Food Safety Updates, July 9



California Assembly passes bill banning BPA in baby bottles
The anti-BPA movement has gained another victory. The Toxin-Free Babies and Toddlers Act passed the California State Assembly earlier this week. The act would ban the ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, baby formula packaging and other baby feeding products for children 3 years old and younger.
“BPA has been linked with health problems such as infertility, autism, asthma, hyperactivity and breast cancer. In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reversed its long-held position that BPA posed no concern, calling for more studies of the artificial hormone that often is used in shatter-proof plastic baby bottles, sippy cups and linings of cans, including those containing baby formula.”

Melamine limits set by world food group
Another nasty in the food industry – melamine – is also under scrutiny. Like BPA, melamine is also used in plastic manufacturing and was responsible for deaths and illnesses in Chinese babies a couple of years ago after drinking melamine-tainted power milk products. A recent meeting on food safety in Geneva has finally set the limits for melamine contamination in food products. The new limits for melamine is 2.5 mg per kg with some exceptions, e.g. 1 mg per kg in baby formulas,  equivalent to the U.S. limit of one part per million.

NOAA, FDA, and Gulf Coast State Officials Affirm Commitment to Ensuring Safety of Gulf Coast Seafood
And what about the safety of the seafood coming from the Gulf of Mexico? Several government agencies in the US are working together to address the issue.
According to Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service:

“No single agency could adequately ensure the safety of seafood coming from the Gulf following this tragedy, but in working together, we can be sure that tainted waters are closed as appropriate, contaminated seafood is not allowed to make it to market, and that closed waters can be reopened to fishing as soon as is safe.”

FDA: New Final Rule to Ensure Egg Safety, Reduce Salmonella Illnesses Goes Into Effect
The new safety requirements set by the US FDA to prevent Salmonella contamination of eggs took effect today, July 9. The requirements include appropriate storage, refrigeration and transportation of the eggs.
“Egg-associated illness caused by Salmonella is a serious public health problem. Infected individuals may suffer mild to severe gastrointestinal illness, short-term or chronic arthritis, or even death. Implementing the preventive measures would reduce the number of Salmonella enteritidis infections from eggs by nearly 60 percent.
Salmonella enteritidis can be found inside eggs that appear normal. If the eggs are eaten raw or undercooked, the bacterium can cause illness. Eggs in the shell become contaminated on the farm, primarily because of infection in the laying hens.”

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