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Staff of life can pose food safety dangers
September 23, 2016: The FoodSafetyNews:
"Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria. So if an animal heeds the call of nature in the field, bacteria from the animal waste could contaminate the grain, which is then harvested and milled into flour." "The previous use of cropland is part of the food-safety equation."
Myths from Ardent Mills Flour food Safety
Recall & Advice to Consumers & Retailers from the CDC on the Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli Infections Linked to Flour
A link tinformation on the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infections linked to flour from the is here. (posted September 28, 2016).
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Israel Envoy Wants Kosher Food at UN Cafeterias
September 26, 2016: The The Forward:
Danny Danon, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations has written the UN Secretary-General that the U.N. cafeterias offer halal, vegetarian and vegan selections but not kosher. "He also requested that the institution act to lower the high cost of kosher catering at the United Nations by allowing more kosher caterers to work at its headquarters. Danon said that the Israeli diplomatic mission, which only orders kosher food, is limited by the U.N. to one supplier and pays about 40 percent more than other missions who have a choice of caterers."
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10 sick: Unpasteurized, this time ‘green for life’ camel milk in Israel
September 13, 2016: from Barfblog
"Ten additional people have come down with brucellosis after consuming camel milk,". The Israeli "Ministry of Health extended the administrative closure of a business dealing with this product." "The Acting DMO’s decision stated that the closure order was extended because during an inspection/control visit to the enterprise, performed about 2 weeks ago, it was found that — in breach with the previous order — camel milk was encountered in the premises. Even worse, since the decree was issued last month, information on 10 additional brucellosis patients, infected by the consumption of the milk, has been obtained."
Brucellosis linked to unpasteurized camel milk in Israel
August 18, 2016: from Barfblog
A number of people including children in Isreal have been hospitalized "suffering from brucellosis linked to the consumption of unpasteurized camel milk produced by the dairy company 'Genesis'." Following this, four tons of camel milk was distroyed.
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Report Finds 20 Percent Fraud Rate In Global Seafood Labeling
Oceana reviewed more than 200 published studies from 55 countries and found that about one in five seafood samples tested worldwide were found to be improperly labeled.
"About 65% of the studies included evidence of economically motivated adulteration of seafood products. Cheaper or less desirable fish were mislabeled as more expensive varieties.
In 141 instances, pangasius was swapped for 18 different types but mostly perch, grouper and sole.
Seafood fraud includes species substitution often a low-value or less desirable item swapped for a more expensive or desirable choice, improper labeling, including hiding the origin of seafood products, or adding extra breading, water o
More than half of the mislabeled species could pose a health risk to consumers, and the report also found said that mislabeling could affect endangered species and could be caught or processed using slave labor.
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Researchers Debunk “Five-Second Rule"
"Rutgers researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it's OK to scoop up food and eat it within a "safe" five-second window. Donald Schaffner, professor and extension specialist in food science, found that moisture, type of surface and contact time all contribute to cross-contamination. In some instances, the transfer begins in less than one second. Their findings appear online in the American Society for Microbiology's journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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USDA to partner with Israel on agricultural science
"The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an enhanced funding partnership with Israel to better leverage new agricultural research for mutual scientific benefit. The updated agreement is administered by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)."
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Swine Brew: New Jersey Beer Celebrates Pork Roll
September 9, 2016: The FoodManufacturing
Flying Fish Brewing Co. released a Pork Roll Porter beer made with pork roll and spices in the brew kettle. The beer's aroma features cocoa and hints of maple and smoke.
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Israeli Police Seize 30,000 Eggs Unfit for Human Consumption in Arab City
August 26, 2016: from JewishPress
30,000 unsupervised eggs were found by Israel Police, the Poultry Council and the Income Tax Authority in a private home in Shfar’am. A.k.a. Shefa-‘Amr, is an Arab city in Israel’s northern district. "The owner of the illegal eggs was detained on suspicion of storing and trading eggs that are unfit for consumption. The eggs were seized and destroyed by the Poultry Council." "Over the summer, Israel has experienced an outbreak of salmonella that was related to the effect of the unusual heat conditions on poorly stored food, including eggs."
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Don't have a cow? Perfect Day animal-free milk bids for slice of multibillion-dollar global dairy market
August 22, 2016: The FoodNavigator-USA
Perfect Day is using synthetic biology to engineer yeast to produce proteins found in milk using "Cellular agriculture."
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Milk, Not Plastic, Will Protect Food in the Future
August 22, 2016: from YeshivaWorldNews
"U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers have discovered that a milk protein called casein can be used to develop an edible, biodegradable packaging film. The casein-based film is up to 500 times better than plastic at keeping oxygen away from food because proteins form a tighter network when they polymerize, the researchers found. It’s also more effective than current edible packaging materials made from starch and protects food products that are sensitive to light."
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