Japanese food facilities harness environmental monitoring to enhance food safety

JAPAN – A recent study in Japan on Environmental Monitoring Programs (EMPs) has unveiled the persistent presence of Listeria monocytogenes in food production facilities, emphasizing the significance of these monitoring programs. The research, conducted between 2021 and 2022, aimed to tailor EMPs to the specific needs of Japanese food businesses and promote the widespread adoption of these crucial monitoring strategies.…

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California seeks to declare titanium dioxide safe for use as food additive

U.S – California has amended the California Assembly Bill 418 in a bid to remove titanium dioxide from the list of chemicals facing a potential ban as food additives. This legislative journey, which began in March 2023, has now entered a crucial phase as it heads towards a Senate vote. The bill, now known as the California Food Safety Act…

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USDA empowers developers to boost food safety awareness with innovative API

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has unveiled its inaugural Application Programming Interface (API) in a leap towards enhanced food safety and public engagement. This innovative digital gateway offers software developers access to critical data concerning recalls and food safety alerts, fostering a collaborative ecosystem that can amplify the reach of FSIS…

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Australia, New Zealand seek public input on GMO corn for food use

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND – In a pivotal moment for food regulation Down Under, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is inviting public commentary on an application that could see the introduction of genetically modified corn, line DP915635, into the food supply chain. This genetically engineered corn variety boasts herbicide tolerance and built-in defenses against insect pests, potentially reshaping the food landscape…

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Research at University of Nebraska-Lincoln aims to transform swine production

U.S – In a groundbreaking development for both the agricultural and public health sectors, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA’s NIFA) has granted the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) a staggering U.S$2.48 million in research funding. The mission? To spearhead innovative projects that promise to reshape the landscape of swine production while addressing critical concerns…

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