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Hand Washing in the Food Industry

Every time you go to the restroom in a commercial establishment, there are signs commanding that “Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work.” They are present now in office buildings and department stores, not just restaurants. However, in the food service industry, the signs carry (or should carry) more weight. Good hand hygiene is

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Confusion Surrounds GM Salmon

The introduction of the first genetically modified (GM) salmon in Canada has not been so smooth, according to reactions from consumers. It has created much confusion for food shoppers. Recently, tons of genetically modified salmon were introduced to Canadian consumers. In Canada, there are no GM food labels, so consumers cannot distinguish GM foods from

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Genetically Modified Salmon Emerges in the Food Supply

Salmon has become the first genetically-modified (GM) fish/animal in the world to be a part of the human food supply. Recently, AquaBounty Technologies in Maynard, Massachusetts sold nearly five tons of genetically-modified salmon to undisclosed customers in Canada. These fish are said to grow twice as fast as conventionally-farmed Atlantic salmon. GM salmon can grow

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Shrimp and Seafood Labels

Americans love shrimp. It is one of the most popular entrees on our dinner tables. Shrimp can be tasty, refreshing, and good for you. We eat more fish in this country than we did decades ago. With the increase in shrimp consumption, the United States has become a major importer. Nearly 94% of the shrimp

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The Impact of the NSF International

Every year one in six persons will become sick due to foodborne illness, according to the U.S.Centers for Disease Control. Many of the organisms that are the culprits of foodborne diseases are not instantly noticed. Many times they cannot be smelled, tasted, or seen, resulting in unhealthy foods being consumed by unsuspecting individuals. Thanks to

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Flood Waters and Food Contamination

Hurricanes can wreak havoc on agriculture that can cause substantial losses and damages to farms. Food waters resulting from hurricanes may contaminate food with sewage, animal waste, harmful bacteria, or chemicals. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that all flood-affected crops positioned above or below the ground should not be eaten by people,

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California’s New Law Restricts Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Chipotle is doing it. McDonald’s is doing it. Tyson Farms, Perdue, and Wal-Mart are doing it.  What are these companies doing? Trying to curb the controversial use of antibiotics in food animals. Now California has enacted what has been hailed as the nation’s strongest law regulating antibiotic use in animals used for food production. The

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Increase in Organic Food Recalls a Positive Indicator

Food recalls can cause public panic, especially within certain demographics such as children, pregnant women, older adults, and people suffering from certain serious diseases. Recalls are sometimes issued out of an abundance of caution, mislabeling of products, or a concern about a possible allergen. However, in some cases recalls can result from reports of people

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