The Hot dog report – Might hit your heart hard to believe

Clear labs collected approximately 345 hot dogs and sausage collected from different restaurant in USA, and revealed with supersizing finding. You might tend to expect, Chicken DNA in the veggies hot dogs and Pork DNA in the turkey dogs. But, they reported human DNA in hot dogs.

It might spin our head to thing how?  But, it is true.

Out 345 hot dogs, 14.4 % of hot dogs found with problematic in one or other ways.  It includes substitutions and hygienic issues.

Substitutions:   Meat in some vegetarian, absence of ingredient details on advertised label.

Hygienic Issue:  2 % of hot dog with human DNA sample.  In fact 2/3rd  of sample with human DNA were in vegetarian products

For information click on the below link: http://www.clearfood.com/food_reports/2015/the_hotdog_report?utm_content=22329123&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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Aquafina Admits That It’s Just Selling Tap Water Bottled & Labelled As Mineral Water In US

Brand loyalty is a phenomenon that has gripped the modern world and has led people to believe that they must pay a certain decided price just for a label. But what if people were to discover that apart from the labels, the product they are paying from is no different from something they procure anywhere else?

There’s some interesting news for all those people who insist on drinking “bottled mineral water” for the sake of personal health and hygiene. As per a recent admission by Aquafina in the US, reported by ABC News, it’s just tap water behind those labels showing glorious mountains.

The revelation comes after Aquafina in the US was forced to specify PWS (Public Water Source) on its labels, under pressure from Accountability International. The company said it was reasonable to make people understand that they were paying for water that is easily available in their bathroom sink.

The development has also sparked off a debate about tap water being unhealthy. Making people pay more for nothing is one thing, but the tonnes of plastic waste generated from the billion dollar industry, which is floating in the sea and polluting the environment, is a major cause of concern.

On its part PepsiCo India issued a statement saying, “As stated on the label, Aquafina is packaged drinking water with purity guaranteed. As per PepsiCo’s standard process, water used in Aquafina goes through stringent quality checks and treatment to ensure that it is potable. Once this process is complete, the water is further treated through a rigorous, five-step state-of-the-art purification process to ensure that all physical and chemical impurities and harmful microbes are removed. We at PepsiCo, rigorously adhere to the requirements set out in applicable Indian Food Safety and Standards Regulations and Bureau of Indian Standards requirement for packaged drinking water. That’s how we ensure that you get a clean, pure taste every time you open a bottle of Aquafina.”

Of course, tap water in the US is drinkable. So in no way was this endangering the drinkers. And this issue is restricted to the US alone. The water sold in India is pure and much, much cleaner than what we get in our taps.

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Search tool for foodborne diseases released

By Chloe Ryan, 23-Oct-2015

An estimated one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses every year

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a redesigned online tool making it easier to search data on foodborne disease outbreaks.

http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Safety-Legislation/Search-tool-for-foodborne-diseases-released

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Inspect in 30 Minutes a Week Part 2: What to Look For During a Self-Inspection

October 19, 2015 AIB International

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If you really want to inspect your plant in only 30 minutes per week there are a few things you should know about what you’re looking for before you begin. Food plant inspections are not limited to production and storage areas. They should include the roof, exterior grounds, and every interior area (e.g., boiler rooms, maintenance rooms, and office areas). Problems can exist above and below eye level.

Change your position regularly during the inspection to observe areas from different perspectives. For example, checking the grounds from a vantage point on the roof may reveal areas that require further investigation.

For more information visit the below link:

http://blog.aibonline.org/aib-food-safety-news/2015/10/19/0w9cdahv4u7e6t7lot6tciqigcq0i1

Blue Bell Workers Say Production, Money Over Cleanliness at Texas Plant

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In a televised CBS News report, former workers at Blue Bell Creameries are blowing the whistle on management, claiming that complaints about cleanliness and sanitation at the Brenham, TX plant went ignored before a Listeria outbreak earlier this year caused 10 illnesses and three deaths.

Blue Bell first recalled some of its products in March after three hospital patients in Kansas died after eating ice cream products. The same strain of Listeria continued to sicken more people, eventually leading to the company’s recall of all its products–8 million gallons of it.

http://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/news/blue-bell-workers-say-production-money-over-cleanliness-at-texas-plant/?emid=basu_dna@yahoo.com

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Study: High Levels of Arsenic in American Wines

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A study by researchers at the University of Washington found that most American wines have arsenic levels higher than what’s allowed in drinking water–a threshold set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The study included an analysis of 65 wines from four of the U.S.’s top wine producing states. Nearly all of them–64 to be exact–contained excessive levels of arsenic. The EPA allows for 10 parts per billion of arsenic in drinking water. In the wine samples, researchers discovered an average of 24 parts per billion, ranging from 10 to 76 parts per billion. Wines produced in the state of Washington had the highest levels of arsenic (average 28 parts per billion) and Oregon had the lowest (average 13 parts per billion).

A companion study done by the university seems to conclude that a person’s health risk from consuming arsenic depends heavily on how much of it is actually consumed. The risk is generally only high for very heavy drinkers who consume alcohol that also contains high concentrations of arsenic–and there aren’t many of them. Besides alcohol, researchers point to other sources of arsenic consumption–contaminated rice, organic brown rice syrup, seafood and apple juice. These foods and beverages are particularly high risk for pregnant women, children and the elderly.

Click on the below link for more information:

http://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/news/study-high-levels-of-arsenic-in-american-wines/?emid=basu_dna@yahoo.com

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Alvin and the Chipmunks front food safety campaign

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By Chloe Ryan, 19-Oct-2015

A new food safety education campaign featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks is being launched in the United States.

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