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FDA issues safety guidance for fresh-cut produce

first_img The types of products addressed by the guidelines include not only leafy greens, but also items such as shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, peeled baby carrots, cut melon, and sliced pineapple. The FDA guidance drew criticism from at least one member of Congress. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said in a press release today that the FDA’s guidelines maintain the status quo for the safety of fresh-cut produce. March 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released final guidance on voluntary food safety procedures for processors that handle fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, including ready-to-eat spinach and other leafy greens that have been the subject of recent national Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks. DeLauro, along with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in February renewed an effort to consolidate federal food safety oversight by reintroducing the proposed Safe Food Act. The 41-page document addresses five main areas: worker health and hygiene, training, buildings and equipment, sanitation operations, and production and processing controls. It also provides recommendations on recordkeeping, recalls, and product tracebacks. Nega Beru, PhD, director of CFSAN’s Office of Food Safety, told reporters that fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are the fastest-growing facet of the produce industry and that from 1996 to 2006, 25% of foodborne illness outbreaks were linked to the sector. He said the high degree of handling involved in harvesting, processing, and packaging fresh-cut produce places the products at high risk. See also: The document urges processors to institute risk-based food safety programs based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) model used by other food industry segments, according to an FDA press release. HACCP plans detail procedures for identifying points in food processing where contamination can occur and taking preventive steps. “At a time when the country is experiencing numerous foodborne outbreaks, and the industry is looking for the government’s help to repair their image, it is disappointing that the FDA issues a nonbinding, voluntary guidance document that does nothing and tells growers what they already know,” she stated.center_img Though the FDA has already issued “good manufacturing practice” regulations for the food industry, the new guidance document represents the first recommendations specifically for the fresh-cut produce industry, the FDA said. The final guidelines incorporate feedback provided by stakeholders after the initial draft was released in March 2006. Editor’s note: This story was revised Mar 13 to list the correct title for Nega Beru, PhD, director of the Office of Food Safety in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Mar 12 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108865.htm Beru said the guidelines urge fresh-cut fruit and vegetable processors to ensure that growers are following good agricultural processes. FDA guidance for fresh-cut fruits and vegetableshttp://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/ProducePlantProducts/ucm064458.htm “The main focus is on prevention, and it’s important to take a scientific, risk-based approach,” said David Acheson, MD, director of the office of Food Defense, Communication, and Emergency Response at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), at an FDA press conference today. “There’s a clear need to better understand how and why contamination gets onto fresh produce and how to prevent that.” Mar 3, 2006, CIDRAP News story “FDA offers guidance to make fresh-cut produce safer”last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 9

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionUnwanted gifts can hurt environmentDid you know that many perfectly good returned online products are actually sent directly to landfills instead of being repackaged for sale?Due to the ease of free online returns, we’re tempted to buy more than needed and then return the wrong sizes, etc.The problem is the companies then need to inspect the item for potential damage, and it’s cheaper to just throw the item away than foot the bill for inspecting the product.Did you spill on it? Did you wrinkle it? Is there hidden damage? It’s easier just to trash the item than to actually put it back on shelves.Reports in France and Germany, for example, show new items, including diapers, toys, washing machines, smartphones and furniture, are simply being destroyed.Some of the European countries are now working on banning the destruction of unsold goods.So what can we do? Be a smart consumer. Look at the company you’re supporting. How do they handle returned merchandise? Talk to them. Companies listen to their customers. Encourage them to donate and recycle returns.Some companies such as Best Buy, Dell, and REI actually sell refurbished and returned goods deeply discounted. Rethink how much you purchase. Do we need so much “stuff?” Donate or swap items instead of sending them back to the retailer. Items can find a way to a good home instead of a landfill this way.Caroline BrooksScotiaLove doesn’t justify assisting in murderIn response to Jill McGrath’s Dec. 26 letter (“Don’t discount love in assisted suicides”), my response is that her ex-husband would not qualify under the pending bill because he can no longer freely choose suicide. The legislation would have to be expanded to allow another person to request his suicide.For any person to request death for another is akin to contract murder, and the bill title should first be changed from physician-assisted suicide to physician-assisted murder.As a young child, I lived under a dictator who instigated the killing of millions of people in order to cure what he perceived to be societal ills. This must never, ever happen again. Yet, in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lauded abortion expansion act does exactly the same: one person can decide the killing of another innocent human life.Love of a terminally suffering person can never justify the act of killing him. The correct response is to provide care and pain-killing medicines to alleviate the pain.For heaven’s sake, we are talking about a human being here, not an injured horse being put down at the Saratoga Race Course.Wendell NeugebauerBallston SpaHonesty needed in recalling of historyKaren Cookson’s Dec. 29 essay raises the question of what making America great should look like. But I am afraid her praise of a pre-Colombian world doesn’t quite work.She describes a peaceful paradise where natives lived in harmony with nature. Nice, except any Comanche raider or warrior in the Aztec, Mayan or Inca empires would laugh at the idea of a peaceful world.Cookson asserts “once our world was at peace, rich and clean and we could ahead to a good life.” Well, no. Until a century ago, we could look forward to short, impoverished disease-filled lives with high infant mortality, famines and no way to deal with natural disasters. Living “in harmony with nature” largely means being at the mercy of nature.It helps to be honest about the past we want to recapture.David OchsePorter CornersMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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OGA Greenlights Serica’s Columbus Field Development Plan

