New report: USDA tests foods on their potential impact on human health
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s testing a new food-safety test designed to assess the potential for human exposure to potentially harmful foods, and it’s taking public comment for approval.
The test, called a Food Quality Monitoring System, or FQMS, is being tested in a lab at the Agriculture Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
It’s also being tested with a similar system, called the Food Risk Assessment Test.
The new system is being developed to monitor foods for food-borne contamination and food-specific risks.
The FQMSS tests food on its ability to detect foodborne pathogens, and the test is designed to detect the presence of food-related pathogens, including salmonella and E. coli.
USDA says it will test food from plants, livestock, poultry, fish, and eggs in the next week.
The agency says it is evaluating the FQMs results in the context of the risk assessment process for foods and is reviewing other data for further evaluation.
USDA spokesman Joe Nocera says USDA has tested food products for salmonellosis and E coli in the past and found that “a wide range of foods are safe for consumption, with only small differences in test results” based on the test results.
Noceria says the new test is being designed to provide consumers with a more complete picture of food safety and safety risk assessment than the previous test, which had a more limited test.
He says the FMSS system is designed for “sophisticated, highly trained food microbiologists to conduct tests in a controlled environment” and not to be used by the general public.
“These tests provide a snapshot of food that is being eaten and the potential to pose a risk to human health,” Nocia says.
The USDA says that testing is being conducted at locations that have already received food-industry-approved testing and that it expects to begin sampling food samples in a few weeks.
The Food Quality Management System (FFMS) is designed as a tool to evaluate the food safety of food in the United States, according to the USDA.
USDA has previously tested food from more than 1,500 farms in the U.K. and Germany, and its test has been widely used in other countries.
The system uses samples of foods and other environmental samples to measure foodborne contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, and other organisms.
USDA said it is continuing to test products from all sources to ensure that the FMS systems tests are consistent with USDA’s standards.
The department says it has tested nearly 50,000 food products from more then 1,400 different food products in the last year, and more than 3,500 tested positive for foodborne contamination.
Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing FQMFSS since January.
USDA also says it plans to release a study in the fall that looks at the FMQMS system’s use and whether it should be made available to consumers.
The study is being funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and USDA.