OLYMPIA, Was. – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will offer a free webinar to help poultry owners protect their birds from avian influenza as cases continue to increase worldwide.
- Top baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.
- Industry self-regulation fails to protect consumers as manufacturers set their own dangerously high internal standards for toxic heavy metal levels.
- Manufacturers routinely ignore internal standards and continue to sell products with higher heavy metal levels.
- Manufacturers’ prevalent practice of only testing their ingredients is concealing higher levels of toxic metal in finished baby foods.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization have declared that inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury are toxic heavy metals dangerous to human health, particularly to babies and children, who are most vulnerable to their neurotoxic effects. Even low levels of exposure can cause serious and often irreversible damage to brain development.
“The subcommittee’s investigation revealed that manufacturers knowingly sell tainted baby food to unsuspecting parents, in spite of internal company test results showing high levels of toxic heavy metal, and without any warning labels whatsoever,” added Krishnamoorthi. “I look forward to FDA’s careful regulation of these toxic heavy metals in baby foods, followed by strict compliance requirements and mandatory consumer labels.”
Click here to read the subcommittee’s staff report.
- Mexico: $1,415,827,000 – down 8% from 2019
- Canada: $675,993,000 – up 1% from 2019
- China: $539,059,000 – up 45% from 2019
- Philippines: $409,855,000 – up 50% from 2019
- S. Korea: $370,481,000 – up 12% from 2019
- Milk powder, <1.5% fat (0402.10): $2,011,058,000 – up 22% from 2019
- Fresh cheeses (0406.10), cheese all kinds (0406.20), and cheeses mixed (0406.90): $1,304,763,000 total – down 2% and up 21% and 5% from 2019, respectively
- Milk albumin, including concentrates of whey proteins (3502.20): $355,917,000 – up 6% from 2019
- Lactose (1702.11): $317,326,000 – up 10% from 2019
- Infant formula (1901.10): $292,813,000 – down 6% from 2019
Other key findings in the report include:
- Nearly half of companies still use paper and/or spreadsheets to document and manage training programs.
- Companies using a learning management system (LMS) provide 30% more training refreshers and reinforcement.
- Companies using interactive audience response training technology are 58% more likely to verify if a specific employee understood their training.
Nearly a third of leaders surveyed believe productivity can rise by at least 50% if workers follow workplace safety programs consistently.
OTTAWA — According to Precedence Research, the global food safety testing market size was valued at $17.43 billion in 2019 and will expand to more than $32.21 billion by 2027.
Food safety testing is a technical process that involves production, management and storage of food items to inhibit foodborne illnesses. It is achieved to administer the quality of food items and avoid undesirable incidents of food borne infections, poisoning and toxicity. Food safety regulations have been executed firmly on account of swelling cases of food adulteration and poisoning. Testing of food is imperative and essential to authenticate that food safety controls are vigorously involved, and in specific situations, can even serve as precautionary measures. The upsurge in global food production influences the development of the food safety testing market, with cumulative numbers of food safety controls in every stage from raw material procurement until the food items approach customers, who seek for accredited certification when they procure food items to safeguard the safety of food.
- Escalating sale of processed and packaged food in developing and developed nations
- Intensifying need for quality tests for unprocessed and processed meats
- Upsurge in the frequencies of foodborne infections that have led to the employment of stern food safety regulations
Increasing the fruits and vegetables testing demand
Europe occupied prevalent revenue share in the global food safety testing market with more than 35.3% share in 2020. High pervasiveness of food-related aversions amongst users in the region is anticipated to lead to an amplified confidence on safety testing measures. Likewise, implementation of rigorous regulatory standards in the region is anticipated to lead to enormous market revenue in the region. Further, Asia Pacific is projected to list notable gains due to attempts commenced by concerned agencies concerning the safety of eatable items. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India capitalized about $72.3 million to reinforce food testing infrastructure, which is similarly estimated to trigger the growth of food testing market in this economy.
Many manufacturers in the marketplace are concentrating on preparing for the growing requirements of the consumers, such as improving the quality shelf life of beverages such as energy drinks, soft drinks and fruit juices. Also, progression in the usage of concentrates and preservatives in milk and milk products is likely to result in augmented safety testing measures.