Food safety at every step of the supply chain

Being at the top of the food chain is one thing. Being at the top of the food safety supply chain is another. It can be a precarious position to be in.

As any food industry professional knows, food safety can’t be guaranteed just because the practices used within one company’s facilities are spot-on. Top-notch […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Feeding residue milk: A no-go – All About Feed A recent investigation from the European Food Safety Authority showed that dairy calves that are fed milk from cows treated with antimicrobials […]

Food Fraud: It’s deceptive and dangerous

In 2013, scandal rocked the European food industry after equine DNA was found in (allegedly) beef burgers produced in Ireland. The discovery caused a domino effect of revelations across the continent, exposing that horse and other animal meat was being used as filler — or an entire substitute — for frozen beef burgers sold to […]

Monday links

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

Agriculture

New study shows how plants fight off disease – Science Daily A new study has highlighted the minute details of how the plant’s immune system leads to its ability to resist disease. […]

Updated database intended to limit food fraud; help with FSMA

Costing the food industry an estimated $10-$15 billion annually and affecting as much as 10% of the global food supply, food fraud is an ongoing issue that officials believe cannot be ignored. That is why the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has launched the next generation of its Food Fraud Database (FFD 2.0).

The goal of […]

Researchers turn to jellyfish to fight food fraud

Photo credit: University of Southampton

Fighting food fraud just became a little easier thanks to help of jellyfish and a team of researchers from the University of Southampton. The researchers are using a new tracking technique that is based on the chemical record animals who feed at sea inherit throughout their lives.

According to […]

Painted olives, tainted sugar top INTERPOL list of fake food

More than 11,000 tons of fake food and more than one million liters of fake beverages were recently seized in operation Opson V, the largest-ever groups of seizures, which spanned across 57 countries in an INTERPOL-Europol coordinated initiative to protect public health and safety.

According to a report from the investigation, among the products confiscated […]

There could be what in my parmesan cheese?

The latest case of food fraud has made headlines as a recent article investigates the use of wood shavings—among other substitutes and fillers—in what is claimed to be 100% real parmesan cheese.

Known as cellulose, the common anti-clumping agent is made from wood pulp, and while it is a safe additive in the food industry, […]

Food fraud cases growing; becoming more serious

Over the past few years, food fraud is gaining interest as an emerging risk for consumers as the food supply chain becomes increasingly global and more complex. Defined as the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product for […]

Monday links

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

Agriculture

There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up – Grist The farming technique known as push-pull — which involves planting grasses with special properties to protect crops — […]