Weekly News – June 15, 2020

Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the Meat Industry and Food Safety

According to Food Safety Magazine, “Before the COVID-19 pandemic, food- and agriculture-related employment comprised 11 percent of all U.S. employment, representing 22 million full- and part-time jobs.” While the pandemic has not only caused damage to the well being of the population it has ultimately changed the way the world as a whole conducts business.

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Mass Spectrometry for Foodomics

Foodomics is when “products are studied for safety, nutrition.” “Applications of foodomics could potentially incorporate genomic, proteomic, and/or metabolomic analyses of any of an infinite variety of food products for compound or ingredient profiling, fraud detection/authenticity, or biomarker research such as those used for allergens screening or crop modification. “

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Positive Salmonella Test Leads to Recall of Earlier Lot of Macadamia Nuts

According to Food Engineering Magazine, “NOW Health Group Inc. found salmonella in routine finished product sampling of raw macadamia nuts, causing a recall of an earlier lot that had been distributed nationwide and online.”

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Brandt Recalls Sausage After Government Tests for Listeria Monocytogenes

“G. Brandt Meat Packers Ltd. is recalling “Mini Smoked Farmer Sausage” from the marketplace because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.” The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is urging anyone with these products to dispose of them immediately. 

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