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January 2008
Vol. 2, No. 1

     In this issue:

IAFP Updates

Food Safety News

Regulatory Updates

Research & Reports

Items of Interest


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As IAFP Report enters its second year of publication, we wish to thank our Members for reading, contributing content, and sharing suggestions throughout our successful first year. Your continued participation in 2008 will ensure that we achieve our mission of providing you with timely and useful global news and resources relevant to the field of food safety.

All Members are welcome to forward content for possible inclusion, and contributors will be acknowledged by name in the issue to which they have contributed. Contact information for IAFP Report is provided at the end of every issue.

We are also grateful for the generous support of our sponsors: BCN Research, Universal Sanitizers and Supplies, Inc., DuPont Qualicon, and Litmus Rapid-B. Sponsorship of IAFP Report is provided on a quarterly basis. By clicking on the sponsor ad, you will link to the company Web site to learn more about their products and services.

IAFP Updates

IAFP's First Timely Topics Symposium to Be Held January 24

"Prepared, But Not Ready-To-Eat Foods" kicks off the first IAFP Timely Topics conference, to be held on January 24 in Arlington, Virginia. This is the first in our ongoing series of symposia addressing current issues of interest to a high number of food safety professionals. Visit our Web site now for program and registration details.
[Link to IAFP]

IAFP 2008: Abstract Deadline Approaches

Preparing to submit your technical or poster abstract for presentation at our 95th Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio? To be considered for acceptance, abstracts must be received at the IAFP office by January 29. Visit our Web site for further information on abstract submission and other developments of IAFP 2008.
[Link to IAFP 2008]

Featured Abstract from Journal of Food Protection

"Fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 during On-Farm Dairy Manure-Based Composting" was the most widely-read article in the December 2007 issue. Read the abstract here.
[Link to abstract]

January Food Protection Trends: Abstracts and Monthly Columns by IAFP President and Executive Director

Regulatory processes in the New South Wales poultry industry are reviewed and related to those occurring in Australia; a survey reveals food safety measures in US meat slaughter plants; US childcare centers in six Midwestern states are studied for their employees' food safety beliefs and perceptions, and how these attitudes would impact a HACCP-based program; an observation from Gary Acuff's teen years proves useful in understanding and celebrating the diverse attitudes and methodologies behind IAFP Membership and its Annual Meeting; David Tharp gives an overview of the Association's 2008 activities, commenting on its growing number of opportunities for food safety professionals everywhere.
[Link to January FPT]

Food Safety News

Super Science Versus Super Bugs

At the University of Manchester, a chemical biologist and a geneticist are the forces behind the development of new lipopeptide antibiotics capable of conquering super bugs, which are growing increasingly resistant to other classes of

[Link to article]

Donair: The Dish on the Meat

You say donair, I say gyros. A December 12 broadcast news story from Global Edmonton in Canada examines the food safety issues surrounding a spicy, Turkish meat dish with cross-cultural popularity. From the link page, scroll down and click on "Donair Details."
[Link to Global TV]

Beef and Dairy Outbreaks See Rise in 2007

In 2006, produce was under the contamination radar. In 2007, according to the updated Outbreak Alert! report and database from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), it was beef, with more than 30 million pounds being recalled for E. coli contamination.
[Link to CSPI]

Study Aims for Effective Treatment Options Against Shiga Toxin

Biologists at the University of Buffalo are working to develop treatment methods that would give human cells the ability to become resistant to Shiga toxin, which was linked to the E. coli contamination in bagged spinach in 2006.
[Link to article]

Regulatory Updates

FSIS Develops New Compliance Resource

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Web site has made available an information table, to be updated monthly, summarizing innovations and improvements to food safety technologies.
[Link to FSIS]

FDA Improves Access to Guidance for Food and Cosmetics Safety

In response to industry and stakeholder comments, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has simplified the information available in the 2003 Food and Cosmetic Security Preventive Measures Guidances.
[Link to CFSAN]

Research & Reports

Annual Report on Zoonotic Diseases Now Available

This joint report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) examines infectious diseases transmissible from animals to humans.
[Link to article]

The Risky Business of Nanotechnology

The list of consumer products claiming to be using nanotechnology is growing. This report addresses the lack of knowledge surrounding the safety of these tiny particles.
[Link to article]

E. coli in Feral Swine

This study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigates the involvement of feral swine in the Escherichia coli O157:H7 contamination of fields and waterways, which was linked to a major outbreak from bagged spinach.
[Link to CDC]

Risk Assessment of Microorganisms Used in Food and Feed Production

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued this opinion introducing a Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) approach for assessment of selected microorganisms.
[Link to EFSA]

Items of Interest

EFSA Celebrates 5th Anniversary

With five years under its belt, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reflects on its accomplishments and goals as Europe's food safety watchdog. This article includes a link to the Webcast of the Scientific Forum and Food Safety Summit held in November 2007.
[Link to EFSA]

Safety Resources for Fruit and Vegetable Farmers

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is developing on-farm food safety training materials for Canadian producers and packers of horticultural products. A materials production timeline for the eight crop groups is available at the Web site.
[Link to CHC]

Fourth Volume in Reference Series Examines Enterobacter sakazakii

Leading experts in the critical field of Enterobacter sakazakii have published this essential, comprehensive fourth volume of Emerging Issues in Food Safety for regulators, policymakers, and academics involved with this organism and the issue of contaminated powdered infant formula.
[Link to info page]

Spread of Exotic Virus Spurs New Research

This article published in Volume 318 of Science Magazine focuses on the chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne disease once thought to be contained to developing countries in Asia and Africa.
[Link to article]

FSA Updates Food Safety Resource for Young People

This December press release from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) announces the update of its food competencies resource, a framework of core skills and knowledge for young people that builds on the previous version, "Getting to Grips with Grubs."
[Link to FSA]

Comments or suggestions for IAFP Report may be sent to report@foodprotection.org, or directly to the Contents Editor, Dr. Jeff Farber, Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada. E-mail jeff_farber@hc-sc.gc.ca

Thank You to Our Contributors

Publication images: FDA/CFSAN, J. Farber
Photos: CDC/PHIL

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