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FDA readies to begin tests for pesticides in food products

BY Alaric DeArment

FOSTER CITY, Calif. The Food and Drug Administration has purchased seven machines that test for harmful pesticides in the food supply, the company that makes the machines announced Monday.

Applied Biosystems said the FDA had purchased its 4000 QTRAP systems, specialized mass spectrometers that detect trace levels of contaminants by analyzing compounds based in their molecular composition.

“The government’s efforts to increase food safety are directly impacted by the accuracy and reproducibility of the scientific information used to conduct the critical analysis that determines whether food is contaminated and a threat to the health of the general public,” said Laura Lauman, president of Applied Biosystems’ proteomics and small molecule division.

The machines will be installed at FDA field offices in Jefferson, Ark., Irvine, Calif., Lenexa, Kan., Jamaica, N.Y., College Park, Md., Bothell, Wash., and Atlanta.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group names new chief marketing officer, other shifts in management

BY Jenna Duncan

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group has announced a change to its managerial lineup; former senior vice president of marketing Jim Trebilcock has been bumped to the position of chief marketing officer, the company has said. Other management adjustments have also been made in the course of a wider reorganization effort, according to reports. Trebilcock, a 21-year veteran, will now report to president and chief executive officer Larry Young.

In other moves, former executive vice president of marketing and research and development, Randy Gier, has parted from the company; Rodger Collins assumes the lead of DPS’ finished-goods business; Mexico and Caribbean divisions president, Pedro Herran, will now also take on heading corporate strategy; and vice president of corporate communications Tina Barry will also take on a new corporate affairs role. Other management moves also will effect supply chain operations and other marketing divisions.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group currently ranks as No. 3 in the U.S. carbonated soft drink business, following Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo. Reports have stated that DPS’ annual sales total around $5.7 billion.

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Authorities say Chinese government was warned about food production standards

BY Jenna Duncan

SHIJIAZHUANG, China Chinese authorities have said that the country’s food producers as well as bureaucrats had plenty of warnings about poor safety and quality standards in food and drug production, but failed to respond before milk contaminated with an industry additive called melamine was used in products such as baby formula and candy, The New York Times today reported.

China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao had promised about a year ago to initiate a nationwide review of safety standard for food, drug and other consumables made in China to assure that regulations were kept and safety standard maintained, reports said. Additionally, the Chinese government put $1.1 billion towards inspecting food and drug production companies and assigned 300,000 inspectors

Prime Minister Wen publically apologized for the release of the tainted baby formula to market which has so far led to 53,000 reports of children getting sick and at least three deaths. Analysts have also said that the scandal has devastated the dairy industry in China, according to reports.

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