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DR. MURANO AT NMA'S 2003 SUMMER CONFERENCE: A RISING SUN SHINES ON ALL!

August 25, 2003
Herd On The Hill
Edited by Kiran Kernellu
While there are always representatives from USDA at NMA events, it is rare that one causes the stir and approval that Undersecretary of Food Safety Dr.Elsa Murano inspired as our special guest speaker in Wisconsin on Friday August 22. Dr. Murano outlined the recently released 2003 Food Safety and
Inspection Service Food Safety Vision. The bottom line of the vision is that food safety must be based on the idea of enhancing public health. The following five-goal outline is the "road map" of the food safety mission: improve the management and effectiveness of regulatory programs; ensure
policy decisions are based in science; improve coordination of food safety activities with other public health agencies; enhance public education efforts; and protect meat, poultry, and egg products against intentional contamination. Even in those five goals, quoted from the vision paper, communication is the priority. Words such as coordination, education, and
decisions all involve communi cation from all affected parties. Dr. Murano made it clear in her speech that this is really the ultimate goal. Under Dr. Murano, the USDA has already established a New Technology Approval Office whose staff is in place to speed up the process of approving useful and progressive food safety interventions. However, what really caught the attention of her appreciative audience was her proclamation of, "I promise you that we will do training with the industry." She went on to say that this signifies a "paradigm shift" in the agency. It was evident when she stated, "I'd rather come up with solutions together," that she believes that
only through partnership with the industry can America continue to have the safest food supply in the world. The highlighted issues in the FSIS Food Safety Vision are ones that can only
be dealt with through a concerted effort at communication from both the meat industry as well as USDA. If USDA is going to be able to anticipate new risks and hazards through enhanced data collection, link USDA programs with public health outcomes, and improve documentation of food safety problems to look for trends, the industry must be a part of program development. Dr. Murano pointed out that the industry has a wealth of testing information and knowledge that is not shared with USDA for very good reasons, the most prevalent being fear of retaliation. The Undersecretary of Food Safety seemed committed to developing some way that the industry could share this data while not proverbially hanging itself. An idea that was discussed was perhaps using trade associations like NMA as a data-clearing house. So there is the challenge. On the surface, USDA has already given itself a mighty challenge in its new Food Safety Vision, but there is also a challenge of trust that the USDA has issued to itself and to the industry. For the USDA's vision to work, it has to reach out a hand, and not a hammer to a wary industry. However, the industry's challenge is to overcome its wariness and work towards improving public health even further. Dr. Murano clearly stated that it is "the industry that makes the food safe." The industry has to continue on the path of safe food, but broaden that path so
that different entities can work together. She ended with a Cuban proverb that when translated into English means, "A
rising sun shines on all." In other words, working together benefits all. Contact our government relations liaison at Shawna@nmaonline.org for copies of the FSIS Food Safety Vision or visit the FSIS website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/programs/vision071003.htm
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Current Food Safety Informaiton
08/27. FOR THE RECORD
08/27. IGNORANCE IS HARDLY BLISS; KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BSE KEY TO STOMPI
08/27. CLASS-ACTION SUIT IN E. COLI OUTBREAK; STUDENTS SICKENED AT
08/27. DINERS WOULD LIKE ADVANCE WARNING
08/27. IT WOULD HELP IF RESTAURANTS POSTED HEALTH INSPECTION RESULT
08/27. MEAT RECALL REQUIRES DETAILS, EXPLANATIONS; PUBLIC HEALTH: M
08/27. NO REASON TO HIDE WHAT'S IN THE MEAT
08/27. MEAT-PACKER PROCEDURES QUESTIONED: SEARCH WARRANTS SERVED
08/27. AYLMER MEAT PACKERS INC. IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR "POSSIBL
08/27. RECORD ATTENDANCE FOR IAFP 2003
08/27. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR FOOD PROTECTION ANNOUNCES 2003
08/27. HALL ASSUMES PRESIDENCY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR
08/27. FINAL REPORT OF THE ILSI NORTH AMERICA WORKSHOP ON BIOLOGICA
08/27. THE FOOD SAFETY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (FSRC) WILL HOST A CONFE
08/27. GIANT EDUCATES PARENTS, KIDS & ASSOCIATES ON SAFE FOOD HANDL
08/27. BRAMPTON ILLEGAL SLAUGHTERHOUSE DISCOVERED - TWO FACE ANIMAL
08/27. [UK] Man guilty of rancid meat fraud
08/27. NAFTA Moves on BSE
08/27. Plan ahead to manage children's food allergies
08/27. Sell meat, not drugs
08/27. Doctor Says Meat Is Safe
08/27. Beef may pose risk to health
08/27. Handle your food with care
