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Researchers outline strategy to address vital measurement challenges in allergen analysis

Researchers outline strategy to address vital measurement challenges in allergen analysis

A Manchester scientist has contributed to a review of allergen analysis that aims to improve the situation for those living with food allergies - preventing food fraud and protecting consumers. [More]
Experts focus on scientific complexities of individual and population health at iCOMOS 2016

Experts focus on scientific complexities of individual and population health at iCOMOS 2016

How do we balance the needs for individualized health care with the public health programs serving communities - especially in the context of environmental pollution and climate change? Given a fixed set of resources, maximizing the potential of both is challenging, indeed. [More]
Low doses of bisphenol A can affect development of metabolism, reproductive and nervous systems

Low doses of bisphenol A can affect development of metabolism, reproductive and nervous systems

If rats are exposed to bisphenol A in low doses during early development it can lead to reduced sperm count, obesity and changes to breast development and behaviour. These are some of the findings of a new study from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. The results support previous animal studies, which have shown that low doses of bisphenol A can affect development of the metabolism as well as the reproductive and nervous systems. [More]
New European standard method can help measure inorganic arsenic content in foods

New European standard method can help measure inorganic arsenic content in foods

A new European standard method to determine the content of inorganic arsenic in foodstuffs has been developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. Inorganic arsenic is carcinogenic according to the World Health Organization, WHO. Being able to accurately measure the substance in different foods is necessary to ensure that the content is below the maximum levels recently set by the European Commission to protect consumers. [More]
Advanced assay offers better sensitivity for detecting a prion disease affecting elk

Advanced assay offers better sensitivity for detecting a prion disease affecting elk

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are a family of rare progressive, neurodegenerative illnesses that affect both humans and animals. TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety because TSEs have the potential of crossing from animals to humans, as seen with the spread of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). A study in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes an advanced assay that offers better sensitivity than currently available tests for detecting a prion disease affecting elk. [More]

Metrohm adds support for Ion Chromatography instruments

Metrohm USA is pleased to announce the expansion of Ion Chromatography instruments and accessories supported by Waters’ Empower® Chromatography Data Software (CDS). [More]

Experts provide valuable insights to bridge food safety information gaps

International experts provided valuable insights on how to bridge food safety information gaps and improve communication between decision makers and consumers at a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on 21 January 2016 [More]
Startling lack of resistance genes discovered in intensively-farmed beef

Startling lack of resistance genes discovered in intensively-farmed beef

In the first study to track antibiotic resistance in intensively-farmed beef, scientists discovered a "startling" lack of resistance genes in meat.Meanwhile, in soil and faeces samples from cattle pens they found genes resistant to a powerful "last resort" class of antibiotics called carpabemens that aren't used in the livestock industry. These genes may have jumped from humans or companion animals to livestock, or could even be present at low levels in the wider environment. [More]
Luminex collaborates with University of São Paulo to validate multi-analyte Zika virus assay

Luminex collaborates with University of São Paulo to validate multi-analyte Zika virus assay

Luminex Corporation today announced it is collaborating with the Laboratory of Molecular Evolution & Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences Institute, University of São Paulo, Brazil to validate a multi-analyte Zika virus assay developed by Luminex partner, GenArraytion, Inc. [More]
Researchers discover new JE virus transmission route

Researchers discover new JE virus transmission route

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus causes serious inflammation of the brain in people and fertility problems in pigs. Mosquitoes were previously the only known transmission route. However, the virus can also be spread from pig to pig by direct contact, and this could enable it to circulate in pigs during the mosquito-free winter season. [More]
Organic meat and milk contain more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventional

Organic meat and milk contain more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventional

In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products. [More]
High salt and sodium intake persists in China: Study

High salt and sodium intake persists in China: Study

Yongning Wu, Ph.D., of the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment, Beijing, China, and colleagues compared salt and sodium consumption in China in 2000 with 2009-2012. The study appears in the February 16 issue of JAMA. [More]
Study sheds light on role of red raspberries in metabolically-based chronic diseases

Study sheds light on role of red raspberries in metabolically-based chronic diseases

Components in red raspberries may have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and metabolic stabilizing activity, according to a comprehensive review of the available scientific literature published in the January issue of Advances in Nutrition. [More]
FDA requests $5.1 billion budget for FY 2017 to protect and promote public health

FDA requests $5.1 billion budget for FY 2017 to protect and promote public health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting a total budget of $5.1 billion to protect and promote the public health as part of the President's fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget – an eight percent increase over the enacted budget for FY 2016. [More]
CosmosID announces $6M in Series B funding round

CosmosID announces $6M in Series B funding round

CosmosID, the leading genomic big data company focused on microbiome research, outbreak investigations, and infectious disease diagnostics, using next-generation DNA sequencing, announced $6M in Series B funding. [More]
Super-spaghetti of enriched pasta could help reduce risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases

Super-spaghetti of enriched pasta could help reduce risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases

Researchers from the University of Granada and the Research and Development of Functional Food Centre (CIDAF, for its initials in Spanish) along with two Italian universities, have developed a 'super-spaghetti' of enriched pasta, elaborated with functional flours, which contains more fibre and proteins than normal pasta and that helps reducing the risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases. [More]
U.S. Marshals seize nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements containing kratom

U.S. Marshals seize nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements containing kratom

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that U.S. Marshals, at the agency's request, seized nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom. The product, manufactured for and held by Dordoniz Natural Products LLC, located in South Beloit, Illinois, is marketed under the brand name RelaKzpro and worth more than $400,000. [More]
Nearly 7 in 10 middle and high school students exposed to e-cigarette ads

Nearly 7 in 10 middle and high school students exposed to e-cigarette ads

About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. [More]
Study shows pathogens can survive in dry foods for long periods of time

Study shows pathogens can survive in dry foods for long periods of time

Researchers at the University of Georgia found that pathogens, like salmonella, can survive for at least six months in cookies and crackers. [More]
Migration of resistant strains poses risk for food safety, may increase human intoxication

Migration of resistant strains poses risk for food safety, may increase human intoxication

A seaweed from Asia - used for human nutrition - contains toxic compounds providing protection against animal consumers. [More]
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