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February 2008
Vol. 2, No. 2

     In this issue:

IAFP Updates

Food Safety News

Regulatory Updates

Research & Reports

Items of Interest


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We are pleased to share with you the success of IAFP's first Timely Topics Symposium held January 24 in Arlington, Virginia. "Prepared, But Not Ready-To-Eat Foods" was attended by 116 food safety professionals examining the regulatory and preparation issues of popular convenience foods, which have seen a rise in outbreaks of foodborne illness. Many thanks to our accomplished speakers; our fellow cooperators, GMA and AFFI; and the sponsors who generously supported this endeavor. To view the presentation slides, go here >>.

Of course, the success of these events is dependent upon the talent and dedication of individuals representing the food safety profession. With so many individuals worthy of recognition for their efforts in the field, we encourage you to step forward this month and nominate a deserving colleague for one of our prestigious awards to be presented at IAFP 2008 in August. Nominations must be received at the IAFP office by March 4. To find the forms and criteria for each award, go here >> .

IAFP Updates

Online Voting Simplifies Process for Electing IAFP Secretary

On January 31, all IAFP Members were E-mailed the necessary link and password to cast their electronic vote in the Association Secretary election, which ends March 17. If you missed the message, visit our Web site to review the candidates and to access the link to the voting center, which will provide you the information needed to complete this easy process.
[Link to IAFP]

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

Vacuum-packaged crab meat is examined for changes resulting from pressure treatments and storage; a music-based food safety curriculum is measured for its impact on test scores among high school students in Idaho; home gardeners in New England are interviewed following a survey on their awareness of contamination sources; Gary Acuff reflects on why the world's food supply and consumers depend on the work of food safety professionals, and how IAFP Members can publicly honor the efforts of deserving colleagues in this important field; David Tharp explains the new electronic voting process for the Secretary election, and highlights the exciting preparatory activities taking place now for IAFP 2008.
[Link to FPT]

Featured Abstract from Journal of Food Protection

"Predicting Survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Dry Fermented Sausage Using Artificial Neural Networks" was the most widely-read article in the January issue. Read the abstract here.
[Link to abstract]

Food Safety News

Great Lakes Region Sees Rise in Avian Botulism

Necropsies of bird carcasses found on the shores of the Great Lakes reveal that loons and other fish-eating bird species are being poisoned with Type E botulism.
[Link to article]

Listeria monocytogenes: Resistant to Pasteurization?

In January, several cases of listeriosis were linked to consumption of pasteurized milk, a rare occurrence for a bacteria usually associated with raw and processed foods.
[Link to article]

Plant Herbicide Fights Common Human Parasite

Scientists at Washington University have found a way to hinder the production of abscisic acid (ABA), which reduces the severity of human infection caused by Toxoplasma gondii.
[Link to article]

Regulatory Updates

EFSA Says Producers and Consumers Share Risk Management in Ready-to-eat Foods

The Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its opinion on reducing the risk of human illness from Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods.
[Link to EFSA]

FDA Gives Food from Animal Clones a Passing Grade

On January 15, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of three documents maintaining the safety of foods derived from animal clones.
[Link to FDA]

Research & Reports

Optimal Welfare for Pigs Promotes Food Safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently published this opinion on the food safety aspects of different pig housing and husbandry systems.
[Link to EFSA]

Report Investigates Turtle-associated Salmonellosis

This new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents an ongoing, multistate outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B Var. Java infection traced to the handling of turtles.
[Link to CDC]

CDC Study Links Animal Agriculture to MRSA Infections

This study published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links a new strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to more than 20 percent of human MRSA infections in The Netherlands.
[Link to CDC]

Items of Interest

Strategic Plan Published for Nanotechnology

This 51-page document describes the vision, goals, and priorities of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to ensure that the US remains a global leader in the research and development of nanotechnology.
[Link to PDF]

Comments Invited on Ethical Implications of Animal Cloning

Through February 25, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Group on Ethics and New Technologies (EGE) are accepting comments for their scientific opinion on the ethical aspects of animal cloning for the food supply.
[Link to EFSA]

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: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Photos: National Geographic, CDC, USDA, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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