08/27. Food Safety Tips for Bagged & Boxed Lunches
08/27. Food Safety: Ingredients for salsas can complicate preservat
08/27. Governor: Food safety
08/26. DR. MURANO AT NMA'S 2003 SUMMER CONFERENCE: A RISING SUN SHI
08/26. SMITH SPEAKS ABOUT OFO RESTRUCTURE
08/26. BANDI'S RESTAURANT GETS A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH
08/26. GRUESOME FINDINGS IN FOOD PROBES: RODENT FOUND IN BREAD WRAP
08/26. HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE NOW INVESTIGATING SIX CONFIRMED CASES O
08/26. ONTARIO PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS RECOMMEND DISPOSAL OF AYLMER
08/26. AYLMER PACKERS PROBED BY OPP; THE AGRICULTURE MINISTRY HAS C
08/26. [New Zealand] Environment Minister supports choice for GM food
08/26. USDA unveils new regional training centers
08/26. Finnish food poisoning facts
08/26. Peanut allergies cause school-lunch changes
08/26. DEALING WITH KIDS' FOOD ALLERGIES AT SCHOOL
08/26. Limited U.S. border crossings to take Canadian beef after ma
08/26. President Museveni Okays GMO Foods
08/26. Biologists: CWD Not Spread Past Southwest Wisconsin
08/26. Some like it hot...and cold
08/26. [Kenya] Coast Water Safe, Says Minister
08/26. USDA Offers Public Schools Irradiated Beef
08/26. Health officials test treats at the Oregon State Fair
08/26. Executive warns on risk of e.coli from animal pasture
08/26. Low demand stops irradiated beef distribution
08/26. Alberta will spend $15 million to boost mad cow testing
08/26. Safety of food industry a matter of national security
08/25. SAFETY OF FOOD PRODUCTS
08/25. ON SASKATCHEWAN FARM, A MAD COW MYSTERY: AS CONTROVERSY CON
08/25. REGULATIONS AMENDING THE MEAT INSPECTION REGULATIONS, 1990
08/25. 2nd ANNUAL FOOD SAFETY NETWORK GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DINNER
08/25. Beef Shipments Won't Roll To U.S. Sept. 1: USDA
08/25. FDA recommends strong food import rules
08/25. NFPA COMMENDS CUSTOMS BUREAU PROPOSALS AS 'A REASONABLE AND
08/25. PATULIN NOT DETECTED IN CIDER
08/24. Food safety during emergencies
08/24. India tries to hold storm over soft drink safety
08/24. FSA colour warning
08/24. Pre-Registration Requested for Listeria Workshops for Small,
08/24. Ozoning out impure water
08/23. PROMETIC: PRION REMOVAL PROGRAM ON SCHEDULE
08/23. IRRADIATION PROPONENTS OBJECT TO CONSUMER REPORTS ARTICLE
08/23. Health warning issued for illegally sold white cheese
08/23. FOOD EXCEEDS BACTERIAL LIMITS: AUTHORITIES SAY THE TESTS POI
08/23. Local schools won't buy irradiated beef
08/23. Ecolab helps customers keep clean and proves it can keep cus
08/23. Food chain in NZ must be protected -
08/23. For Europeans, altered food is a question of safety
08/22. FSIS Announces Series Of Workshops To Discuss Implementation Of Listeria Rule
08/22. 2003 REQUEST FOR PREPROPOSALS FOR RESEARCH SUPPORT
08/22. WHEN THE GOING GOT TOUGH, THE TOUGH GOT GOING; TAINTED FOOD
08/22. POWER FAILURE FOOD SAFETY TIPS RELEASED
08/22. SNOW BRAND TO PAY 1.1 MIL. YEN TO 8 OVER FOOD POISONING
08/22. HEALTH FEAR OVER FISH CON
08/22. FUNDS AVAILABLE TO INVESTIGATE ABR IN COMMENSAL ORGANISMS
08/22. CAMPYLOBACTER
08/22. MADE-IN-CANADA BUNGLE
08/22. EATING ESCOLAR FISH MAY RESULT IN ILLNESS
08/22. INSPECTORS BLITZ PEEL FOOD SHOPS; MOST FOLLOWED FOOD SAFETY
08/22. China seeks to improve food quality
08/22. FDA unveils action plan for protecting American's health
08/22. European food chain conference
08/22. FSIS Vision Yields Creation of Regional Training Centers
08/22. Microbe from Depths Takes Life to Hottest Known Limit - Grows at 121¡Æ C
08/22. UK Experts Speak of Current Food Safety Issues at Oxoid Semi
08/22. FOODBORNE ILLNESS: WHAT CONSUMERS NEED TO KNOW
08/22. Alberta educates Japanese on BSE
08/22. BSE testing to focus on sick, dead cattle
08/22. CWD control requires shared resources
08/22. Children's Zoo Reopens; No E. Coli Found
08/22. TAKING THE FISH FRIGHT BAIT
08/22. U.S., MEXICO WON'T BUDGE ON BORDER EXPANSION FOR CATTLE
08/22. Regional training center for meat inspector located in Des M
08/22. DAILY BSE UPDATES NOW AVAILABLE FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS
08/22. GUIDANCE ON FOOD ASSURANCE SCHEMES
08/22. Produce label law may have no teeth
08/21. OTTAWA PLANS DISEASE CENTRE: SARS SPURRED NEED FOR CENTRAL A
08/21. Canada seeks ease of '30 month' rule
08/21. Little visible change to cattle trail since mad cow found 08/21. Making restaurants safer two hands at a time
08/21. Meat Company Caught Breaking The Law -
08/21. [India] Coke, Pepsi welcome Govt's pronouncement on safety
08/21. [India] JPC likely to probe soft drinks issue
08/21. [India] Govt says soft drinks meet safety norms
08/20. Foodborne Illness: What Consumers Need To Know
08/20. Canada Seeks Changes To Slaughter Requirements
08/20. Macomb Restaurants May Face Fines For Staying Open
08/20. New Irish meat labelling
08/20. Lim issues advise on typhoid fever
08/20. Tomatoes: Red, ripe and ready for canning -
08/20. [New Zealand] No relief for Masterton residents
08/20. Designer's high-tech quiz helps food workers - and
08/20. Inspectors blitz Peel food shops
08/20. Food Safety: Frequently asked questions about canning
08/20. Course in food hygiene
08/20. Water's OK: Eat, drink, don't worry


