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

Canada ranks worst in elderly care home coronavirus deaths: Study

first_imgCanada ranks worst among 16 OECD countries for its high number of coronavirus-related deaths in elderly care homes, according to a Canadian Institute for Health Information report released Thursday.Eighty-one percent of COVID-19 deaths in Canada were recorded in long-term care homes, according to an analysis by the government agency.This is significantly higher than the average for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 42 percent. Conversely, Canada — like France, Spain and the United States — took more limited measures, according to the study.”This report confirms what we all suspected: Canada is not taking care of our seniors as it should be,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling on the provinces to do more to remedy this situation.The Canadian army had to be called in to care for seniors at long-term care facilities in Quebec and Ontario due to a chronic shortage of staff, which was worsened by the pandemic.The report notes that the proportion of seniors aged 65 years and up living in care homes in Canada is higher than the OECD average, and they tend to be older on average too.Canada also had fewer nurses and personal support workers per 100 senior residents relative to other countries.The report’s authors stressed the different testing and reporting standards across countries, as well as different definitions of long-term care homes, making direct comparisons difficult. Canada also ranks last behind Spain (66 percent), Israel and Norway (58 percent), Ireland (56 percent), Belgium (50 percent), France (48 percent) and the United States (31 percent).Canada has had a “relatively low” overall COVID-19 mortality rate compared to other OECD countries. However, the proportion of deaths in long-term care, which includes retirement homes, is “double the OECD average”, according to data collected from 17 countries as of May 25.Australia, Austria and Slovenia, which implemented “specific prevention measures” targeted at elderly care homes, including segregating units and wide screening for the illness, have registered “fewer COVID-19 infections and deaths.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Suarez: Reds must maintain charge

first_imgStriker Luis Suarez believes results over the next three weeks will determine whether Liverpool can launch a Barclays Premier League title challenge. Press Association Humbled to receive the gong at the Emirates Stadium, former Arsenal target Suarez said Liverpool will know by January whether they can fight for a top-four finish, and maybe even contend for the title. Suarez missed the first six matches of the season due to the ban he received in April for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. He has hit 17 league goals since returning to action though, and has now challenged Liverpool to capitalise on Sunday’s 5-0 Tottenham thrashing. Brendan Rodgers’ side face Cardiff, Manchester City and Chelsea before the turn of the year, and Suarez has admitted that run will test the Reds’ potential title mettle. “I think it’s too early to say,” said the 26-year-old when discussing Liverpool’s Premier League chances. “If we continue this level the next two or three weeks we can win the league or we can finish in the top four. “It’s important we concentrate and focus on the next game. “We know that after Cardiff we have two very, very big games. The Uruguayan goal machine admitted winning over the Liverpool fans after his “difficult year” has been his personal highlight of 2013. Suarez scooped the 2013 Player of the Year award at the William Hill Football Supporters’ Federation Awards on Monday night. “That will be important to what comes next.” Suarez paid tribute to Liverpool’s supporters for their faith after his biting ban, admitting he would not have had a future at the club without such backing. Citing his return to Liverpool action as his 2013 highlight, he said: “Coming back to play at Anfield: because after so many difficult moments for me I was able to win the supporters back, and that was unbelievable when I came back to play. “They helped me, and that was important for me, for my confidence, and for my family, because they are together with me in this. “It’s very special for me (the award) because my hard work on the pitch is recognised. “Everybody knows about my problems and my difficult year, but after that I forgot everything and have been able to get back on the pitch. “Liverpool are starting to reach their potential and we can play our best on the pitch. “It’s very important that we stay together, we keep going, this is very important. “If Liverpool don’t have these players I cannot continue my level, because it’s too much. “They know I am important, so they try everything to stay together, that’s important for me, but it’s more important for the club.” Suarez captained Liverpool for the first time in Sunday’s Tottenham rout, but the prolific finisher said there is no doubt Steven Gerrard is the Reds’ true leader. Challenging Liverpool to be a team of captains, he said: “I was a little surprised by that (the captaincy call), but I think we have only one captain here, Steven Gerrard. “If we stay together, we are together, we are the captain, the team is the captain, that’s important. “It’s far more important than me being captain that we win 5-0 against Tottenham, this is very important.” Suarez said childhood troubles growing up in Uruguay have helped him swat aside the many and varied controversies that have plagued his career. The Salto-born forward said: “When I was a child I had too many problems, but I could try my best on the pitch. “Once I was playing football I could try my best, because I just love to play football, I play with my heart.” last_img read more