first_imgSerica Energy’s Columbus Field Development Plan (FDP) has received approval from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).The Columbus Development is located in Blocks 23/16f and 23/21a Columbus sub area in the UKCS Central North Sea. The development area will be drained by a single well, which will be connected to the recently approved Arran-Shearwater pipeline, through which Columbus production will be exported along with Arran field production.When the production reaches the Shearwater platform facilities, it will be separated into gas and liquids and exported to terminals onshore. Columbus development timing is dependent on the Arran-Shearwater pipeline being tied into the Shearwater platform in Q3 2020. Columbus start-up is targeted for mid-2021.OGA approval of the FDP was subject to a number of statutory requirements, including the submission of an Environmental Statement, which was approved by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy at the beginning of October.Serica is operator of the Columbus Development with a 50% interest, while other participants, EOG Resources United Kingdom Limited and Endeavour Energy UK Limited, each hold a 25% interest.Mitch Flegg, chief executive of Serica Energy, said: “I am delighted that Serica and its partners are able to announce that development and production consent has been received for Columbus. The project team have worked closely with the OGA and the host infrastructure owners since the Field Development Plan was submitted in June 2018 to achieve this successful outcome. The development is important in its own right and will also enhance our understanding of nearby exploration acreage which was secured by Serica in the UK 30th Licence Round.”Andy Samuel, chief executive, Oil and Gas Authority, added: “We are pleased with the decision by Serica and partners, EOG Resources and Endeavour Energy, to proceed with their investment in the Columbus development. Columbus is the final component of the OGA’s Central Graben Area Plan, which also included the recently sanctioned Fram and Arran fields, unlocking over 50 million boe recoverable reserves which had struggled for decades to be developed.“It is good to see how the industry has collaborated on many fronts to deliver additional value as part of our Maximising Economic Recovery in the UK agenda and we look forward to Columbus delivering first hydrocarbons in 2021.”Peak production from the field is expected to be 7,800 gross barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day. Best Estimate Gross (2C) Contingent Resources have been calculated to be 13.4 million boe.last_img read more

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PHOTO Update: Chehalis Revetment Work Underway

first_imgThis U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project is being accomplished in coordination with the Port of Grays Harbor. The system is designed to provide protection of the coast line from strong and dynamic coastal wave action. S.E.A. Construction LLC crew is currently repairing the Chehalis Revetment near Westport, Washington, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Seattle District said in their latest announcement. center_img The Point Chehalis Revetment is a system of 3,100 feet of armor stone revetment and six groins. last_img read more

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Health Ministry adopts new model to improve care of people with CNCD’s

first_img Share 18 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Health Ministry adopts new model to improve care of people with CNCD’s by: – May 17, 2012center_img Share Tweet The Ministry of health is hoping to adopt a Chronic Care Model Project as part of its campaign in addressing chronic non-communicable diseases or CNCD’s in Dominica.The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is providing technical support to the island in implementing this project.On Wednesday May 16, 2012 the Health Promotion Unit and the PAHO staged a one day workshop which provided health care providers with current information on CNCD’S and how they could improve the quality of care provided to people with CNCD’s. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Helen Royer described the workshop as useful.“It is important to note that self management and empowerment of people with chronic diseases are the key factors for success in service development.” Royer stressed however that in order for patients to play their role health care providers must constantly provide basic information about their disease.The Health official noted that promoting the development of self monitoring skills and encouraging members of the health team, family, friends and community members is important.She said this will assist in allowing patients to feel confident in the self monitoring and self management process.The Ministry of Health is hoping that with the adoption of this Chronic care model it will better serve people with CNCD’S especially those with disabilities to facilitate their integration into the community and to empower them to become more responsible.The Government of Dominica through its Health Ministry has taken active efforts in development of community based care services through the primary care health system for people with chronic problems. Recently the Ministry of health launched its CNCD policy draft and commenced work on the strategic Plan for CNCD’s which seeks to give special attention to many of the components highlighted in this chronic care model project.Helen Royer said “by adopting this model, Dominica will be joining countries around the world that have already initiated this project and will be consistent with the International standards that have been set”.“This will provide Dominicans with a chronic care passport which will assist in keeping track of health problems and taking the necessary actions to address them…Royer said. The Health official emphasized that while much has been achieved there still remains much more to be done to maintain high standards for care in Dominica.Wednesday’s workshop was facilitated by Advisor on Chronic Disease and Mental Health at PAHO Dr.Tomo Kanda who will work with Dominica on this project for the next eighteen months.Last year five countries in the Caribbean including Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, St.Lucia and Anguilla conducted a similar project.By: Tarnia GreenGovernment Information Servicelast_img read more

