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"Thank you for calling ABC Research, How may I help you? ""Hi there, this is going to be a long shot, but we found these really small particles on our equipment, and need to know if they are indeed particles of meat, or possibly something else like plastic? Is there anything you can do to help us?""Why yes there is…We can find out if your particles are meat or plastic, could you give me all the information you have in regards to this situation?"This is how my normal FTIR questions come about, and I am here to say, once those clients find out for sure what the particles are, they are relieved to know the source of their panic. Some of that panic is due to having to potentially throw out the entire product line that just came off that equipment. This could mean tons of money down the proverbial drain for their company. If they could only figure out the source of that small piece of …??? So now you ask, what is an FTIR? Ok, I was getting to that. FTIR stands for Fourier Transform Infrared.
El tan solo pensar que tu alimento puede ser detenido a la hora de importación por el FDA causa dolor de cabeza! Es un proceso costoso, requiere de tiempo, es un gasto de producto y costoso ( mencioné costoso?). Afortunadamente, si eres detenido por el FDA , existe un proceso menos exhaustivo para resolver la detención. Te invito a leer esta infografía la cual explica cómo ahorrar tiempo (y dinero) en tu próxima detención.
There are many social problems that exist in the world today and unfortunately they will undoubtedly continue in the future. The question that I would like to address is who is better suited to confront these social problems, the public sector or the private sector?
I normally try and stick to mainstream topics when writing my articles, but lately I have received several calls concerning algae. I am quite familiar with this subject as I live in Florida and I am constantly fighting algae in my koi pond and in my pool. But due to the fact that I want to emphasize food related topics, I will concentrate on algae for human consumption.I have read that more than $2 billion worth of algae is consumed per year. I have never eaten algae. Or have I but did not know it? We may consume vast amounts of algae and not even know it. Seaweed and algae are used quite often as an additive in many processed foods. Carrageenan is a form of Algae and is used in many dairy products including yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese, and whipped cream. Most brownie and hot chocolate mixes contain carrageenan. Beta carotene, which is sourced from algae, is often in ice cream and salad dressings. Agar is another form of algae that is often used in candy, fruit juices, and icing.
It is believed that algae have been evolving for over 3 billion years. It is also believed that over 10 million species exist. Algae are simple chlorophyll- containing organisms that can range from one celled organisms to multi cellular seaweeds. Algae do not have roots, stems, or leaves and it has been estimated that 70 percent of products we buy at the supermarket contain algae.
Last month there was another pet food scare with almost 600 animals dying and another 3,600 animals sickened. The suspected contaminated source was pet treats imported from China. The majority of animals sickened were dogs, though cats have been affected too. Though these treats allegedly came from China, domestic pet foods and treats also have a risk of sickening our beloved pets. Contaminated pet foods can even spread pathogens to humans when they are touched and hands are not washed. The good news, for pets and their human companions alike, FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) is going to require that pet food is regulated as closely as human food.
We have all seen the comical Thanksgiving dinner portrayed in American movies and television. The family gathers. Grandma drinks too much. Everyone avoids talking about Uncle's unfortunate incarceration...You try and explain for the 40th time what you do for a living...This year, I am thankful that life does not always imitate art. Our Thanksgiving will be much more run-of-the-mill, but the questions of my job and my opinion on certain food topics will definitely be in play. Here is a sneak preview of what I'm expecting:
A: This has been a hell of a year for pets, but things are going to get better. There are new regulations that will be released soon. These regulations will increase the frequency of testing on our pet foods. These pet foods will be considered as safe as food for human consumption. Although most problems have come from imported product, we have also had issues with domestically produced pet food and treats. We routinely do testing on FDA detained treats, but I guarantee we would find the same issues in domestic product if asked to test it. Because of the Food Safety Modernization Act, all pet food will be scrutinized much more closely in the future. For now, I think the pets of the world would agree that a few table scraps during Thanksgiving would be just fine.
I normally write articles about human food and the potential problems that can arise. Today I am focusing on the pet world. At ABC Research we love our pets and I am sure you do too. Human and pet food safety is of utmost importance. This is evidenced by the increase of food related legislation enacted over the last few years, mainly FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).But many people do not realize that FSMA applies to pet food as well as food for human consumption. As a result of this legislation, pet food and animal feed are now regulated as food.
Traces of antibiotics passed on into food. Without careful monitoring, it can ruin your mood.
Deli meats, soft cheeses, sushi, some seafood, fresh squeezed juice (unpasteurized), and even the lemon slice in my water...just a few of my favorite foods that are “off limits” now that I’m pregnant. When I describe them as off limits, it is either from the advice of my doctor or from the numerous pregnancy books and websites I have read. They all vary slightly in their list of “offlimit foods,” but with the risks they all claim to pose to the baby, I sometimes wonder if I’m better off not eating them. I sadly find myself sitting at a restaurant, menu in one hand, phone in the other, googling “can pregnant women eat...” and attempting to read the most reputable looking website for advice. At the same time, I’m laughing inside thinking of all the foods on the “off limits” list my mom and countless other moms ate years ago with no problems!My biggest food loss has been the deli meats. One of my favorite lunches is a roast beef sub from Publix. Deli meats pose a risk to pregnant women because it can contain the foodborne pathogen, Listeria. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Listeria can be passed on to the fetus through the placenta even if the mother is not showing any symptoms. Deli meats can be eaten, but they must be heated to steaming temperatures. (Wow, there is nothing better than microwaved roast beef.) Though I have found that sautéing it in olive oil is a slightly more acceptable way to eat it. Now I order my sub with the meat in a separate bag and ask the associate making it to change gloves after handling the meat.
Soft cheeses (feta, camembert, brie, blue veined cheeses) are off limits as well due to the risk of Listeria, unless they are made from milk that has been pasteurized. This was quite disappointing during my vacation in Paris while pregnant. Raw fish, smoked fish, and smoked meats are also considered to be high risk for the foodborne pathogen Listeria. They are recommended to be consumed by pregnant women only if they are cooked thoroughly or are part of a cooked dish.
Una de las preguntas que nos hacen frecuentemente en el mundo de la seguridad alimentaria es “¿Por qué no tienen una cede en [agrega el nombre de tu ciudad favorita aquí]?” Es una pregunta justa, después de todo en el sistema de bienes y raíces gira en torno a la ubicación, ubicación, y más ubicación. Afortunadamente, el mundo de la seguridad alimentaria no está limitado por distancias ni ubicaciones ya que contamos con herramientas importantes como envío con entrega inmediata y el sistema administrativo de información LIMS.
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