Chemical contamination of food, beverages, and water include chemicals used in the growing or production of food, such as pesticides or veterinary drugs, as well as chemicals present in sanitizers, cleaning solutions, coatings, and packaging.
Microbiological contamination of food encompasses bacterial pathogens, such as Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli (E.coli), Salmonella, Cronobacter, and many other pathogens that can contaminate food at any point during the supply chain, causing foodborne illness. This category also includes foodborne parasites.
Allergens in food include the Big 9 (formerly the Big 8): milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat (gluten), soybeans, and sesame as of January 2023. Big 9 food allergens and residues in food are grounds for a Class 1 recall.
Aspartame consumed by mothers during pregnancy or breastfeeding may be associated with autism in their male children, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
New research from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU) finds that dairy producers overtreat cows diagnosed with non-severe cases of clinical mastitis, which is a possible threat to human health.
Penn State University (PSU) scientists have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assess the level of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among foodborne bacteria in Puerto Rico's dairy industry and to train farmers and students on AMR mitigation.
To address the trend of food manufacturers intentionally adding sesame to food products that did not originally contain the allergen in an attempt to circumvent allergen cross-contact requirements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its draft guidance for industry on hazards analysis and preventive controls with a new chapter on avoiding allergen cross-contact and proper labeling.
Microfiltration—an emerging processing technology that extends milk’s shelf life by using semipermeable membranes to keep out undesirable microbes—can introduce bacteria that are resistant to pasteurization into fluid milk if equipment is not cleaned properly, Cornell researchers recently found.
Matvælastofnun, known as the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority in English, recently published a report on the country’s antibiotic use for animals and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) of bacteria in animals and food during 2022.
The recently released findings of a five-year study on consumer meal preparation practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has highlighted the importance of National Food Safety Education Month.