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Peanut butter contaminated with aflatoxin in Taiwan

In Taiwan, half of peanut butter that was sampled—20 samples in all from various stores, supermarkets and online markets—were found to contain aflatoxin.

The peanut butter was tested by the Consumers Foundation (CF), an independent, non-profit organization based in Taipei, Taiwan.

All of the 10 samples that tested positive for aflatoxin did

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What does “gluten-free” mean?

One in 100 people worldwide are affected by celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

But, as CBS reported in 2012, as little as a decade ago, “virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating […]

Tox Tuesday: Cotinine/Nicotine

Right off the bat, nicotine has a few strikes against it: it is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the United States; 10 people die per minute due to tobacco use; and 90% of lung cancer cases in men (and 80% in women) are caused by smoking.

So why is this potentially […]

Tox Tuesday: Caffeine

It could be from coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, jelly beans, chocolate, pills or even in powder form, but the fact of the matter is, there are some days I just need my caffeine. I may have pulled a couple all-nighters in my college years drinking cup after cup of tea to finish my final […]

Tox Tuesday: Gabapentin/Pregabalin

For this special edition of Tox Tuesday, we’re looking at two drugs: their similarities, differences, abuse and more. We’re going to go in depth with gabapentin and pregabalin, both of which are anticonvulsant drugs.

First up, gabapentin: originally developed to treat epilepsy, but is now also being used to relieve neuropathic pain. In […]

Tox Tuesday: Zolpidem

Get a good night sleep, finally. In an age of technology where you may stare at a computer/smartphone screen for hours on end during the day, it can be hard to shut down at the end of the day and get the sleep you need and deserve. That’s where short-acting non-benzodiazepines come into play, an […]

7 things you need to know this Monday

[ SPANISH ] Summer is finally here, and with it comes a lot of news in the animal and food safety industries. Don’t have time to scour the internet for all that you need to know? Relax, we have you covered.

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Safety matters: Poultry

In the United Kingdom (UK) this week, we are celebrating Food Safety Week (June 16–22). This year, the annual awareness campaign is focused on the safety of raw chicken and foodborne pathogen risks from not storing, preparing or handling properly.

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Tox Tuesday: Salicylates

[ SPANISH ] When taking aspirin for pain or fever, the most active component of the drug is acetylsalicylic acid. Aspirin is a member of the salicylates family and will eventually be metabolized to salicylic acid when taken. Salicylic acid’s anti-inflammatory properties are not just for aches and pains, the anti-inflammatory acid is also used […]

Keep up to date with the Monday Links

[ SPANISH ] Having a busy morning? It can be hard to keep up with everything that is going on in the food and animal science industries, and that’s why we present the Monday links. It’s your fast run-down of all the need-to-know news stories in the world right now. Still want more info? Stay […]