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November Scientific Publication Update Released

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

AMI released its November Scientific Publication Update, which lists articles of interest on topics related to food safety and quality, as well as health and wellness. Of note, research published in the Journal of Food Protection evaluated slow-cooking processes of whole-muscle meat roasts, finding near-complete elimination of Salmonella when samples were processed to an end-point temperature of 71.1 degrees Celsius. A second study published in the Journal of Food Protection examined the contamination patters of Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria spp. in retail delicatessen establishments, finding persistence of L. monocytogenes subtypes in some of the establishments. The researchers also found limited cross-contamination between non-food contact surfaces and food contact surfaces in some delis. The monthly update also featured articles discussing the implications of diet on human health and environmental sustainability. Specifically, a study in Nature advises minimizing dietary intake of meats, oils, refined sugars and refined fats in an effort to lower the incidence of chronic disease and reduce food production's impact on climate change. An editorial commenting on the Nature findings favors global dietary changes to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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