August 2014

Perspectives on Food Safety: A Conversation with Markus Lipp

An expert's perspective on food safety

Food integrity means different things to different people. For consumers, their only question might be: "Is this food safe for me to eat?" For manufacturers, their concerns have to do with building and sustaining consumer trust. In the first of a series on food issues, USP Director of Food Ingredients, Markus Lipp, shares his insights about food integrity and USP’s role in maintaining it.

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Who’s Behind U.S. Standards for Medicine and Food Quality

Food experts wanted

USP recruits expert volunteers during a call for candidates for its 2015-2020 cycle.

 

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PharmaChk: An Easy-to-Use Tool for Detecting Poor-Quality Medicine

A tool used for detecting the quality of medicine

PharmaChk, a user-friendly medicine quality detection device, is generating positive outcomes in field testing.  Dr. Kennedy Chibwe, senior manager of the Promoting the Quality of Medicines program, explains how this technology may revolutionize the fight against counterfeit and substandard medicines in developing nations.

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What’s in your energy drink? Even manufacturers may not know!

Consumers don't always know what goes in their foods and beverages

In this posting we explore the potentially-adverse health implications of mystery ingredients, and encourage manufacturers and consumers to get serious about ingredient accountability. USP senior scientific liaison Dr. Carla Mejia reveals that sometimes not even the manufacturer knows what’s in the products they sell.  

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The Cost of Poor Quality Medicine and Foods

Organizations that help to keep medicine supply safe

Here in the United States, we enjoy one of the safest drug and food supplies in the world. It is a huge accomplishment, and the result of a vast safety net created by the coordinated efforts of multiple government agencies, health organizations, industry and non-profits. This article explains the role they play in ensuring that drug, drug ingredients, dietary supplements and food ingredients sold in the U.S. can be safely consumed.

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Do You Find Prescription Labels Hard to Read? You Are Not Alone

Many Americans find prescription labels hard to read

Each year, over a million Americans experience a health problem because they find their prescription labels difficult to read or understand. This article explores some of the common mistakes patients make when taking their medicines, and offers patient centered guidelines to help standardize and simplify prescription label information.

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