Hot Tools for Safe Food
source from: http://www.meatnews.com/
British researchers explore new thermal processing technologies in the continuing struggle for safer food.
The name of the project ?Bugdeath ?says that the researchers take a harsh and fatalistic view of food-borne pathogens. Judith Evans of Bristol Universitys Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Center and project leader says the main objective of her research efforts is to improve food safety by better control of thermal processing. In particular, a technique known as high-temperature, short-time processing, as well as cyclic heating and cooling, and slow thermal processing are being investigated, according to FoodNavigator, a food processing-focused electronic newsletter.

Most pathogens are located on the surface of foods and therefore surface pasteurization reduces the concentration of pathogens in food and thus lowers the risk of contracting a food-borne illness.

According to the Evans and her fellow researchers on the project, the objective will be achieved by establishing more accurate models of microbial death in response to the processing.

After only one year of study the scientists involved in the project report that they have constructed accurate and very flexible apparatus which may heat or cool the food between 5 and 120C in both wet and dry environments. The temperature cycles are repeatable within more or less 2C and the accuracy of measuring food surface temperatures is better than 1C.

In addition, they have introduced a lux-gene?into the test pathogens allowing these to glow, or bioluminescence, only when alive. This enables the scientists to quickly measure the effect of thermal cycles as the bioluminescence fades when the treatment is effective.

The researchers have also created heat transfer and microbial death models. They report that these models will be verified against data obtained from the apparatus developed within the project and combined to create a model to predict the effect of temperature changes on the food surfaces to microbial death.

Extending shelf life through sorbic acid alternative

http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/news.asp?id=8177
19/08/03 - UK company TasteTech claims to have come up with a cost-saving method to keep bread fresh and mould-free for a couple of weeks. TasteTech has developed a controlled release microencapsulated sorbic acid, which, it claims, is proving to be an ideal replacement for calcium propionate, the commonly used mould inhibitor? Prices for calcium propionate have risen sharply in recent months, due to increased demand causing global shortages. Additionally, a degree of controversy has arisen around the use of calcium propionate following recent findings published in the Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health,writes the company this week in a statement.Sorbic acid can not generally be used as a suitable alternative as it destroys yeast, but TasteTech claims to have developed a way to overcome this problem through its CR technology. The process works by coating the sorbic acid within an invisible microfilm of vegetable fat to create a free flowing powder that can easily be blended with dry ingredients prior to baking.

