Questions and Answers About Labeling of Milk Products Containing Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rbST)
Food animal production is an important part of agriculture. It includes beef, dairy, poultry, and pork. Advances in animal breeding, genetics, and health have increased the quality, safety and quantity of animal protein available to consumers, an important source of protein in the human diet.
With an ever-growing global population and rising food prices, the task of feeding the world is going to become more challenging and is just one reason to capitalize on the benefits of biotechnology. Food biotechnology can help us meet this challenge. Use of biotech plants can produce more food on less land, by reducing the amount of crops lost to disease and pests.
Since its introduction to food production in the early 1990s, food biotechnology has helped to produce better tasting, fresher foods, protect the environment, and provide greater crop yields. In the future, biotechnology may help keep food safe to eat, help farmers grow more food on less land, and provide more healthful foods. Foods produced through biotechnology have been determined to be safe based on broad consensus among the scientific community coupled with a strong regulatory system invo
These resources cover a range of topics, including the basics and regulation of foods produced through biotechnology, the role of biotechnology in sustainable agriculture, potential benefits of food biotechnology, and the most-covered topics in animal agriculture.
Birds, like people, can have the flu. Avian influenza or bird flu was first identified over 100 years ago during an outbreak in Italy. Over the years, the disease has appeared from time to time in regions all over the world including the United States. Avian influenza spreads easily among wild birds, but it can also infect domesticated birds including chickens, turkeys and ducks. Left untreated, avian influenza can devastate an entire flock of chickens.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the safety of the low-calorie sweetener aspartame.
EFSA's scientific experts have drawn upon all available information on aspartame and its breakdown products and, following a detailed and methodical analysis, concluded in this draft opinion that aspartame poses no toxicity concern for consumers at current levels of exposure.
Dr. David R. Lineback discusses the safety of acrylamide and why you shouldn't be worried about it (especially if you take the proper precautions).
Low-calorie sweeteners (also sometimes referred to as artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes)provide consumers with a broad selection of safe, low-calorie, good-tasting foods, and offer a sweet alternative for people with diabetes (as well as those with a sweet tooth). They can also play a role in a weight management plan that incorporates healthful food choices and regular exercise.
By: Catherine Gensler, Food Science Undergraduate Student at University of Massachusetts, Amherst Date: 4/15/14
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To celebrate National Nutrition Month and the theme, "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," the IFIC Foundation filmed our very own taste test challenge. Take a look, think you would have passed?