Food fraud: The adulterated alcohol trend

Although there isn’t an accurate number for the death toll from adulterated alcohol poisoning — this figure likely increases every day.

Over the last two months, at least 20 people have died from alcohol poisoning in Costa Rica, ABC News reported.

The victims were between 32 and 72 years old, and the events took place […]

Adulteration: DNA project reveals fishy nature of fish labeling

In a restaurant, it’s usually obvious when the server brings out the wrong order. Sometimes, however, it may require advanced DNA testing to even realize the order isn’t what you expected.

Dr. Jennifer McDonald, a biology professor at Fanshaw College in Ontario, Canada, directed her molecular biology students on a homework assignment that would […]

Study: 20% of sausages tested in Canada contained unlabeled meat

The phrase “meat adulteration” sends shivers down the spines of those in the meat industry. And ever since the highly publicized 2013 horse meat scandal, the term scares consumers too.

The issue returned to the spotlight this month when a study examined sausages sold in grocery stores mostly near three major Canadian cities.

Researchers from […]

Undeclared allergens in a global ingredient supply chain

These days, simply eating a meal is like taking a journey around the world, whether you realize it or not. Thanks to increasingly interlocked global trade, there might be ingredients in your food from another hemisphere.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, between 10% and 15% of all food consumed in the U.S. […]

Tox Tuesday: Mexican resort death attributed to tainted alcohol

Tragedy struck earlier this year when a 20-year-old woman from the U.S. state of Wisconsin died after she and her brother were found unconscious in a pool at a resort in Mexico.

The siblings and their family had arrived at the resort just two hours before. They began their vacation with a few drinks, but […]

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

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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 […]