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Brighter future for bacteria detection

(MIT News Office) Ever wonder why fruits and vegetables sometimes hit the shelves contaminated by pathogenic bacteria such as listeria, E. coli, and salmonella? According to Tim Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering at MIT, it boils down to the inefficient bacteria-detection assays used in the food industry. In some cases,  Read More »

Foot-and-Mouth Continues to Spread

(DailyNK) Foot-and-mouth disease appears to have spread throughout North Korea, with reports of infected cattle as far south as Kangwon Province. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced during a press conference on the 28th that at least four cattle with the highly contagious disease had been discovered at a cooperative farm near the  Read More »

Could Our Food Supply Be A Target For Terrorists?

(NPR) It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: Villains bent on chaos set their sights on a food company — an easy target — with plans to lace its products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out in time to save the day. Sound far-fetched? Not according to U.S. regulators who  Read More »

FDA Moves To Head Off Food Terrorism

(Here & Now) In the wake of September 11th, the U.S. government spent years and billions of dollars fortifying various industries against possible terrorist attacks. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is tackling the issue. The agency is currently crafting rules with the intent to strengthen vulnerable sections of the food system.

Sens. Blunt, McCaskill praise passage of biosecurity resolution

(Bio Prep Watch) U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised the passage on Thursday of a resolution that highlighted the importance of biosecurity and agro-defense to U.S. national and economic security. The resolution stated that the U.S. must not forget the safety, security and health of its livestock and agriculture commodities. It  Read More »