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June 2008
Vol.2, No. 6

     In this issue:

IAFP Updates

Food Safety News

Regulatory Updates

Research & Reports

Items of Interest



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If you've never enhanced your Annual Meeting experience by attending an IAFP Workshop, we encourage you to do so this August in Columbus.

Workshops are one- or two-day intensive sessions intended for specialized audiences. This year's offerings, held Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, include "Better Process Cheese Control School" and two hands-on workshops, "The Art of Fungal Characterization and Identification" and "Microbial Risk Assessment Modeling and Interpretation."

Click on the meeting logo for complete details on these and other IAFP 2008 opportunities.

IAFP Updates

July 1 Marks Deadline for IAFP 2008 Early Registration Rate

If you're planning to join us for IAFP 2008 in Columbus, delay your registration no further! Early registration discounted rates apply only through July 1.
[Link to register]

Featured Abstract from Journal of Food Protection

"Factors Influencing the Growth of Salmonella during Sprouting of Naturally Contaminated Alfalfa Seeds" was the most widely-read article in the May issue. Read the abstract here.
[Link to abstract]

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

A paper on alternative methods of reducing and/or eliminating E. coli in apple cider; US consumers are surveyed by phone regarding their perception of food safety issues; Gary Acuff remarks on the food safety blunders of popular television cooking shows and the sorely missed opportunities for mass consumer education; from educating the future leaders of food safety to providing resources to developing countries, David Tharp describes the essential and illuminating work of the IAFP Foundation.
[Link to FPT]

Food Safety News

BfR Implements Expert Advisory Network

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany announced in April that its food and product safety efforts will be advised by 14 committees of external experts, a structure modeled after European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

[Link to article]

How Bacteria Fight Antibiotics

In research that may trigger improvements in antibiotics, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago explain how some bacteria are able to sense the presence of these drugs and use genes as a resistance mechanism.
[Link to article]

Research Aims for Protein Warfare against Bioweapon

Researchers at New York's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Maryland's US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have developed a protein that could be used to stunt the effects of botulinum toxin, which could be lethal if used in a bioterrorism attack.
[Link to article]

New Perspective on the Study of Infectious Disease

In Italy, scientists looked beyond traditional approaches to risk assessments and the epidemiology of infectious disease by examining how Vibrio cholerae behaves in an aquatic environment.
[Link to article]

Regulatory Updates

Canada Seeks to Improve Guidelines for Food Labels and Advertising

In an effort to better define its country's criteria for food products, the Government of Canada has published a 12-page discussion paper entitled "The Canadian Food Labelling Initiative: Defining 'Product of Canada' and 'Made in Canada' for Food Labels and Advertising."

[Link to pdf:]

Research & Reports

EFSA Surveys Salmonella in Turkey Flocks

Using European Union-wide baseline surveys, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) measured the prevalence of Salmonella in turkey flocks from October 2006 to September 2007.
[Link to EFSA]

WHO Publishes MRA Series 6

Findings of the Food and Agricultural Organization and World Health Organization's (FAO/WHO) expert meeting on microorganisms, particularly Enterobacter sakazakii, in infant formula are addressed in this sixth volume of the Microbiological Risk Assessment Series.
[Link to WHO]

IFST Updates Statements on VTEC and Cyclospora

In May, the Institute of Food Science and Technology Trust Fund (IFST) replaced previous versions of Information Statements on the human-specific protozoan parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis and verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC).
[Link to Cyclospora statement]
[Link to VTEC statement]

New Information Notes from INFOSAN

The INFOSAN Information Note Archive features "Food Safety and Nutrition During Pregnancy and Infant Feeding" and "Antimicrobial Resistance in Food Animals," both available for download in six languages.
[Link to WHO]

Items of Interest

New Online Resource through GMA

To help policymakers, the media, and consumers stay informed of the public debate on how to strengthen food safety in the US, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) introduced in late April the new Web site KeepFoodSafe.org.

[Link to site]

Stop Foodborne Illness While You Shop

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlines food safety tips for grocery shoppers in "Start at the Store: 7 Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illness."
[Link to FDA]

WHO Releases FERG Meeting Report

As part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases," this report details the first formal meeting of the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) in November 2007.
[Link to WHO]

Web Site Follows Progress of FSRC Project

The Food Safety Research Consortium's (FSRC) Web site for its Food Safety Information Infrastructure (FSII) Project keeps the public current on the project's long-term efforts to improve food safety in the US.
[Link to site]

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

Logos: Government Canada, KeepFoodSafe.org
Publication images: WHO
Photos: Dr. Kari Lounatmaa (Science Photo Library, MRSA); Dr. Mark Winter (Science Photo Library, cholera toxin model)

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