foods available on the market than at any time in history. But such developments leave trade vulnerable to food safety issues and fair practice ?to be tackled by Codex, whose two primary mandates are to protect consumer health and assure fair practices. According to WHO director general Gro Harlem Brundtland, governments have asked that the WHO helps developing countries strengthen their capacity in all areas of food safety.As such, there are high hopes that during its 26th session, the Codex Commission will adopt standards that improve food safety, including one for levels of radiation that may be used in food irradiation. In response to concerns about meat consumption and consumer safety in the wake of problems such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (mad cow disease), some of the standards before the Commission would establish principles of meat hygiene, a code of practice on good animal feeding, including feed additives and maximum residue limits in food products for veterinary drugs. There is also a code of practice on the prevention of patulin contamination in apple juice, a code of practice for the prevention of mycotoxin contamination in cereals and one for fresh fruits and vegetables. Also due to be adopted are guidelines for assessing the food safety risks associated with foods derived from the much debated technique of biotechnology. These include broad general principles covering issues such as pre-market safety evaluations and the role of product tracing for food safety and post-market monitoring. Separate detailed guidelines have been prepared for the scientific assessments of DNA-modified plants and foods and beverages derived from DNA-modified micro-organisms. Special attention has been paid to the decidedly controversial question of assessing whether such products could provoke unexpected allergies in consumers. In addition to food safety issues, Codex will consider the adoption of new standards to clearly define many food items, including chocolate and chocolate products and when the use of term ‘chocolate?is allowed. If adopted, the new standard will require a declaration of minimum cocoa content for all chocolate flavoured products. Other standards will define quality standards for anchovies, limes, pommelos and grapefruits. Olive oils and olive pomace as well as named vegetable oils also have quality standards up for adoption by Codex. There is also a draft standard before Codex defining canned bamboo shoots, liquid coconut products, such as coconut milk and coconut cream, fruit juices and nectars, cream and prepared cream and fermented milk products, such as yoghurt and cheese. In addition to the food standards, the Commission is set to examine proposals to overhaul its own structures and procedures so that food standards can be developed more rapidly at the international level with an increased focus on the health of consumers and with greater active participation by developing countries.

Current Food Safety News

07/03. RESTAURANT HOTLINE HELPS DINERS CHECK FOOD SAFETY RECORDS
07/03. SCIENTISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR RESEARCH CREDIBILITY
07/03. U.S. DISEASE LINK POSED: CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY REP
07/03. NARRATIVE BACKGROUND TO CANADAšS ASSESSMENT OF AND RESPONSE
07/03. CANADA RELEASES BSE REPORT
07/03. SUPREME HYGIENE MARK AWARD FOR LIMERICK CATERING COMPANY
07/03. AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD ADMINISTRATIVE MONETARY PENALTIES
07/03. NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY OF IRELAND
07/03. HACCP: limiting risk in Ireland
07/03. Italian government scientist heads up EFSA group
07/03. 1 in 10 suffer life-threatening shock from sudden food aller
07/03. U.S. must echo any new Canadian feed rules to prevent mad co
07/03. Kent health detective's work triggers meat recall
07/03. Tackling global food trade and food safety
07/03. Flooding prompts food safety warning

07/02. CONTROLLING THE FOOD AND FEED CHAIN
07/02. FOOD SAFETY - COMPLETION OF FARM TO FORK APPROACH
07/02. EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE NEARS FOR IAFP 2003
07/02. NAS DIOXIN REPORT "UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOWING
07/02. Statement of AMI on the Reduction of Dietary Dioxin
07/02. JAPAN FARM MIN TO GO TO CANADA FOR MAD COW TALKS
07/02. FOOD POISONING EATS AWAY MUM'S BODY
07/02. E. COLI - SOUTH KOREA (KYONGGI): RFI
07/02. EU Passes GM Labeling Laws, U.S. Unimpressed
07/02. Addressing food safety
07/02. FSIS requiring all meat and poultry establishments to re-reg
07/02. EU OKs Tough New Rules on Biotech Crops
07/02. Salmon Sold In Miami May Contain Botulism
07/02. Cross talk between bacteria, host leads to E. coli infection
07/02. Beta blockers stop onset of E Coli
07/02. Farmers Pride steaks might be contaminated with e-coli
07/02. Health Department issues E. coli warning
07/02. Sac County Food Protection Program Unveiled
07/02. FSA statement regarding research into GM food safety
07/02. Pick 'n Pay shoppers ignore poison food scare
07/02. FSIS Issues Notice On The Importance For Businesses To Keep Proper Records
07/02. County creating a health code
07/02. Europe Ready to Open the Door to Labeled GM Foods
07/02. U.S. FDA Takes a Closer Look at Mad Cow Feed Ban
07/02. We're Far Less Exposed to Dangers of Dioxin
07/02. Move Urged to Cut Babies' Dioxin Risk

