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FDA increases cilantro sampling after Cyclospora illnesses

Investigations are ongoing in other states as cilantro was linked to illnesses in Texas

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased surveillance sampling on cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico after it was linked to 133 cases of Cyclospora in Texas.

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Agilent: We broke industry habit with redesigned ion source

Agilent Technologies has said its 7010 Triple Quadrupole GC/MS System required breaking the industry habit when redesigning the ion source.

Irradiation backed as study reveals food safety practice concerns

An expert in consumer behavior and food science has backed the use of irradiation after a study found consumers do not follow recommended food safety practices in preparing meals at home.

NMR potential to tackle tomato food fraud

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) profiling could help determine between organic and conventional tomatoes to prevent food fraud, according to researchers.  

DuPont fined $1.3m for pollution violations

DuPont has been fined $1.275m for eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and January 2010 in West Virginia.

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China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Chinese regulators’ have been hailed by an American industry representative for showing great “openness” following a multipartite discussion on the country’s new draft food safety law. 

Edible food packaging, funny designs and unexpected materials

Tetra Pak: 5 Global Emerging Trends from FoodProductionDaily.com

Tetra Pak analysts Anna Larsson, Bettina Scatamachia and Kristina de Verdier look at five global emerging trends – and what this means for food packaging. 

Hershey defends Reese’s and York in trademark war from ConfectioneryNews.com

Hershey has filed a lawsuit against LBB Imports accusing it of infringing multiple trademarks on products such as Reese’s and York by importing similar brands into the US such as Toffee Crisp and Yorkie.

Weston Milling and AB Mauri merge in Australia from BakeryAndSnacks.com

George Weston Foods’ Weston Milling will merge with AB Mauri Australia/New Zealand to form a large bakery ingredients business across the region.

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ECDC and EFSA report on Salmonella outbreak from eggs

Contaminated eggs ‘no longer on market’

Eggs from Bavaria linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people are believed to...

FQN puts industry topics under the microscope in 2014
What's on our calendar in 2014

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...

3M celebrates three decades of Petrifilm Plates

Make a wish! 3M Petrifilm Plates marks 30 years

Increased technical efficiency, plate reader accuracy, one step confirmation and dual indicator potential are some of the...

Bacillus strain found in Mars Chocolate drink

Consumer complaint prompted Mars drinks recall

A consumer complaint prompted Mars Chocolate Drinks to recall a variety of its products because of fears they...

Listeria linked to 13 deaths and 24 illnesses in Denmark

DVFA: Not all companies complied with Listeria recall

Around 40 companies have not fully complied with the recall of products tainted by Listeria linked to...