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 […]

FDA studies fishy species claims

They say “watch what you eat,” a piece of advice the government is looking at closer than before. It turns out, what you think you are eating might not be what you are actually eating.

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are taking the issue of species substitution into their own hands, implementing […]

FSA reports second wave of species identification test results

Additional results have come in under a United Kingdom-wide testing program for horse meat in beef products.

So far, more than 99 percent (or 3,599 samples) of samples tested contained no horse DNA “at or above the level of 1 percent.” Less than 1 percent (35 results) of samples tested contained horse DNA at or […]

FSA reports initial species identification test results, testing expands across Europe

Testing of beef for horse DNA still is underway in the United Kingdom (U.K.), as calls to test expand throughout Europe.

Of the 2501 samples tested so far in the U.K., 2472, or roughly 99 percent, came back negative for horse DNA and 29 samples, or about 1 percent, came back positive. About 950 tests […]

Deciphering science-speak: What is phenylbutazone?

Those who have been following the ongoing story regarding horse meat found in beef products in the United Kingdom (U.K.) may have noticed concerns about a pain drug used to treat horses.

Phenylbutazone, or bute, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and soft tissue inflammation in horses and to treat a […]

FSA, industry to implement additional species identification testing program

Food businesses that sell beef products must now test their goods to ensure they don’t contain horse or swine DNA as part of a new program, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced.

The decision comes on the heels of the discovery of horse and swine DNA in beef products in the U.K. […]

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As fiscal cliff approaches, advocates worry about food safety – Food Safety News

Advocates worry the budget cuts that come with the fiscal cliff will set back food safety […]