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An army of worms is invading Africa – Daily chart

The spread of Spodoptera frugiperda is threatening the region’s food safety AFRICA has been invaded on quiet wings. The fall armyworm, a pest known for munching its way through more than 80 plant species, first arrived in Nigeria in January 2016. Today, it can be found in 43 countries across …

US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. The new rules would allow hog …

Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government’s latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. The report counts cases in only 10 states for nine of the most common causes of …

Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread? : The Salt : NPR

Like politics and music, the question of whether to eat moldy food can divide families, with relatives’ admonishments reverberating in one’s head for years. “Every time I throw out moldy bread, I can still hear my dad lecturing me: ‘That’s perfectly good! Just cut that part off! It’s penicillin!’ ” …

China’s trading partners alarmed by food import controls

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports — including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate — that Washington and Europe say could …

China probes ‘fake seasoning producing hub’ near Tianjin – BBC News

The factories were allegedly using unapproved ingredients like industrial salt in seasonings. Chinese authorities are investigating nearly 50 factories allegedly manufacturing fake versions of widely used food seasonings and sauces. It comes after Beijing News reportedly uncovered the elaborate operation near the city of Tianjin. The factories were using unapproved …

Quote of the Day – The New York Times

“In about 18 minutes, everyone will stop what they’re doing and wash their hands.” ~JAMES MARSDEN, Chipotle’s new executive director of food safety, reminding employees at a Manhattan store that they have to scrub up every half hour. Source: Quotation of the Day – The New York Times

Which foods should be refrigerated – Business Insider

Some of these may surprise you. To refrigerate or not to refrigerate, that is the question. Okay, so maybe Hamlet didn’t say those exact words, but it’s certainly a topic many have pondered. The FDA recommendsrefrigerating or freezing perishable foods right away. Meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and certain kinds of …