Monday Links

September marks National Food Safety month and in its honor we have compiled some of the most recent food safety and other related news from around the world to help keep you up to date.

Food Safety

 Study: Flame Retardants in Baby Food Well Below Unsafe Levels – Food Safety News
The levels of flame retardant chemicals in baby food from the U.S. and China are well below levels considered unsafe, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).

High-tech Chopsticks Developed To Combat Food Safety Issues In China – www.smithsonianmag.com
China has seen its fair share of food safety scandals lately leading to the development of inventive ways for people in China to keep themselves safe.

Is my food safe? – www.homefoodsafety.org
A new app developed by the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods, can help reduce your risk of food poisoning through information on safe internal cooking temperatures, and determine how long you can store your leftovers. The program also offers an opportunity to ask your food safety questions to registered dietitians— the food and nutrition experts.

Celebrate National Food Safety month with a cleaner kitchen at homeMichigan State University
Running your home kitchen with the same rules as restaurants will enable you to stay ahead of the bacteria. Michigan State University Extension suggests several tips to keep the kitchen clean from top to bottom.

Animal Safety

Study: Highest Pathogen Levels on Raw Pet Foods, Jerky Treats – Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), in collaboration with the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) and its Microbiology Cooperative Agreement Program (MCAP) laboratories, has conducted a study to evaluate the prevalence of selected microbial organisms in various types of pet foods.

Toxicology 

NIH awards aim to improve understanding of cell pathways, development of new therapies – National Institutes of Health
Building on a successful three-year pilot project, the National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $64 million to six research institutions to create a database of human cellular responses, the Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures (LINCS). Discovering such cell responses will improve scientists’ understanding of cell pathways and aid in the development of new therapies for many diseases.

Life Sciences

Single animal-to-human transmission event responsible for 2014 Ebola outbreak – National Institutes of Health
Scientists used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This research has also revealed the dynamics of how the Ebola virus has been transmitted from human to human, and traces how the genetic code of the virus is changing over time to adapt to human hosts.

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