Listeria breakout in Ohio ice cream plant, Hemp approved

Listeria breakout in Ohio ice cream plant, Hemp approved

By Matt Sabas   

Five things to remember this week:

1. KFC unveils fried chicken-scented sunscreen. KFC’s recently released fried chicken-scented sunscreen sold out quickly. According to USA Today, “Some 3,000 tubes of fried chicken-scented sunscreen were snapped up in two hours Monday in a promotion for KFC’s extra-crispy recipe, officials said.”

2. CFTC approves exchange for hemp derivatives. “The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved the first exchange for hemp derivatives when it allowed Seed SEF to register a swap execution facility, a trading platform,” reports Gabriel Rubin of the Wall Street Journal. “Since 2014, the federal government has allowed the cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes and 30 states have passed legislation related to industrial hemp, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But the Drug Enforcement Administration still includes industrial hemp in its schedule of controlled substances along with marijuana, presenting legal risks to those who grow and sell it unless they are licensed by their states.”

3. Monsanto withdraws request to have next generation of seeds approved in India. Monsanto will no longer seek approval for its next generation GM seeds in India, reports Reuters. “ The unprecedented decision to pull the application, which has not previously been reported, could set back Monsanto’s efforts to introduce its new seed, called Bollgard II Roundup Ready Flex technology, for years and lead to further losses. It will also ratchet up pressure on the Indian government, as it undermines Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to make the country look more attractive to foreign investors. It could also hurt Indian cotton farmers.”

4. Listeria breakout in Jeni’s Ohio ice cream plant. The FDA has published a letter noting that Jeni’s Ohio ice cream plant has been found to have listeria.“Two of the 75 environmental samples collected there on Jan. 26 were positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to an Aug. 9 warning letter that FDA posted on Wednesday. The positive samples were taken from the floor of the prep room and the floor of the wash room around a drain, FDA’s letter stated. Analysis using whole-genome sequencing showed it was the same strain of Listeria found in April 2015 at both the Columbus facility and in a finished product sample of ice cream.”

 5. The Sugar Association hits back on AHA’s new added sugar recommendations. The Sugar Association released a statement in response to the American Heart Association’s new sugar guidelines for children between 2 and 18. “The release of the AHA’s scientific statement on added sugars and kids is baffling,” the statement read. “In a year where both the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food and Drug Administration’s final labeling rule issued a 10% target for added sugars in an effort to provide Americans a tool to help build a healthy diet, the AHA. is releasing their own vastly different recommendations.”

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