Food Safety News - 08/17/2018 Lead levels in baby food ‘worrisome’ but industry can fix the problem

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Lead levels in baby food 'worrisome' but industry can fix the problem

By Coral Beach on Aug 17, 2018 01:20 am

Laboratory analysis of 50 big-name baby foods showed the presence of at least one heavy metal in all of them, with two-thirds having "worrisome" levels, according to information from Consumer Reports. Researchers also said organic products were as likely to have lead or other heavy metals as non-organic foods.  Every product tested had measurable levels... Continue Reading

'Gold standard' of defense against animal disease sought in Farm Bill

By Dan Flynn on Aug 17, 2018 12:05 am

Food safety is for naught if animal diseases are not kept at bay. The federal Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program is funded through the so-called Farm Bill. And 120 groups representing animal agriculture late this week let Senate conferees know the 2018 Farm Bill does not provide enough money to prevent animal diseases. Differing... Continue Reading

Sweden investigates nationwide E. coli outbreak; source unknown

By Joe Whitworth on Aug 17, 2018 12:02 am

Swedish authorities are investigating a national outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 with at least 50 cases. Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency) and Livsmedelsverket (National Food Agency) said it appears to be one of the biggest outbreaks of infections from the potentially deadly pathogen that the country has ever had. Sweden usually records about 30 to 50... Continue Reading

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