A controlled release mechanism ensures the sorbic acid is not released from its encapsulate until the bread is baked past 60, after the yeast has finished working.

 


Strategic Diagnostics' Salmonella Test Receives AOAC Validation for New Food Groups

Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers
http://www.businesswire.com/

NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 25, 2003--Strategic Diagnostics Inc. (Nasdaq:SDIX) - a leading provider of antibody products and analytical test kits for the food safety and water quality markets, today reported that the AOAC Research Institute has certified the company's RapidChek(R) for Salmonella test for a variety of food groups, including whole milk, orange juice, liquid eggs, raw cabbage, and deli turkey. The test was previously validated for use in raw meat and poultry and earned the institute's Performance Tested(SM) certification. Expansion of the AOAC certification to include a variety of foods expands the application of the test across most food types.
Commenting on the expansion of the AOAC certification, Arthur A. Koch, the Company's President, stated, "Once again SDI has demonstrated its responsiveness to the needs of the market. Meat and poultry processors like the speed and accuracy RapidChek(R) brings to their operations, and now companies processing many other foods can enjoy the same benefits. Our product also has several advantages over products currently in the market, including faster time-to-result, easier to read test strips and room temperature storage."
Salmonella is the most common food pathogen and the Center for Disease Control estimates that between 2 and 4 million illnesses occur each year in the U.S. from the more than 2,000 strains of Salmonella. Tests for Salmonella represent approximately 50% of all food pathogen testing, and the worldwide market for rapid pathogen tests has been estimated to be approximately $180 million and growing. The official detection method currently used by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires 48 hours to obtain a test result. SDI's test is designed for ease of use and to provide results in 24 hours, as fast as any other marketed Salmonella test known to the Company.

About Strategic Diagnostics Inc.
SDI is a leading provider of biotechnology-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of agricultural, industrial, and water treatment applications. Through its antibody business, Strategic BioSolutions, Strategic Diagnostics also provides antibody and immunoreagent research and development services. SDI's test kits are produced in a variety of formats suitable for field and laboratory use, offering advantages of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, portability, and rapid response. FeedChek(TM), TraitChek(TM), GMO QuickChek(TM), and GMOChek(TM) are pending trademarks for SDI.

This news release contains forward-looking statements reflecting SDI's current expectations. When used in this press release, the words "anticipate", "could", "enable", "estimate", "intend", "expect", "believe", "potential", "will", "should", "project" "plan" and similar expressions as they relate to SDI are intended to identify said forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated by SDI at this time. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, changes in demand for products, delays in product development, delays in market acceptance of new products, retention of customers and employees, adequate supply of raw materials, the successful integration and consolidation of the Maine production facilities, inability to obtain or delays in obtaining third party, including AOAC, or required government approvals, the ability to meet increased market demand, competition, protection of intellectual property, non-infringement of intellectual property, seasonality, and other factors more fully described in SDI's public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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CONTACT: Strategic Diagnostics Inc.
Stanley J. Musial, 302-456-6789
www.sdix.com


UDSA/FDA News

Positive E. coli Test Results: Updated August 27, 2003
U.S. Codex Office "What's New" Page; Updated August 25, 2003
FSIS Constituent Update/Alert: Updated August 25, 2003
OPPD (Policy) What's New Page: Updated August 25, 2003
Listeria monocytogenes Workshops for Small and Very Small Plants
Joint Advisory for Methyl mercury-containing Fish Consumption for Women and Children
Methyl mercury- Fish Consumption Advisory ? Slide Presentation
Methyl mercury- Fish Consumption Advisory ? List of Attendees
FSIS Announces Series Of Workshops To Discuss Implementation Of Listeria Rule
USDA Creates Regional Training Centers For Meat Inspectors; Names Coordinator for Initiative
FDA Unveils 5-Part Strategic Plan to "Protect and Advance America's Health"
FDA's Strategic Action Plan Protecting and Advancing America's Health: Responding to new

Current Foodborne Outbreaks
08/27. E. coli fells two in New Brunswick
08/27. More cases of rare food poisoning reported

