FDA may loosen labeling rules for irradiated foods

first_imgApr 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed rules that would relax some labeling restrictions on irradiated foods and invited the public to comment. Oct 2006 FDA statement on E coli outbreak However, in an Apr 4 notice published in the Federal Register, the FDA proposed that only foods that are “materially changed” by irradiation be required to carry the radura logo and the term “irradiated.” The FDA defines a material change as an alteration in a food’s characteristics caused by irradiation, such as extended shelf-life in bananas or changes in color, texture, or taste that exceed the normal range of variability for the food. The proposed rule change would also allow companies to petition the FDA for permission to use alternative terms for irradiation and would permit firms to use the term “pasteurized” instead of “irradiated” if the process they use meets federal criteria for pasteurization. “It is possible that some manufacturers not currently using irradiation as a safety tool (because of the current labeling requirement) may opt to start using irradiation in order to enhance the safety of their products,” the FDA notice states. Some consumer groups, such as Public Citizen, strongly oppose food irradiation because they are suspicious about its effects and believe food producers will use it as a substitute for more traditional food safety measures. The bill broadened the definition of pasteurization to include any safe process that is at least as protective as pasteurization and is reasonably certain to kill the most resistant pathogens likely to occur in the food. The legislation also directed the FDA to review its regulations on labeling of irradiated foods, receive public comments, and then revise the regulations “as appropriate.” The 2002 farm bill specified that, until the issuance of new rules, anyone could petition the FDA for permission to change the labeling of an irradiated food, provided that the change “is not false or misleading in any material respect.” The FDA’s Federal Register notice says that the agency has not received any petitions from companies requesting the use of alternative labeling for their irradiated products. Currently, few foods are irradiated. Though several major health and science organizations, such as the World Health Organization and Infectious Diseases Society of America, have endorsed food irradiation as safe, US consumers have been slow to warm to irradiated foods. See also: It also says the labeling changes could allow some consumers to make more informed decisions about their food purchases, but it acknowledges that others may regard substitute terms as misleading. The FDA says in the notice that it was unclear how many products could be marketed without “irradiation” on the label if its proposal is adopted, because labeling requirements cannot be made in advance for all products. Labeling requirements will mostly likely be set case-by-case because the effects of irradiation on different foods vary. “It is more likely that this option would simply allow firms more flexibility in how they label irradiated foods,” the notice states. Comments from the public are due by Jul 3, 2007. The move toward loosening labeling rules for irradiated foods began nearly 5 years ago when Congress passed the 2002 farm bill. Labeling-related provisions intended to promote the acceptance of irradiated foods were included in amendments authored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Apr 4 FDA Federal Register notice on proposed change in labeling rules However, recent illness outbreaks caused by contaminated produce have sparked new interest in ways to make the US food supply safer. Last October, amid a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to fresh spinach, the FDA, in an outbreak update on its Web site, said it had a petition under review to permit the irradiation of multi-ingredient foods, including prepackaged fresh produce, to reduce microbial contamination. The FDA says companies are sure to consider their bottom line when deciding to make a labeling change, but the new rules could also increase the use of irradiation as a food safety tool. The revised labeling rules, however, could make it more difficult for consumers who want to avoid irradiated foods, because they would need to do more research on which foods are irradiated. Jun 17, 2002 CIDRAP News article “New farm bill may promote food irradiation, but changes could be slow” CIDRAP overview on food irradiation The FDA currently requires all irradiated foods to have the international radura symbol and the statement “treated by irradiation” or “treated with radiation” clearly displayed on the packaging.last_img read more

Liberty hit Chelsea for five

first_imgBerekum Chelsea were brought back to ground on Wednesday as they were hammered 5-1 by Liberty Professionals in the Glo Premier League.Three days after beating champions Asante Kotoko 2-0, Chelsea were expected to ride over the Dansoman side rather they were pummeled at the Carl Reindorf Park.And it was Ebenezer Asifouh who did the demolition, scoring four goals on the day.He scored two apiece in either half with Kwame Boahene scoring in between Asifouh’s braces.Joseph Ato Bissah got a consolation for Chelsea but it was a bad for the Berekum side as they dropped from top spot to third on the table and are two points adrift new leaders, Aduana Stars.last_img

Cameroon defy Senegal, storm AFCON semis

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Cameroon 0 (5) Senegal 0 (4)Burkina Faso 2 Tunisia 0SundayEgypt vs MoroccoDRC vs GhanaFranceville, Gabon | AFP | Sadio Mane agonisingly missed from the spot to allow Cameroon to beat Senegal 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final tie on Saturday.The match went to penalties after a goalless 120 minutes in the southern Gabonese town of Franceville.After each side had successfully converted their first four penalties, Liverpool star Mane’s effort was stopped by Fabrice Ondoa in the Cameroon goal. Vincent Aboubakar then stepped up to score and take the Indomitable Lions through to the last four at the expense of a Senegal side who were widely fancied coming into the tournament.Cameroon, who also beat Senegal on penalties in the final of the 2002 Cup of Nations, can now look forward to a semi-final tie against either DR Congo or Ghana in Franceville on Thursday.Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals line-upFeb 1 Burkina Faso v Egypt or MoroccoFeb 2 Cameroon v Democratic Republic of Congo or Ghanalast_img read more

