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New USDA approved apples turn down the brown

New types of apples that have been genetically engineered (GE) to not brown as quickly after being cut were recently approved for sales in the U.S. by The U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a recent article.

Known as the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, these are the first types of apples that have been […]

A Cleaning (or Two) a Day Keeps Listeria Away

Six tips for apple packers and processors to avoid Listeria contamination

Apple packers and processors are on high alert after recent news linking a Listeria outbreak to an apple facility in California. Seven people have died and 25 others became ill between October and December of last year, according to Reuters.

Listeria is a bacteria […]

Beauty is in the eye of the USDA

Magazines have been known to Photoshop individuals nearly beyond recognition in order to achieve a sense of perfection and beauty. The images in the magazines and print ads depict a person in their peak physical shape with not a blemish in sight. This is a uniquely human trait—or is it?

Fruit and vegetables can be […]

Welcome back to work with the Monday links

Recovering from the holidays and don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

2013 was a big year for FDA – Food Safety News

From Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules to a slew of reports, […]

WSU researchers sequence pear, apple, cherry genomes

Want to dig a little deeper into your favorite fruits’ genetics?

Well, if you’re a fan of certain pears, apples, cherries and almonds (I know, I know, not a fruit), you’re in luck. Researchers at Washington State University have sequenced the genomes of four members of the Rosaceae family – the double haploid Comice pears, […]

Do a little light reading with the Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

Groundbreaking study into peanut allergy – Food Standards Agency

The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency is recruiting participants in a study that will look at the factors that […]

Happy October! Here are the first Monday links of a new month

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

Cheese-smuggling ring is brought down in Canada – NPR

Charges may soon be filed against the “mozzarella mafia.”

Number of children sickened by suspected outbreak of foodborne vomiting virus […]