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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

4/9/14 Health News: CHEMICALS ‘QUIETLY ADDED’ TO FOOD ♦ Wis. Cheese Contaminated ♦ Liquid effluent, stagnant water and mice at illegal tofu factory ♦ Texas Children Have High Ch olesterol

REPORT IDENTIFIES CHEMICALS ‘QUIETLY ADDED’ TO FOOD UNDER GRAS
The “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, determination for food additives has been getting a lot of attention lately for being a regulatory loophole. The main issue is that GRAS allows companies to decide whether a substance meets the definition of GRAS without mandating a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before being... Continue Reading
CDC: LISTERIA PROBABLY CONTAMINATED WI CHEESE DURING PRODUCTION PROCESS
A Listeria outbreak in the Midwest linked to one death and a miscarriage likely was caused by contamination during the cheesemaking process, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Inspection of the cheese-making facility revealed that substantial sanitation deficiencies during the cheesemaking process itself, after the milk was...Continue Reading
Liquid effluent, stagnant water and mice infestation found at illegal tofu factory
An illegal tofu factory in Erith has been busted by Bexley Council twice in a month after it was found to be infested with mice. Food safety officers first visited the business, Soy, in Hailey Road on March 18 following a tip-off and found the illegal production of tofu. The unregistered property was not only operating unlawfully but found to be unhygienic, ridden with mice and full of "stagnant water and liquid effluent".Continue Reading
One-Third of Children Tested in Texas Have Borderline or High Cholesterol

One in three children undergoing routine lipid screening in primary-care pediatric clinics have cholesterol levels considered high or borderline high, according to a new analysis. Regarding LDL-cholesterol levels, 46% of children have borderline-high or elevated levels and 44% have HDL-cholesterol levels considered low or borderline low,. Continue Reading

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