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Pepperidge Farm lowers sodium amounts in bread

BY Jenna Duncan

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. Pepperidge Farm has vowed to lower sodium levels in its bread and other baked goods, the company has announced. This follows a move by its parent company, Campbell, to extend production of healthier food options.

According to Pepperidge Farm, it has lowered sodium levels by around 25 percent in eight of its breads by using sea salt instead of iodized salts. The company is also testing low-sodium bagels in its Miami market.

In addition to new and up-coming low-sodium options, Pepperidge Farm has also added whole grain Goldfish crackers to its lineup of healthier snacks

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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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FDA selects contractors to lead IT, data systems management

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it had selected 10 contractors to receive a total of up to $2.5 billion for information technology and data center management services over the next 10 years.

The agency said the contract was a cornerstone of its Information Technology for the 21st Century bioinformatics initiative, a modernization program that includes data management, data warehousing, IT infrastructure and IT security.

“This contract sets the stage for the FDA to have IT to acquire, analyze and act on data critical for import protection, food protection and medical product safety plans,” commissioner of food and drugs Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach said. “We are creating a high-tech, efficient data-management system designed to meet the needs of those who must accomplish our mission‹protecting and promoting the health of the American public.”

Contracts worth at least $25,000 each went to Buccaneer, Computer Sciences Corporation, Dynanet, Electronic Data Systems, General Dynamics, Human Touch, IDL-Pragmatics, Interactive Technology Solutions, Telesis and Unisys.

 

Three companies have received task orders to design and migrate systems applications to new data centers, which the FDA said would be the cornerstone of its IT infrastructure and bioinformatics modernization for the next 10 years. IT Solutions received $3 million to design, implement and migrate existing FDA applications to the newly configured White Oak Data Center to support test and development applications; Buccaneer received $3 million to operate and maintain the data center; EDS received $12 million to design, implement and migrate applications to a “contractor owned, contractor operated” hosted data center for FDA production operations.

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