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Honeymoon Couple Falls in Love with St. Kitts

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Honeymoon Couple Falls in Love with St. Kitts by: – July 3, 2012center_img Tweet 16 Views   no discussions The newlywed couple, Tricialouise and John, at the top of Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park while enjoying their honeymoon on St. Kitts.Basseterre, St. Kitts (July 3, 2012) – St. Kitts is being praised as an ideal place to honeymoon by the couple who married in a public ceremony at the Caribbean Fair at Grand Central Station on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, as part of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s annual Caribbean Week in New York, June 4 to 9. Having recently returned from their honeymoon on St. Kitts, their comments reinforce the island’s emerging reputation as a premiere destination for wedding, honeymoon and romance travel. Groom John Millard said, “After just a short visit, the people, the culture, the music and the beauty of St. Kitts have become a part of me that I’ll always treasure and which longs to return.”Tricialouise Gurley, now Mrs. John Millard, added, “Winning our beautiful cake and our breathtaking honeymoon from St. Kitts is a gift that we will always cherish. We were able to end our prefect wedding with a taste of St. Kitts and begin our ever after walking on the warm sand of St. Kitts as the sun set. We fell in love with the island and again with each other.” Highlighting the destination to the key wedding and honeymoon niche market in the metropolitan New York region, St. Kitts donated a honeymoon and wedding cake to the couple, Mr. John Gordon Andre Millard and Ms. Tricialouise Gurley, in celebration of their nuptials as part of Caribbean Week in New York activities for 2012. As a result of the island’s partnering with American Airlines, the couple received two business class tickets to St. Kitts in addition to a four-night stay at the St. Kitts Marriott, provided courtesy of the resort. The St. Kitts Marriott also provided complimentary spa treatments at the Emerald Mist Spa to the couple. St. Kitts’ own Brinley Gold Rum provided rum and MarryCaribbean.com organized the wedding. Most recently, the destination ranked #3 on a list of the 10 Best Islands in the World by US News & World Report following its ranking as #1 on the publication’s list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations in summer 2011. On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC. It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways. Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. Press Releaselast_img read more

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2 generals still playing with drugs – Duterte

first_imgMeanwhile, the Senate is investigatingthe alleged recycling of drugs bared by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino. “Well, I told you do not destroy mycountry because it is being flooded with drugs,” he added. Duterte, in a speech at the Valdai Forumin Russia on Thursday, warned the two “not destroy my country” as he did notelaborate whether they were from the police or the military. “When I took over, I found out aboutnine generals (who) were involved in the trafficking of drugs,” Duterte said.“And right now, even as I fly here and go back, there are again about twogenerals who are still playing with drugs.”   MANILA – As the issue about “ninjacops” continues, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed two “generals” remainedengaged in illegal drug trade.      center_img President Rodrigo Duterte. GMA NETWORK Former PNP-Criminal Investigation andDetection Group chief and now Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong alleged thatAlbayalde asked Aquino, then-PNP Region 3 director, not to implement thedismissal order, which Albayalde denied./PN In the said probe, outgoing PhilippineNational Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde allegedly attempted to intervene inthe case of 13 supposed “ninja cops,” who violated various operation proceduresin a drug bust in 2013.  last_img read more

