Crime lab tools can identify mislabeled and smuggled seafood faster and easier and diners might get the fish they pay for.

Food scientists are taking a page out of the crime fighting handbook to figure out whether consumers and restaurants are actually getting the seafood they are paying for. A study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology demonstrates … Continue reading

Many food recalls, but USDA is happy

Shoppers are living with a repetitive drumbeat of federal government announcements that food being sold by the nation’s largest grocery chains could sicken or kill those who consume it. Many consumers are concerned that the weekly chore of filling the larder has become a game of Russian roulette with E. coli, salmonella and other foodborne diseases going to the loser. However, the head of the US Department of Agriculture, said today that the food safety world is in good shape.

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Researchers find U.S. pigs carrying MRSA

Scientists swabbed the noses of 209 pigs from 10 farms in Iowa and Illinois and found MRSA in 70 percent of the porkers. Today, in Boston, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Abby Harper, a graduate researcher in the University of Iowa’s department of epidemiology, presented the results of a study that she and Michael Male did on 20 workers at the Iowa swine farms. Harper reported that 45 percent of the workers carried the same MRSA bacterium as the pigs.

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GAO urges caution on ocean fish farms

The big business “farmers” want permission to build sprawling complexes of floating pens, nets and cages in deep water miles offshore. This is the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone, which covers three to 200 nautical miles from shore. Thus, opening shop for anything in this hunk of ocean becomes a matter of federal jurisdiction, not state.

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