08/26. Inquiry into salmonella outbreak
08/26. Lothian is hotspot for rare killer bug
08/25. E. COLI O157, PETTING ZOO - USA (PENNSYLVANIA): CONFIRMED
08/25. Dirty Dining update: sick patrons suffer lasting effects
08/25. [New Zealand] Swain in dodgy prawn territory
08/24. Food poisoning hits Chinese construction site
08/24. [China] Nearly 100 workers hit with food poisoning
08/22. New salmonella infection reported in Athens
08/20. Meal with Elton gave Kelly Osbourne food poisoning

Current Recall Information
08/27. Mandatory recall of various WAGENER beef products
08/27. Mandatory recall of BIG FOOT BURGERS (PLAIN)
08/27. Mandatory recall of various HALAL MEAT BASTERMA KING products
08/26. Amy's Kitchen Has Recalled Frozen Burrito
08/26. Roxy Trading Has Recalled DRIED GUAVA SLICE
08/26. HEALTH HAZARD ALERT - Mandaory recall of various CAPO FOOD products
08/26. Minister orders recall of AYLMER MEAT PACKERS INC. beef or beef products
08/26. Illinois Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products For Possible E. coli O157: H7
08/26. Arkansas Firm Recalls Frozen Dinners Because Of Undeclared Allergen
08/25. Minister orders recall of AYLMER MEAT PACKERS INC. beef or beef products
08/25. Fresh and Frozen Ground Beef Products
08/25. "HUNGRY-MAN" Classic Fried Chicken
08/22. HCDD International Has Recalled Dried Guava Slice
08/22. Undeclared milk protein in STOUFFER¡¯S LEAN CUISINE SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN
08/22. Illinois Firm Recalls Pork Egg Rolls Because Of Undeclared Allergen
08/22. Nebraska Firm Recalls Beef Products Because Of Incorrect Ingredient Label
08/22. Wisconsin Firm Recalls Beef Products Because Of Incorrect Ingredient Label
08/21. Michigan Firm Recalls Beef Products For Possible Contamination
08/20. [New Zealand] Supermarket chain issues another recall because of soy error
08/20. [Norway] Bottled water recalled
08/20. California Sun Dry Foods Has Recalled Sun-Dried Tomato Spread and Pasta Sauce


Perfect pasteurisation

SOURCE FROM:
http://www.bakeryandsnacks.com/
26/08/03 - The Classica Group has said that its Classica Microwave Technologies subsidiary (CMT) has successfully demonstrated in its newly built New Jersey, US, laboratory the effectiveness of its microwave pasteurisation technology for extending the shelf life of packaged fresh waffles and french toast.

The application of CMT's technology to pasteurise freshly made packaged breakfast foods will enable manufacturers to extend shelf life up to six times longer than their current shelf life without the use of any chemical preservatives. In the US alone, ready to heat and serve breakfast foods have become a substantial part of the over $3 billion (€2.76bn) breakfast foods category.
"Based upon our technology's success in numerous commercial installations in Europe in providing extended shelf life (ESL) for refrigerated and non refrigerated food products, through rapid microwave pasteurisation, we are now able to introduce United States manufacturers of breakfast food products to the technical advantages and financial benefits of our technology," said Scott Halperin, Classica's chairman and chief executive officer.

"The consumer will be getting a safer food product and the manufacturer will benefit from reduced product returns, enhanced brand positioning in the marketplace and a wider distribution range as the result of the extended shelf life," he added.

CMT's continuous microwave pasteuriser will be presented for the first time to US food industry executives at the coming Worldwide Food Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

"Here we will demonstrate the advantages and financial benefits of microwave pasteurisation," stated Joseph Riemer, PhD, CMT's president. "This presentation will enable food manufacturing professionals and other business people from the US and around the world to view and evaluate our proprietary technology, after which they will be invited to schedule their own custom application testing at our laboratory in New Jersey," he added.

In February, the Classica Group moved its corporate headquarters to the newly constructed 10,400 square foot facility in New Jersey where they have a 2,500 square foot state-of-the-art testing laboratory. The laboratory is supported by a full commercial kitchen that is used for the preparation of food products for testing in one of the Company's microwave heat processing systems.

The company says that its laboratory has microwave systems capable of demonstrating pasteurisation, sterilisation, sanitising and drying of food products. The process for the pasteurisation of Tofu can be successfully demonstrated in this environment.