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Local Educators To Instruct Students In China

first_imgSummer break provides an opportunity for students and teachers to relax and take a vacation. While the beach or the mountains would be suitable for most, seven local educators will travel to China.The trip isn’t a vacation, but an opportunity to teach English to students while gaining a first-hand account of education from a different perspective.The educators will be teaching English as a summer school course at the University of Science and Technology Beijing.The students will be matriculating as freshman at the university or at associated universities throughout the country. Students were selected by test scores and their tuition is financed by the Chinese government.Five Batesville Middle School teachers will be traveling abroad including Alex Davis, language arts teacher; Eric Feller, math and computer teacher; Karen Salvitti, 6th grade teacher; Lisa Horn, 6th grade teacher; and Grace Kontour, art teacher.Batesville Schools Director of Student Learning Melisa Burton and Greensburg teacher Nicole Batta will also travel to China.“It is a great opportunity for me personally to experience another culture, but also for the school corporation for me to gain some knowledge of what life is like in China and in China schools,” said Melissa Burton. “I can bring that back and share that experience with our children.”The teachers will be delivering lectures on American culture and will facilitate discussion among the students in smaller groups throughout the fifteen days of the summer session. The school day ends at 3:00 p.m., so instructors will have time to explore Beijing.Lisa Horn said, “I have never been out of North America, and I am looking forward to traveling to China. What a great opportunity I am getting. I am looking forward to being immersed in the Chinese culture. Being able to see how Chinese students view and work in school is exciting. I will be able to bring back ideas for my students-and am hoping to come away with new information to share with my colleagues.”“I am a little nervous about the language and speaking with the students. However, after we get there and settled, I know that things will fall into place and the students and I will learn many things from each other,” she added.last_img read more

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Man Utd desire to conquer many titles in future – Fernandes

first_img In a message written specifically for his 2.6million Instagram followers, Fernandes expresses his disappointment but also looks forward to achieving new aims. “Unfortunately our journey in the Europa League ends here,” writes Bruno to his fans. “It wasn’t what we expected. We wanted to be in the final and fight for the trophy we so desired. Whilst we congratulate Sevilla for making it to the final, we still played well and we didn’t deserve to stop here. read also:Europa League: Why Man Utd failed against Sevilla – Fernandes “It is now time for rest and to reflect so that we come back even stronger and reach the goals we set ourselves for the next season! “Thank you to all my team-mates and staff who welcomed me so well over these past months at the Red Devils. I hope to continue to learn and grow every day with you, and that we may conquer many titles in the future. Together we lose, together we make mistakes and together we grow.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Bruno Fernandes has posted a message to Manchester United fans around the world after completing his first season as a Red, expressing a desire to “conquer many titles in the future”. The Portuguese playmaker has made a sensational impact on the club since joining from Sporting in late January and is clearly already one of the most popular players for supporters. That is thanks to the incredible influence that Bruno has had on our overall form, having played a crucial role in driving the Reds up the Premier League table to secure a third-placed finish. Fernandes was also instrumental in United reaching the Emirates FA Cup and UEFA Europa League semi-finals, and he finished the term with 12 goals from 22 appearances across all competitions. Bruno reached a dozen goals during Sunday’s European tie against Sevilla and, like all of his Reds team-mates, the no.18 was devastated to lose 2-1, after dominating so much of the match.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresses9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different Actors7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

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16 teams qualify for Zenith Bank conference playoffs

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Sixteen teams have qualified for the National Conference Phase of the 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League after the conclusion of the group games across four venues. Nigerian Army Amazons, who remained unbeaten after 12 games in the North West Division, booked a place in the Savannah Conference alongside Kaduna Angels that finished with 22 points Taraba Hurricanes with seven wins out of 12 games also qualified with Adamawa Flames who managed six wins. In the North Central Division held in Abuja, Air Warriors with 13 wins from 14 games topped the group to book a conference playoff ticket. The 2018 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League bronze medalist, Nigerian Customs, finished second with 13 wins after losing to Air Warriors on head to head points. Others include Plateau Rocks and Black Gold Queens of Abuja who won 10 and eight games respectively. In the South West Division in Ibadan, unbeaten First Bank of Lagos, who won all their eight games to finish first ahead of rivals, Dolphins, who won six games, both qualified. Ogun Babes and Oluyole Babes also booked places in the Atlantic Conference. In Akure, MFM of Lagos were unstoppable as they won all their 10 games to qualify for the Conference phase of the 2019 Zenith Bank sponsored Women’s Basketball League. It was a fierce battle between Sunshine Angels of Akure and Delta Force as they both won six games and lost four each to finish on 16 points. Sunshine Angels however edged out their Asaba counterparts on superior head to head indices to finish on the second spot. Lagos-based IGP Queens finished fourth to pick the last ticket from the zone ahead of 2017 league finalists, First Deep Waters. The new format, which was recently introduced by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, is targeted at increasing the number of games to be played per season. Dates and venues for the Savannah and Atlantic Conferences of the 2019 Zenith Bank sponsored Women’s Basketball League will be announced in the coming days.Tags: 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball LeagueKaduna AngelsNigerian Army Amazonslast_img read more

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