Mourinho praises goalscorer Sanchez but ticks off quiet fans

first_imgAfter first ticking off supporters following a home win against Leicester back in August, and then in programme notes before a clash with Everton a month later, Mourinho again felt the need to point out that the Old Trafford crowd is big, but shy.“It’s not Portsmouth,” he said. “I remember Portsmouth in the Premier League. It was such a small stadium that the atmosphere there was incredible. Here the atmosphere is a bit quieter, ours is not very enthusiastic but the players love playing here.“Paul is a fantastic player and no doubt for me one of the most talented players in the world but to sit on the bench for one day is not the end of the world.”Mourinho also used his post-match press conference to confirm that Marouane Fellaini is likely to be out until March after knee surgery.Ahead of kick-off, there was an impeccably observed minute’s silence to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, which falls on Tuesday, before the first half ended goalless after a physical Huddersfield team did all they could to keep United out.Most of their tackles were borderline legal as Sanchez, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia were all roughed up while one challenge on Scott McTominay was particularly harsh.Sanchez got into the game more as it progressed and tested Jonas Lossl from 20 yards but David Wagner’s side were determined to play for a point and often had all 11 men behind the ball to frustrate the home team.However, after the break, Huddersfield’s resistance ended, when Mata delivered an inch-perfect cross for Romelu Lukaku, who volleyed home from close range.Midway through the second half, Sanchez was clumsily fouled by Michael Hefele on the edge of the box and although his initial spot kick was saved, he calmly followed up the rebound to finish off Huddersfield as they fell into the bottom three for the first time this term.“We wanted to be stable and compact and frustrate Man United for as long as we could,” Wagner said. “Unfortunately, that was not long enough. Defensively I saw everything I wanted to see and work ethic, desire and togetherness.“Unfortunately we were not able to create defensive moments. In the end it was a fair result.”Share on: WhatsApp “He’s a humble guy who doesn’t forget where he started and I’m pretty sure when he was playing in Chile he had difficult places to play with difficult performers and he’s quite used to it.”Apart from Sanchez’s brilliance, the other talking point at Old Trafford was Mourinho’s decision to drop Paul Pogba following United’s damaging defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.Mourinho said there had been no falling out with Pogba but he has risked annoying United’s fans after again criticising the volume levels inside Old Trafford. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Alexis Sanchez after the former Arsenal man scored his first goal for his new club in a 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town at a “quiet” Old Trafford on Saturday.Entertainment was in short supply at Old Trafford despite the victory but Mourinho chided the home fans for not supporting his players loudly enough.However, one genuine positive for United was the performance of Chile international Sanchez, who shone brightest on an afternoon on which Huddersfield were not shy in targeting the slightly built Chilean.Yet despite watching his new signing get repeatedly clattered all afternoon, Mourinho said the goalscorer could handle it as United reduced the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to 13 points“Alexis is a fantastic player but not a prima donna,” Mourinho said.last_img read more

Virat Kohli reacts after India pulls off massive chase: ‘80% of the crowd was…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement kqhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs44mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E70md( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2c3Would you ever consider trying this?😱6r4Can your students do this? 🌚1z532rxRoller skating! Powered by Firework A stunning comeback against Australia in the last ODI series at home. A brilliant start against New Zealand on the start of the T20 series on away soil. Team India is not only fulfilling the expectations, they are also conquering the hurdles in between. A 3 match ODI series, followed by flying to another country within three days- and snatching an amazing chasing victory, it has all been a major leap forward for Virat Kohli and the team.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPPreviously what felt like a hectic schedule for Virat Kohli, turned into savoury for the team, as the skipper himself said himself after today’s win in Auckland: “We enjoyed this. Landing two days before and playing a game like this, it was fantastic… This sets up for the whole tour for us.”As the hosts put up a total of 203 in the first innings, it was the stormy duo of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, along with Kohli’s own blasts that got the Men in Blues winning the match with 5 wickets remaining.Advertisement Kohli mentioned that the atmosphere at the Eden Park Stadium was perceived as home crowd, which turned out to be a big factor for chasing down a hefty target. The 31 year old continued: “Felt like 80 percent support was for us and the crowd was right behind us. You need that sort of push chasing 200 plus. We never spoke of the jet lag in the team. We didn’t want any excuse.”While missing his half century by just 5 runs, Kohli is now the highest Indian run scorer against The Black Caps. Along with the captain’s 45-off-32, KL Rahul opened up with a stormy 56 runs from 27 balls, along with Shreyas who kept his strike till the end at a 29-ball-58. The latter was named the Man of the Match.Advertisement However, Kohli mentioned the contribution of India’s bowling squad for keeping a star stunned Kiwi batting order near 200, while Colin Munro, Ross Taylor the skipper Kane Williamson all putting up scores past 50s.“You can’t be harsh on anyone on this kind of pitch. I think we did well in the middle overs, to restrict them under 210 was a good effort,” he added.The second T20 match is on Sunday at Eden Park.Also read-NZ vs IND 1st T20 Review: KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer bring the thunder as India chase down NZ’s total Advertisementlast_img read more