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Is it Safe to Eat? Is it Safe to Eat? Assuring a Safe & Wholesome Assuring a Safe & Wholesome Food Supply Food Supply By Robert B. Gravani, Ph.D. Department of Food Science Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14850
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Food Safety Issues Animal Agriculture Global anxiety about AI BSE concerns Animal health & welfare Food Defense Bioterrorism Potential for catastrophic events Risk Communication
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Food Safety Issues Microbiological Hazards Meat & Poultry recalls Produce outbreaks “Organism of the week” Food Allergens & Sensitivities Increase in food allergic consumers Undeclared food allergens Increased media attention
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183 people in 18 states confirmed ill with Salmonellosis traced to contaminated tomatoes 204 people ill with E. coli O157:H7, 3 deaths in 26 states
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Peanut Butter Outbreak Peanut Butter Outbreak 425 people ill in 44 states 48 cases in New York 71 (20%) hospitalized, no deaths Onset dates: 8/1/06 – 2/16/07 Peanut butter distributed nationwide & to > 60 countries
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Tomato/Jalapeno/Serrano Pepper Tomato/Jalapeno/Serrano Pepper Outbreak Outbreak FDA & CDC focused on clusters of illnesses Pointed to tomatoes as the food that caused 1442 people to become ill and 286 hospitalized with Salmonella Saintpaul Later investigation revealed that Serrano peppers from Mexico were the culprit
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Food Safety Issues Food Biotechnology Consumer food safety perceptions Food from cloned animals International implications Nanotechnology Innovative food applications Backlash similar to biotech concerns
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Food Safety Issues Imported Foods & Ingredients Illegal imports/ Smuggled foods Adulterated products Validity of specifications Third Party Audits International implications
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Chinese Milk Issue > 50,000 people sickened by milk & milk products contaminated with melamine ~ 6,200 infants ill and 4 have died after being fed melamine contaminated baby formula Economic adulteration that has had significant safety ramifications
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2007 FMI Consumer Survey 2007 FMI Consumer Survey Online survey ~1200 respondents Age 15 or older Responsibility for grocery shopping Shopped for groceries within the last two weeks
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Consumer Confidence in Food Safety 2007
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