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11 April 2014

FDA Allows Ionizing Radiation to Control Foodborne Pathogens in Crustaceans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is amending our  current food additive regulations to allow the safe use of ionizing radiation on crustaceans (e.g., crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and prawns) to control foodborne pathogens  and extend the shelf life. Our action responds to a food additive petition submitted by the National Fisheries[…]

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28 March 2014

Food Standards Australia New Zealand – Nutritional impact of phytosanitary irradiation of fruits and vegetables.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) comments on the nutritional impact of phytosanitary irradiation of fruits and vegetables on its website. Follow the link for further information. Steritech (iia member) highlights that the following fruits have already been approved by FSANZ: Tomatoes, Lychee, Rambutam, Custard Apple, Capsicum, Papaya, Bread Fruit, Persimmon, Mango, Longan, Carambola and Mongosteen.[…]

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21 March 2014

Irradiated fruit from Malaysia permitted into the US

The Federal Register dated 19 March 2014 announced that USDA-APHIS allowed the importation of fresh jackfruit, pineapple, and starfruit from Malaysia into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, all three commodities must be irradiated for insect pests, inspected, and imported in commercial consignments. Click here for more information.

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20 March 2014

Pathogens and filth in Spices

On 3rd March 2014, the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) sent extensive comments to the Food and Drug Administration in response to the draft risk profile on pathogens and filth in spices that was published in October 2013. The risk profile was initiated in response to food poisoning outbreaks caused by Salmonella-contaminated spices.

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24 January 2014

Encyclopedia of Food Safety

The encyclopedia is a truly international work, with contributors originating from many different countries. There are 276 chapters, written by 383 contributors in total. The work features a total of 560 images. It is now available from ScienceDirect and in print in the UK and Europe. It will be available in print in the USA next month.

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6 June 2013

Dr Kume & Todoriki – Food Irradiation

Update on the status of food irradiation in Asia, Europe and the USA Dr Tamikazu Kume and Dr Setsuoko Todoriki published an update on the status of food irradiation in Asia, Europe and the USA in the May 2013 edition (vol 62, number 5) of Radioisotopes, the Journal published by the Japan Radiation Association. A[…]

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7 May 2013

USDA / Malaysia Fruit

As a condition of entry all three commodities would have to be irradiated for inspect pests, inspected and imported in commercial consignments. Follow the link to see the rules as outlinked in the Federal Register.

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26 April 2013

Pa’ina Hawaii

Pa’ina Hawaii – a gamma plant designed to meet the phytosanitary needs of Hawaiian agriculture has opened for business. Pa’ina Hawaii uses a GRAY*STAR Genesis Irradiator

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