FDA approves irradiation of iceberg lettuce, spinach

first_img Under the FDA rule, packages of irradiated lettuce and spinach—like other irradiated food products—will have to bear the radura logo and one of two statements: “treated with radiation” or “treated by irradiation.” Aug 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of irradiation to kill pathogens in fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce, which were linked to Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks that sickened hundreds of people in the fall of 2006. Iceberg lettuce and spinach now join meat, poultry, molluscan shellfish, and dried spices on the list of foods that can be irradiated for safety in the United States, said FDA spokesman Sebastian Cianci. The FDA action does not include other varieties of lettuce. The approval was sought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), formerly the National Food Processors Association, Cianci told CIDRAP News. Back in 2000, the group had petitioned for approval of irradiation for a wide range of foods, including raw vegetables and fruits. In December 2007, the GMA asked the FDA for a “partial response” covering just iceberg lettuce and spinach, Cianci said. Prepublication copy of the FDA’s Federal Register announcementhttp://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/FDA-1999-F-2405-nfr.pdf See also: He said the FDA previously approved irradiation of lettuce, spinach, and some other commodities to kill insects and reduce spoilage, which involved doses lower than those used to kill microbes. He was unsure about to what extent irradiation has been used to kill insects in produce, if at all. “Irradiation is effective in reducing levels of potentially dangerous pathogens such as Salmonella and E coli and will provide an additional tool that may be helpful to protect the public from microbial hazards,” Cianci said. Jan 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA finds Taco John’s E coli strain on California farms”center_img According to an Associated Press (AP) report published today, the FDA concluded that this dose of radiation does not sterilize lettuce or spinach but is enough to “dramatically” reduce levels of E coli, Salmonella, and Listeria without impairing the safety or nutritional value of the foods. The intent is to allow irradiation both to eliminate pathogens and to extend shelf life, according to the FDA’s new rule, to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register but posted online today. The rule takes effect tomorrow. “This final rule will permit the irradiation of fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach to a maximum absorbed dose of 4.0 kGy [kiloGray], which is effective in reducing microbial pathogens that have been associated with these crops in the past,” the FDA said in an e-mailed announcement. “This is not to take the place of other controls; it’s an additional pathogen-reduction method,” Cianci said. “This isn’t going to eliminate the need to wash the product. The FDA continues to recommend that consumers thoroughly wash produce uinder running water before they eat it,” said Cianci. “Pre-washed bagged produce can be used without further washing,” but not all bagged produce is pre-washed, he added. The FDA is still pondering allowing the irradiation of other kinds of produce. Cianci couldn’t predict how soon any additional approvals might come. Fresh bagged spinach grown in California was blamed for an E coli outbreak in the early fall of 2006 that involved 204 cases and three deaths. Later that fall, shredded lettuce from Taco John’s restaurants was implicated in two E coli outbreaks, one in Minnesota and Iowa and the other in several northeastern states.last_img read more

Squawka to launch UK betting product with FSB Technology

first_img RPM Gaming puts new spin on betting via CricketSim product April 8, 2020 Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Updating the market, industry platform provider FSB Technology (FSB) has confirmed that it has entered an agreement to supply football news, stats and insights portal Squawka (Squawka.com) with its fully optimised sports betting solution.Squawka one of the internet’s most popular football portals with an estimated following of + 6 million viewers a month will integrate FSB provisions launching its UK licensed sports betting product.The partnership will see FSB further supply Squawka with its trading-led CRM tool offering in-depth customer data and tailored bonusing capabilities.FSB Business Development Director, Richard Thorp was delighted to secure Squawka as a client, detailing the firms incredible content coverage on digital and social media platforms which sees Squawka serve +2 billion content views a month.“Squawka will be able to deliver on their strategy around the live sports event experience safe in the knowledge that they have a flexible platform at their disposal, as well the most modern CRM tools.” Thorp statedGuy Rogers COO of Squawka backed FSB as its betting partner, stating that the firm was excited to be launching its UK betting product;“I have known Richard and FSB for a long time and really like the way their team operate. Their sportsbook solution is very strong in terms of pricing and coverage and enables us to integrate the great content and stats our team produce every day.”“Our vision is to provide football fans with an exciting and engaging platform which will challenge their football knowledge and opinion through games, quizzes and betting markets.”“In addition, we want to look after our customers properly from both a service and responsible gambling perspective. As such we are not providing an online casino or other random number generated products and will enable customers to view their complete betting history at all times, a feature which we believe should surely be mandatory.” Related Articles Share Share RPM Gaming secures global distribution agreement with DWG April 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more