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Singing about foodborne pathogens is "Weird"

With the release of his

With his latest single, comedy genius "Weird Al" Yankovic has accomplished what is likely an industry first: climbing to the top of the charts with a song about foodborne pathogens.

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Cinnamon found to control non-O157 E.coli STEC

Cinnamomum cassia oil has the potential to be used as a natural antibacterial agent to control non-O157 STECs in food, according to Washington State University scientists.

PHE updates Campylobacter and Salmonella methods guidance

Public Health England (PHE) has published standard methods for the detection and enumeration of Campylobacter and Salmonella species.

China

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare

Allegations concerning the sale of expired meat by American-owned Shanghai Husi Food to the Chinese operations of McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut have forced the fast food chains to suspend orders while the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration investigates.

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Sysco penalized $19.4m for unrefrigerated food storage from FoodProductionDaily.com

Food distribution giant Sysco has been ordered to pay nearly $20m in restitution for keeping perishable food in unrefrigerated storage.

New Zealand

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and NGO leaders.

Yowie lays US distribution nest egg from ConfectioneryNews.com

Toy-filled chocolate egg firm the Yowie Group has secured US distribution with large C-store chain Valero Corner Store.

Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO from NutraIngredients.com

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food Ingredients since 2010.

Philippine food major buys New Zealand snack firm Griffin’s from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has snapped up New Zealand snack giant Griffin’s Foods for NZ$700m ($606.6m) in a move it says should bolster its presence in the Asian snack sector.

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Continuing to learn lessons from 'biggest incident' - FSA

FSA: Horse meat was biggest incident in our history

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the horse meat incident dominated last year and it is...

FQN puts industry topics under the microscope in 2014
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FQN puts industry topics under the microscope in 2014

Product Inspection systems and Sanitation have been chosen as the two foundation topics to launch FoodQualityNews’s special...

Accelerate investigation of foodborne disease outbreaks
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IBM creates system to speed up outbreak investigations

A system that combines retail data with public health case reports could speed up outbreak investigations and...

QC Laboratories selects Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Prep Automation Solution
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QCL automates thanks to Bio-Rad’s pathogen detection system

QC Laboratories has installed Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Prep Automation Solution for detecting foodborne pathogens.

Eurofins, Danone, Walmart help create food fraud mitigation measures

GFSI to require food fraud mitigation requirements

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) will include requirements specific to food fraud mitigation in its guidance...

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