Eagle Protect discovers gloves contamination posing risk to consumers health

U.S – Eagle Protect, the industry leader in glove related cross-contamination research, have found at least 10 different enterotoxigenic strains of Bacillus cereus contamination on new and unused single-use gloves during its independent testing of 26 different brands. These findings are of note because the Bacillus microbe was found responsible for a recent recall of meat products, triggered by testing from the U.S. Department of Defense. Eagle Protect’s findings, combined with the meat recall notice, has prompted the company to issue an urgent warning to the food handling industry on…

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China’s GM corn, soybean obtain safety approval for production

CHINA – Consequent to nearly 10 years of food and environmental safety assessments, genetically modified (GM) corn and soybean involved in a pilot program in China, have obtained safety certificates for production and application. “The application of traits that resist pests and tolerate herbicides and drought has improved the competitiveness of genetically modified crops, such as corn and soybean, in production cost, price and quality,” Qian Qian, Director of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’ Institute of Crop Sciences, said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency. Li Xiangju, a…

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Center for Produce Safety funds 12 food safety research projects

U.S – The Center for Produce Safety (CPS), a food safety research institute, has provided funding for 12 new research projects collectively valued at just over US$3.9 million to help answer some of the industry’s most pressing food safety questions. Among the topics included in the 12 projects are risk evaluation and mitigation of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, Cyclospora control, and sanitation for harvesting bins and picking bags. Ranging from commodities such as leafy greens to tree fruit to onions, the research has been vetted by industry experts on the…

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Center for Produce Safety receives funding from California’s citrus producers

U.S – Citrus producers from across California are making a collective US$500,000 contribution to Center for Produce Safety’s (CPS) research capital campaign to fund produce-specific food safety research. Their funds will support CPS’s work to identify industry’s top produce safety questions, call on researchers to answer them, then transfer learnings to industry, government, public health and other stakeholders. When asked what motivated Sunkist to support Center for Produce Safety, President and CEO Jim Phillips pointed to his company’s history of leadership. “As the longest-standing agricultural cooperative in the nation, it’s…

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Nigeria’s biotech agency roll out outreach program to encourage GM cowpea consumption

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) and the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have launched a nutrition outreach program aimed at increasing consumption and boosting the demand of genetically modified Bt cowpea in the country. The outreach campaign, dubbed ‘Eating is Believing’ further seeks to demonstrate the food safety and nutrition effects of Bt cowpea, Nigeria’s first biotech food crop. It also aims at sensitizing the Nigerian population on this new bean, the pod borer resistant (PBR) cowpea, variety developed to resist the…

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Neogen to build state-of-the-art genomic centre to improve livestock quality

AUSTRALIA – Neogen Australasia, a leader in genomics services, is transforming a former University of Queensland site at Bundamba into a state-of-the-art AU$ 11 million (US$ 7903885) genomics centre that will help local primary producers grow and breed the best produce and livestock for the market. The laboratory which is being built in Ipswich with funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund (AQIAF), is set to become the country’s most advanced animal genomics facility. Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick said Neogen will consolidate…

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Food authenticity testing market to reach USD 9,956 Million by 2028

GLOBAL – A report by Vantage Market Research has revealed that the increasing demand for accurate labelling and maintaining food quality in food industry is driving the food authenticity testing market which is projected to reach USD 9,956 Million by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 8.50% from 2021 to 2028. Vantage Market Research is a reputed company committed to providing high quality data and market research services in more than 20,000 emerging markets. The pandemic has affected most countries in the world, with severe impacts on the global economy…

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Study shows high rates of adulteration in Europe’s culinary herbs and spices

EUROPE – The European Union’s (EU’s) Joint Research Centre (JRC) has during a study on the authenticity of culinary spices and herbs sold in the EU, revealed that 17% of all the products are adulterated. The study was commissioned by the European Commission amid concerns over the scale of “food fraud” arising from adulterated herbs and spices being on sale within the EU and fears that the presence of unidentified bulking or colouring agents were going undetected. In line with the study,  oregano experienced the highest adulteration rate with half…

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CABI allies with Rainforest Alliance to aid farmers grow safe, high quality food

GLOBAL – The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) and the Rainforest Alliance , an international organization championing for sustainable agriculture, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on ways to help smallholder farmers around the world grow safer and higher quality food and increase their incomes in the process, through more sustainable agricultural practices. CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that deals in development and research projects, scientific publishing and microbial services to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. With this partnership, producers will benefit…

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Food Standards Agency, UK Research and Innovation fund citizen-led projects on food safety

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI),  a non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom that directs research and innovation funding, has awarded £200,000 ($269,000) to six projects that connect researchers with the public on issues about food safety. One project will focus on underrepresented communities in the West Midlands to investigate levels of foodborne bacteria in the home. Another will collect data about food handling practices and antimicrobial resistant bacteria associated with home-grown produce and what impact involvement has on…

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