Red Force slide to bottom of Regional 4-Day standings

first_img…Scorpions eye second spotST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force have slumped to the bottom of the Regional Four-Day Championship standings, after suffering their third straight defeat on Sunday.In the latest points standings, Red Force were languishing on 80 points, with just two wins in nine matches, in what has been another difficult season.Their innings and 38-run defeat to Windward Islands Volcanoes at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, was their fourth of the campaign and saw them slip from fourth after earning only 3.2 points from the encounter.Red Force, who have failed to compete since the emergence of the new Professional Cricket League four years ago, went down by 207 runs to Barbados Pride in the seventh round and lost by one wicket to Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the following round.The Denesh Ramdin-led side have not won since they beat Hurricanes by an innings at Warner Park.Ramdin has been the bright spark for the side this season, already with over 700 runs and three hundreds.Jamaica Scorpions, meanwhile, have taken aim at second place in the already-decided championship, following their comprehensive 57-run victory over Hurricanes in Kingston on Sunday.They have 91 points and are only 3.6 points behind the second-placed Pride who drew with newly-minted champions Guyana Jaguars in their contest at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.Scorpions and Pride will clash at the Oval in the last round of the competition starting Thursday, a fixture that will decide second place.Hurricanes, who face Volcanoes in the final round, lie fourth on 85.2 points while Volcanoes are fifth on 80.4 points.Jaguars, still unbeaten this season, sit on top the standings on 145.2 points, having wrapped up their fourth straight title following their eighth round win over Scorpions in Kingston.They take on Red Force in Georgetown in their final fixture.last_img read more

Justin Turner leads Dodgers’ offense in win over Colorado Rockies

first_imgIt is an MVP-level performance if too short to push Turner into the conversation for the National League award. But Turner has put questions about his physical limitations this season following a spring wrist injury to bed.“I feel healthy. That’s probably the most obvious answer,” Turner said when asked to explain his second-half surge. “A little flip-flop in the lineup, flipping me and Manny around (Turner batting second, Machado third). Things have gone really well since that happened. It’s always good to hit in front of a guy that’s got 35 homers and close to 100 RBI, a professional hitter like him.”Machado had an RBI double in the first inning. Kiké Hernandez joined in with a solo home run in the second as the Dodgers drove Rockies starter Tyler Anderson from the game in the third.Chris Taylor had a two-run double in the fifth and Turner’s home run came in the sixth, building an 8-2 lead for the Dodgers.That lead began to feel the shrinking effect of high altitude in the sixth inning. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run off Pedro Baez and Charlie Blackmon hit his second home run of the game in the eighth off rookie left-hander Caleb Ferguson to briefly make it a two-run game.Kenta Maeda came in and walked Arenado to bring the tying run to the plate before getting out of the eighth.Hernandez restored some of that cushion in the ninth, leading off with a triple and scoring on an RBI single by Alex Verdugo. Maeda gave up a leadoff single to Ian Desmond before Scott Alexander retired the side to close it out.With closer Kenley Jansen back in California on doctor’s orders, the Dodgers’ bullpen met the challenge of Coors Field, allowing just those two runs Sunday in nine innings this weekend.Given the disastrous results when Jansen missed the Dodgers’ August visit to Coors Field – and the string of bullpen nightmares that followed — this weekend could be seen as a three-day affirmation for the rest of the relievers.“It’s a long season with a lot of ups and downs,” Alexander said. “Sometimes it happens at the same time and that makes it look a lot worse than it really is. I don’t think any of us ever lost confidence.” “We swung at good pitches and got good results. Just the opposite of last night. But I guess that’s because we were cold last night.”Turner’s temperature update was a good-natured reference to his vigorous rejection of a postgame suggestion following Saturday’s loss that the Dodgers’ offense has run hot and cold this season. Sunday could be seen as further evidence. After scoring 35 runs in the previous 10 games, Sunday was the 10th time in 47 games since the All-Star break that the Dodgers scored eight or more in a game.Turner has not been prone to the swings. He had a single, two doubles, reached on a three-base error by Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday, was intentionally walked and hit a two-run home run Sunday. In 35 games since the All-Star break, he is batting .385 with a 1.182 OPS (.474 on-base, 708 slugging percentages).“It’s hard to quantify (his value),” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You can look at the numbers which are great. But there’s probably been a couple, few at-bats that have been bad at-bats since the break. That in itself is tough on any player mentally.“But to do that and have intent on every pitch … he’s been fantastic.” PreviousColorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) looks on as Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (19) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Justin Turner gets a hit off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson to reach base on a fielding error by left fielder Matt Holliday in the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (10) gets the ball from starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) as he pulls him in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chad Bettis delivers in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado, right, slides into home plate, knocking the ball out of Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta’s glove, to score in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, right, talks with starting pitcher Tyler Anderson, left, in the dugout after the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, background, delivers to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)ExpandDENVER  – OK, that was hot. Definitely hot.Held to six runs on 14 hits in the first two games of the series, the Dodgers had more runs and just as many hits in one game Sunday. Justin Turner led the way, reaching base six times in the game as the Dodgers built a six-run lead then held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 Sunday afternoon.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.By taking two of three in the weekend series at Coors Field, the Dodgers left Denver just a half-game behind the first-place Rockies. They turned away from their fantasy football concerns long enough to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks on the clubhouse TVs after the game and saw the Diamondbacks blow a ninth-inning lead and fall 2-1/2 games back in the division.“It was a big series for us obviously. We’re trying to chase those guys down,” Turner said of the closer-less visit to Coors Field.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more