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Period: October 27, 2012 to March 2, 2013
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Limiting Exposure To Harmful Synthetic Chemicals May Be More Difficult Than We Thought

A U.S. study testing the levels of chemical contaminants in the urine of two groups of families, found that exposure to the chemicals may go far beyond what scientists have assumed. Even when participants consumed only organic foods prepared and stored in non-plastic containers, exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates was significant. Previous studies have shown that phthalates and bisphenol A disrupt the endocrine systems of animals and humans and cause other health problems such as hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression in girls. "Current information we give families” – on plastic bottle labels and personal care products – “may not be enough to reduce exposures," said the lead author on the study.

"Unexpected results in a randomized dietary trial to reduce phthalate and bisphenol A exposures", Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, February 27, 2013

Food Authorities In The U.K. Begin Testing For Meat Products Contaminated With Horsemeat

As the horsemeat scandal continues to rock Europe, Nestlé announced that tests on nine processed beef products available in the U.K. – including products from the Jenny Craig weight-loss brand – had found no equine contamination. The company had earlier withdrawn beef and pasta products in Italy, Spain and France because it found traces of horsemeat. Meanwhile, the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it will launch DNA testing next week of beef-based foods sold pre-packed or loose, including sandwiches, beef dripping, stock cubes, steak, stewing steak and ready meals that contain beef that is not minced. Officials in Parliament said various meat-based dishes had been withdrawn from eateries used by members, peers and staff.

"Nestlé UK products test negative for horsemeat", The Guardian, February 19, 2013

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Nestlé Pulls Beef Products With Horse DNA From Italy, Spain, And France

Nestlé SA withdrew some of its beef pasta meals from the market in Italy, Spain, and France after traces of horse DNA were found in these products. More than 1 percent horse DNA was found in two products following tests, the company said. Nestlé also said it was putting on hold deliveries of finished products using beef supplied by JBS Toledo N.V.'s subcontractor H.J. Schypke. Also, the company said these products posed no food safety risks and that the withdrawals would not impact the company's financial performance.

"Nestlé Pulls Products After Horse Traces Found", Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2013

FSA Tests Show More Than 1 Percent Of Beef Products In UK Positive For Horse Meat

More than 1 percent of beef products tested were found positive for the presence of undeclared horse meat, according to the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency. Results of the tests conducted as of February 15, 2013, also revealed the positive results were related to seven products already reported and dealt with, the FSA also said. All products that have been found positive for horse DNA tested negative for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone. Local authorities were also instructed by the FSA to conduct testing of meat products, as well as inspections of relevant meat processing plants and other food businesses across the country.

"FSA publishes industry test results on beef products", Food Standards Agency, February 15, 2013

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