IN BRIEF – for Jul. 19, 2010

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More toxic milk in China

Chinese authorities seized 64 tonnes of milk powder and products laced with the same deadly toxic additive that sparked an uproar in 2008, officials and state media said, underscoring the persistence of food safety breaches.

Samples of milk powder found in northwest China’s Gansu and Qinghai provinces had levels of the chemical melamine up to 500 times the permitted limit, and suspected tainted powder also turned up in the country’s northeast, said a report from the Xinhua news agency on July 9. – Reuters

Broughton continues as AFC chair

Donalda-area producer Heather Broughton was recently elected as the first chair of the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC) under its new structure.

Broughton was first elected to Council in 2006, and served as its last chair under AFC’s previous configuration, which had a limited number of members.

The new nine-member board also includes: Larry Malazdrewicz of Calgary, vice-chair; David Anderson of Calgary, secretary treasurer; Amber Havens of Fairview; Todd McKinnon of Airdrie; Leo Meyer of Woking; Shelley Morrison of DeBolt; Sharon Mueller of Barrhead; and Sheri Strydhorst of Leduc.

CFIA head gets another job

Dr. Brian Evans, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s chief veterinary officer is now also its chief food safety officer. The agency says the new role brings a more holistic approach to food safety.

“With a view to ensuring integration and excellence across the CFIA’s three business lines, the CF SO will reach out to a broader domestic and international stakeholder community to define an integrated strategy that clearly reflects the interdependence of public health, food safety, animals, and plants,” the CFIA says in a release.

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