07/01. Food safety a right of all people, top UN official tells mee
07/01. New council to address food safety [Japan]
07/01. Smoked food could be banned in the EU
07/01. Dietary supplements hit for false advertising
07/01. Tackling global food trade and food safety
07/01. New dietary intake limits for mercury
07/01. FDA not yet registering food firms
07/01. Codex Alimentarius meeting this week
07/01. Japan agrees to US demands
07/01. Further evidence of acrylamide damage
07/01. WEB SITE OFFERS INFORMATION, INSIGHT ON FOODBORNE ILLNESSES
07/01. Congress pushes for CWD bill
07/01. EU law makers to pass GM food label rules
07/01. USDA Mulls New Measures to Prevent Mad Cow Disease
07/01. LATEX ALLERGY AND FOOD HANDLERS
07/01. Food Safety Council launched

06/30. SOME EXPERTS SAY BANNING CATTLE BYPRODUCTS FOR FEED COULD DR
06/30. GM-free food in UK is contaminated- survey
06/30. Review: Dioxins in Irish food chain
06/30. International Report Calls for Tighter BSE Controls
06/30. US demands Japanese deadline extension
06/30. INTERNATIONAL PORTAL ON FOOD SAFETY, ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH
06/30. GUIDELINES FOR STRENGTHENING FOOD CONTROL
06/30. TOO MUCH SHARK, SWORDFISH MAY POSE HEALTH HAZARD
06/30. L.A. TACO BELL WORKER HAD HEPATITIS
06/30. Japan Stand on Canada Mad Cow Not Justified-Expert
06/30. Biotechnology food and "mad cow" dangers under scrutiny in R
06/30. Canada to Study Feed Ban on Cattle Brains, Spines
06/30. Canada Won't Ban Brains, Spines From Feed Now
06/30. Experts Tell Canada to Ban Cattle Brains, Spines

06/29. EU publishes simplified guide to complex meat import regs
06/29. Sen. Schumer Criticizes Meat Industry
06/29. Much ado about GM food
06/29. Consumers concerned about food labels [Germany]
06/29. UN food safety and trade standards commission opens meeting
06/29. Red alert: Nothing nutty for those with allergies
06/29. How safe is our food? / Public still chewing over GM food
06/29. Japanese study Alberta cattle operations
06/29. Plan would track animals from farm to slaughter

06/28. Cheney promises action on mad cow
06/28. U.S. consumer group urges limits on acrylamide
06/28. GM body debates new rules
06/28. State still undecided on irradiated beef
06/28. Beware the Color Red
06/28. Meat Recalls: Does The System Work?
06/28. Public warned on fish poisoning [Australia]
06/28. Summer is ripe time for food poisoning


Foodborne Outbreak
07/03. MULTISTATE OUTBREAK OF SALMONELLA SEROTYPE TYPHIMURIUM
07/03. STUDENTS' E. COLI INFECTION MAY SPREAD; DOZENS AT PARTY FELL
07/03. 6 diners taken ill at Chili's
07/03. 16 Beggars Die from Poisoning in East China Province

07/02. 40 MILTON STUDENTS ARE INFECTED WITH E. COLI
07/02. 99 Get Salmonella in St. Louis Hospital
07/01. BOTULISM, CANNED SAUSAGE SUSPECTED - SOUTH KOREA
07/01. FOUR PEOPLE INCLUDING AN UZBEK WOMAN CAUGHT TYPHOID
07/01. HEPATITIS A, UKRAINE (LUHANSK REGION): WATER-BORNE
07/01. UP TO 200 POISONED IN CHINA
06/30. Salmonella restaurant named
06/29. Holiday death from food poisoning
06/28. More than 100 children hospitalised in China with food poiso


Food Safety and Security Research--Rapid Methods Development

Salmon Sold In Miami May Contain Botulism
Canned Salmon Being Recalled

POSTED: 5:51 p.m. EDT June 27, 2003
Source: http://www.click10.com/news/2299626/detail.html
MIAMI -- There's a recall of a brand of canned salmon in Miami.
Officials say cans of Robinson Crusoe Canned Smoked Atlantic Salmon are being because they might be contaminated with botulism, a potentially fatal food poisoning. Pesquera Trans Antarctic of Puerto Montt, Chile, says it is recalling the salmon because the fish was cooked at certain temperatures for a shorter time than required.The oil-packed salmon was distributed in Miami and San Juan. The six and five-eighths ounce cans were packaged inside boxes labeled "Robinson Crusoe Smoked Atlantic Salmon, Skinless and Boneless." The company says all cans should be discarded and not eaten. Symptoms of botulism include general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and difficulty speaking or swallowing. It can also cause breathing problems, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention and constipation. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. No illness relating to the salmon has been reported. The salmon can be returned to the distributor for a full refund.

