WALTHAM, Mass. — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has activated its global Food Safety Response Center, located in Dreieich, Germany, according to a press release.
The activation follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement on Jan. 10, 2012, that it will begin testing shipments of imported orange juice from all over the world for the fungicide carbendazim.
Scientists at the Food Safety Response Center are working around the clock to develop a method for detecting carbendazim in orange juice. Once developed, the detection method will be made widely available to the food testing industry.
“Our Food Safety Respond Center is activated when we identify a credible food-related threat anywhere in the world,” said Vincent Paez, director of food safety at Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Now that the threat is known, our scientists are working to develop a new analytical method for detecting carbendazim in fruits so that the industry can respond as quickly as possible.”