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GMOs: Are They On Your Grocery List?

By Reno R. Greenidge – Bullock – GMOs are genetically modified organisms created by combinations of genes within plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses, creating an edible product that does not occur naturally or in traditional crossbreeding. Sometimes these GMOs are specially designed to combat certain insects for more robust growing capabilities. Sometimes they are designed to enhance nutritional levels like Vitamin A in rice which is genetically modified to have Vitamin A in the grain. However, unchecked with no regulation or even an honorable mention on packaging is not appropriate for the consumers. “Most Americans aren’t familiar with GMOs or aware to the extent of their use in food,” explains Joe Dickson, Whole Foods Market’s food, organic, and...

GMOs: Are They On Your Grocery List?
posted on: Sep 10, 2014 | author: Simon

Sensor Detects Salmonella in Food in Real Time...

Foodborne illnesses spread easily and, as such, are a difficult-to-control problem — even more so in developing nations. This means that quick detection can play a critical role in halting the spread of contamination. Traditional detection methods, however, tend to be haltingly slow. Recognizing the need for a real-time biosensing system to detect pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella, a team of Auburn Univ. researchers came up with a novel design, which they describe in the American Institute of Physics‘ Journal of Applied Physics. What sets this biosensing system apart from traditional detection methods is a design that involves using a magnetoelastic biosensor — a low-cost, wireless acoustic wave sensor platform — combined with a surface-scanning coil detector. The...

posted on: Oct 19, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Crave Brothers Les Freres Product Recalled Over Listeria Outbreak Fears...

Officials said cases have been identified in at least three states. Public health officials in Illinois said Wednesday that one resident became sick after eating contaminated cheese in May. Minnesota officials said Thursday that one elderly person in the state died and another was hospitalized after illnesses linked to the cheese. Both of those illnesses happened in June....

posted on: Jul 8, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Tainted Tuna: Why Food Poisoning from Fish Is No Fluke...

When it comes to eating healthily, fish has a great reputation. Low in saturated fat, high in vitamins, it’s known as one of the healthiest meats around. But recent studies show that mislabeling, food poisoning, overuse of antibiotics and a host of other factors may be transforming fish into the most dangerous thing on the menu...

posted on: Jan 28, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Food and Drink Safety Tips for Travelers...

Select food with utmost care. If you’re going to a place where hygiene is not satisfactory, stay away from raw food especially shellfish, unpasteurized milk and milk products, and fresh salads. Be sure to eat only well-done, hot and sizzling food. While it is advisable to steer clear from foods purchased from the streets, newly-cooked street food is still better than lukewarm hotel or restaurant food. Pre-cooked food, which has been left for several hours at ambient temperature, can become a fertile ground for bacterial growth. Drink only boiled water, if possible, or drink bottled water. Coffee and tea served steaming hot are generally safe to drink. When buying bottled water, make sure that the seal is not...

Food and Drink Safety Tips for Travelers
posted on: Oct 10, 2012 | author: Staff writer

FDA unveils new device that detects counterfeit drugs...

Courtesy of CNN – The Food and Drug Administration has a new cutting-edge tool in its counterfeit drug detection toolbox. At a symposium Monday, the agency unveiled the Counterfeit Detection Device #3 or CD3, a hand-held device developed by FDA scientists that can be used in the field to detect counterfeit products and packaging. "This device was designed in-house by FDA scientists in response to the needs for screening in the field," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. "It is low cost compared to other analytical devices, operates with batteries, and requires minimal training to use. It allows for ‘real time’ comparisons with authentic drugs – and has already proven useful for identifying counterfeit drugs at our busy...

posted on: Sep 12, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Safety issues or company screw-up?

Chick-fil-A is trying to clean up a PR nightmare by back-dating a recall on Jim Henson puppets that were previously distributed in their kids meals. By posting the recall eight days after they claim it was issued, and with no word on their website, Facebook page or with the CPSC recall division prior to that, it appears that Chick-fil-A is not doing a good job at covering their tracks. On July 27, the fast-food chain posted on their Facebook page that they decided to remove the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys from their kids meals on July 19, due to safety issues....

posted on: Jul 28, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Chinese despair at endless food-safety scares...

Courtesy of USA Today – BEIJING – Salivating on their sofas, TV viewers across China have been enjoying a documentary series on the nation’s world-famous cuisine. From the lotus and rib soup of Hubei to the mountain mushrooms of Tibet, China on the Tip of the Tongue is so tantalizing that many fans responded online, "I want to lick the screen." But another reaction to the top-rated food show by state broadcaster CCTV has been disgust at its failure to highlight one of the most pressing concerns of China’s citizens: the daily danger of fake and adulterated foodstuffs. "How come I didn’t see any ‘gutter’ cooking oil, poisonous milk powder, dyed bread rolls and old leather shoes?" TV...

posted on: May 29, 2012 | author: Staff writer

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