Current USDA/FDA News
Changes in Fees for Federal Meat Grading and Certification Services
Withdrawal of Food Additive Petitions Subsequently Converted to Food Contact Notifications
Bioterrorism Act of 2002 - Food Facility Registration
FSIS Issues Notice On The Importance For Businesses To Keep Proper Records
Federal Register Dockets: Updated June 26, 2003
Speeches Page: Updated June 25, 2003
OPPD (Policy) What's New Page: Updated June 25, 2003
For an Enjoyable Fourth, Consumers Should Practice Food Safety
USDA Says"Fight BAC" When Grilling Irradiated Burgers [Video News Release]

Compliance With Recordkeeping and Registration Requirements Under the Federal Meat and
Current Good Manufacturing Practice for the Production of Infant Formula
Food Safety and Security Research--Rapid Methods Development

Current Food Recall
07/03. Undeclared milk protein in HARVEST brand HONEY GARLIC SAUSAGE
07/03. Undeclared peanuts in SHALINI brand TIL CHIKKI
07/03. TAHINI-BASED PRODUCTS FROM TURKISH KITCHEN [New Zealand]
07/03. MERIT SELECTION brand smoked turkey breast may contain Listeria monocytogenes
07/02. Recall of Robinson Crusoe canned smoked salmon in Miami, San Juan
07/02. Pacific Smoking Co. Voluntarily Recalls Pacific Seafood Northwest Style Smoked Salmon
07/02. Diamond Team Has Recalled Kimbo Dried Noodle
07/02. South Bend Chocolate Has Recalled Products
06/30. E. coli 0157:H7 in STAMPEDE MEAT INC. frozen raw seasoned beef steaks
06/30. Illinois Firm Recalls Beef Products For Possible E. coli O157:H7
06/29. Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in Shrimp
06/28. ALLERGY ALERT - Undeclared peanuts in SHALINI BRAND TIL CHIKKI

MULTISTATE OUTBREAK OF SALMONELLA SEROTYPE TYPHIMURIUM INFECTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DRINKING UNPASTEURIZED MILK --- ILLINOIS, INDIANA, OHIO, AND TENNESSEE,
2002--2003
July 4, 2003
MMWR 52(26);613-615
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5226a3.htm

99 Get Salmonella in St. Louis Hospital

Source: http://www.newsday.com/
By Associated Press
July 1, 2003, 2:50 PM EDT
ST. LOUIS -- At least 99 people have contracted salmonella at St. Louis Children's Hospital, and the source of the intestinal illness remains a mystery. The number of cases could rise because several people are still being tested, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. The most recent case of the bacterial infection was confirmed Friday. The cafeteria at the hospital was closed June 6 after city health officials learned that three hospital employees were sick. The hospital has taken samples from more than 400 people who visited the hospital or ate in the cafeteria since May 1. The cafeteria reopened June 15 after two days of cleaning. Salmonella can be found on several kinds of food, but especially on raw meat, eggs, dairy products and seafood. It is blamed for 1,000 deaths every year in about 40,000 cases nationally. The illness causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

Beef Recall Highlights Need for E. Coli Treatment; Nymox -NASDAQ: NYMX- Product to Treat E. Coli Contamination Moving Forward

Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers
Source: http://www.businesswire.com/
MAYWOOD, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 2, 2003--The recent recall of approximately 739,000 pounds of frozen beef, mostly vacuum packaged steaks, dramatically demonstrates the need for an effective treatment of contamination of food and drink products by potentially deadly E. coli O157:H7 bacteria according to Dr. Michael Munzar, Medical Director of Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation (NASDAQ: NYMX). The recall by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service was unusual because it involved steaks and not ground beef. The contamination was believed to have been caused by the injecting of tenderizers and flavor-enhancers.
Nymox has under development NXC-4720, a novel antibacterial product for E. coli O157:H7 meat contamination. The Company recently announced that its NXC-4720 product has continued to make its milestones in product development. Recent studies have shown that treatment with NXC-4720 cleared infected beef of E. coli O157 contamination and helped prevent further E. coli contamination. The Company will be extending its field trials.
Food safety is a priority item for the Bush administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA has recently announced a number of initiatives directed at the problem of E. coli O157 contamination of meat in particular. In 2002 alone, over 23 million pounds of meat was recalled in the U.S. because of possible E. coli contamination, affecting all sectors of the meat industry from large meat processors to local supermarkets and many consumers. On average, Americans consume over 65 pounds of beef per person per year.
"The problems posed by E. coli O157 contamination of our food and water supplies has long been recognized by public health officials and the food industry. What is missing are practical effective solutions," said Dr. Munzar. "Nymox's NXC-4720 has great potential as a viable commercial solution."
E. coli O157 bacterial contamination is a major public health problem throughout the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States alone, 73,000 human cases occur every year as a result of E. coli O157 contamination of food and drink products and of water supplies. This type of E. coli infection can cause severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps and can lead to kidney failure, particularly in young children and in the elderly, with often serious long term and sometimes fatal results. One USDA study estimated the direct and indirect costs of foodborne E. coli O157 infections at over $650 million per year.
More information about Nymox is available at www.nymox.com, email: info@nymox.com, or 800-936-9669.
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and the actual results and future events could differ materially from management's current expectations. Such factors are detailed from time to time in Nymox's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities.
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CONTACT: Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation
Dr. Michael Munzar, 1-800-93NYMOX
www.nymox.com or
Sitrick & Company
Lew Phelps, 310/788-2850 Ext. 4103

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