Category Archives: Food science

Food composition and contamination, Bacterial and physical contamination, General pollutants (heavy metals), Food labelling, food trace metals, compliance with Foods Standard Code, food forensics and/or contamination, toxins in shellfish or seafood.

A Food Safety Test We Have Yet To Pass (US)

Health Affairs blog 20 August 2015

The Food Laboratory Alliance was created in 2013 to address the quality of food laboratory testing through information, education, regulation, and guidance. The Alliance is supported by food laboratories, providers of food laboratory products and services, and consumers — all pledging a strong commitment to laboratory testing quality and accuracy.

Chemicals ‘build up’ in breast milk

The Australian John Ross August 21, 2015

A Harvard University public health expert says Western mothers should limit breastfeeding to a few months, after his team found that contaminants had accumulated in the blood of breastfed babies.
The Danish and American study found that a widely used class of industrial chemicals, known as “perfluorinated alkylate substances” or PFASs, had seeped into the bloodstreams of babies fed on mothers’ milk.
“We knew that small amounts of PFASs (could) occur in breast milk, but our serial blood analyses now show a build-up in infants the longer they are breastfed,” said Philippe Grandjean, an adjunct professor at Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health.

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2015 2nd International Conference on Food Sciences and Health (ICFSH 2015)

CONAL Conference Alerts
19th to 21st November 2015 Auckland, New Zealand 

2015 2nd International Conference on Food Sciences and Health (ICFSH 2015) will be held during November 19-21, 2015, Auckland, New Zealand.
ICFSH 2015 is sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES). It is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of
Food Sciences and Health. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Food Sciences and Health related techniques.
Organized by: CBEES
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 30th August 2015

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Food Chemistry

Table of Contents  |   Volume 189, Pages 1-128 (15 December 2015)

ASSET 2014 – Food Integrity and Traceability Conference

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Screw The Activists, We Need A Scientific Approach To Regulating GMOs

Forbes Opinion Kavin Senapthy and Henry I Miller  12 August 2015

Government regulation should be based on science, precedent and maybe even a bit of common sense, but when it comes to the oversight of food, the landscape has become an ideological quagmire.  Controversies rage about what qualifies as “natural,” whether foods produced from organisms modified with modern techniques of genetic engineering (sometimes called “genetically modified organisms,” or “GMOs”) should be labeled as such, and more.

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Food borne illness in Australia falling except salmonella which is increasing

ABC Rural Sarina Locke 13 August 2015

Despite more than four million Australians getting sick from contaminated food each year, the overall national rate of food poisoning is falling.
Except, that is, when it comes to salmonella.
A glance at Victoria’s Department of Health figures for example, shows a 50 per cent increase in salmonella in poisoning since 2012.
Queensland has seen a doubling of salmonella poisoning cases in the past 12 months.
Salmonella can be found in soil and water, and multiplies rapidly if food is not handled properly, including washing and refrigeration.

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Food safety meeting to be held in Lismore

Northern Star 10 August 2015

The salmonella outbreak earlier this year just across the border in Queensland, where more than 200 people became ill after attending a conference, is  no doubt still fresh in many people’s minds and local food retailers are being encouraged to take the opportunity to learn how to avoid a crisis like that for your own business.

Given the recent Brisbane experience, of particular interest will be the advice on safe egg preparation as part of a broader salmonella reduction strategy.

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