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[4 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 5,795 views]

February 1, 2010 (New York, New York) –This afternoon New York City based Ullman, Shapiro & Ullman, LLP submitted comments urging FDA to reconsider its apparent intent to classify products marketed as dietary supplements as conventional foods merely because of product packaging. The firm, which specializes in Food & Drug Law and represents numerous companies in the dietary supplement/natural products field, expressed concern that such action by FDA would violate the Congressional intent behind OSHEA and potentially force many otherwise legally marketed supplements off the market.
The Comments observe that FDA’s …

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[4 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 3,703 views]

2 Feb 2010 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting $4.03 billion to promote and protect public health as part of the President’s fiscal year 2011 budget – a 23 percent increase over the agency’s current $3.28 billion budget.
The FY 2011 request, which covers the period of Oct.1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011, includes increases of $146 million in budget authority and $601 million in industry user fees.
“The FY 2011 resources will strengthen our ability to act as a strong and smart regulator, protecting Americans through every stage …

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[4 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 9,682 views]

How to brew honey mead, short and sweet.
Honey Mead
** 15 lbs of honey in 5 gallon batch makes good sweet but 20 lbs of honey is like cotton candy. I like to use the pasteurized processed clover honey from Sam’s Wholesale club or Wal-Mart. I’ve tried different honey with varying result. The honey makes a dramatic difference in the body and flavor of your mead. Pasteurized and processed honey negates the need for campden tablets as long as you’re not putting in anything else that may be contaminated with bacteria. …

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[27 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 5,531 views]

Sulphur dioxide, benzoic acid, and sorbic acid are preservatives commonly used in preserving fruits and vegetables.
Because of recent instances of excessive preservatives being detected in samples of dried fruits and pickled vegetables, the Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) decided to take a closer look.
The CFS decided to include preservatives for fruits and vegetables in its “targeted food surveillance program.”  It’s objective was to assess just how the preservatives are being used.
It analyzed 371 samples of pickled vegetables, including cucumbers, radish, leaf mustard, rakkyo, …

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[27 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 3,593 views]

BEIJING — Health officials in southern China have swept frozen confections and other dairy products from stores after discovering they contained melamine, the industrial compound at the center of a tainted-food scandal that rocked China’s dairy industry in 2008, news reports said Monday.
It was the third time in a month that Chinese authorities had announced problems related to melamine, suggesting that producers are still making and selling tainted food ingredients despite outrage over the 2008 scandal and what the government heralded as a crackdown.
The former head of the Guangdong Provincial …

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[27 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 3,426 views]

The C.E.O. of a Des Moines-based company that has manufacturing plants in seven other countries says if legislators choose to curtail the state’s tax credit for research activities, the state will lose jobs.
Kemin Industries makes vitamins and food additives at plants in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.  Chris Nelson, Kemin’s C.E.O., says it costs nearly three times as much to hire a scientist to work in Des Moines, but the state’s research activites tax credit helps offset that.
“So that regardless that we pay …

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[27 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 23,481 views]

Melissa Dobbins is a registered dietitian and a spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association. She shares some important information on sugar and artificial sweeteners.
One in four children and one in three teen girls exceeds the maximum recommended intake of sugar. In addition, nine out of 10 Americans buy or use low-calorie products including sugar-free foods or beverages. Melissa Dobbins is a registered dietitian and a spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association, and she is here today to share some facts on sugars and artificial sweeteners.
Sugars (technically referred to as “nutritive …

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[14 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 3,512 views]

Rockville, Md., January 11, 2010 — New standards to help ensure the quality and enhance the safety of key ingredients widely used in infant formulas and a variety of functional foods are being proposed for inclusion in the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), an internationally recognized compendium of quality standards for food ingredients. The proposed standards are for three nucleotides, present in breast milk and commonly added to infant formula, and two docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) oils, essential omega 3 fatty acids present in fish and often added to both infant formula …

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[14 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 4,166 views]

During November, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety found 99.6 percent of the 4,700 food samples it tested safe.
About 3,000 were subjected to chemical tests and the rest received microbiological and other testing.
The Hong Kong center uses microbiological tests to check for pathogens and viruses and chemical tests to detect pesticides, preservatives, metallic contamination, and coloring.
Among the foods tested were vegetables, fruits, fruit and vegetable products, meat, poultry, and meat products, aquatic products, milk, milk products, frozen confections, cereals, grains, and grain and cereal products.
About 1,600 samples of fruits, vegetables, …

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[7 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 4,012 views]

Jan. 5, 2010. As of today, China will levy a temporary anti-dumping tax on food additives imported from Thailand and Indonesia, said the Ministry of Commerce in a statement published on its website yesterday.
The MOC claims that firms in the two countries dumped their food additives in China, which led to substantial damage to the domestic food additive industry.
China has imposed a 16.9% deposit rate for products from PT Cheil Jedang Indonesia, an 8.1% rate for products from Indonesia-based PT Kirin Miwon Foods and a 6.5% rate for products from …