[Vision2020] Fw:[Spam 4.00] IBM and Mars Team Up

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Subject: [Spam 4.00] IBM and Mars Team Up
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Date: 02/17/15 18:04:24

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Metagenomics Research Aims to Protect Food

 A collaboration between Mars Inc. and IBM will merge the skills of both companies to investigate the genetic fingerprints of bacteria, fungi, or viruses that are impacting the safety of the global food supply. This collaboration, called the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, was announced in January.


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A Single Food Safety Agency: Could It Work?

 In his 2016 budget plan, President Barack Obama proposed consolidating the food safety oversight now under the purview of the FDA and the Agriculture Department’s FSIS into a single new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency would direct food safety inspections, enforcement, applied research, and responses to food-poisoning outbreaks.

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BPA in Food Packaging Poses No Risk

 The European Food Safety Authority has determined that current levels of exposure to BPA pose no health risk to any population group, including pregnant women, the elderly, unborn children, infants, and adolescents. BPA is a chemical compound used in some polycarbonate plastic food contact materials, including metal can coatings and water bottles.
The Emerging Side of Functional Foods

The production/consumption of functional foods is gaining in popularity as they provide a health benefit beyond the basic nutritional functions. Currently, beverages are the most active functional food category because of convenience as well as ease of distribution and storage. However, specific concerns have been raised over their safety.
Importance of Certified Reference Materials

 Many food products are complex systems, it can be challenging to identify biological, chemical, and environmental adulterants, as well as discriminate between those that are harmful from those that are not harmful. Thus, the use of highly characterized, homogenous, authenticated control materials, such as certified reference materials, is imperative in food testing.
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