Food parasites to watch out for: Top 10

Last year’s outbreak of the foodborne pathogen Cyclospora in pre-made salad mixes brought a sometimes-overlooked type of pathogen into the forefront of people’s minds once again: parasites.

Some of the most well-known culprits behind food recalls are bacteria that live or die based on environmental conditions, like Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli. While parasites and […]

U.N.: Asia-Pacific must grow more food or risk unrest

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) painted a bleak picture of the future for the Asian Pacific region unless it significantly increases its food production to meet the demands of its exploding population.

In a release from the FAO, it said: “the region as a whole needs to improve food production systems and […]

World Food Day: Spotlight on global hunger

Today marks World Food Day, which was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to raise awareness of global hunger and shine a light on agriculture while encouraging development and solidarity.

Approximately 868 million people globally are undernourished, or roughly one in eight, according to FAO. Of those, the majority […]

Codex Alimentarius Commission sets new maximum residue limit on ractopamine

A veterinary drug used to increase growth in cattle, swine and turkeys while keeping them lean is subject to a new standard, following a narrow vote by a United Nations regulatory group.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, which creates international food standards and guidelines, voted 69-67 to set a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the beta […]