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Parnuts update for Scotland

The Scottish food watchdog has opened the doors for industry views on the imminent changes to the rules on 'parnuts' - foods for nutritional uses.

Restoring confidence: the task ahead

Two more cattle herds in Washington State, US were quarantined over the weekend as the number of animals linked to a cow infected with mad cow disease increased.

Europe safe from Avian 'flu, say experts

Across Europe, governments have been working flat out to calm public fears about the dangers posed by the current avian 'flu crisis in Asia. The EU does not import any...

BSE: food safety key to winning back business

In a bid to win back slashed beef sales, the FDA's head honcho will travel to Japan today to discuss recent events linked to the first case of mad cow...

BSE: FAO tells trading states to tighten controls

As the United States deals with the fallout from the first case of mad cow disease to hit the country, an international organisation warns countries to stay on the alert...

Asian poultry production under threat

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has expressed serious concern about the spread of Avian flu in East Asia. And perhaps more worryingly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has...

Scottish salmon safe to eat, says EU

The European Commission is satisfied that Scottish salmon is safe to eat, despite researchers in North America warning that the farmed variety sold in many supermarkets contains up to ten...

Set back for GM maize decision

The European Commission has delayed the adoption of a proposal to authorise imports of a GM sweetcorn onto European lands, opting to bundle the issue with other GM points on...

Restoring consumer confidence

US agriculture secretary Ann Veneman has announced a series of e-Government initiatives in response to public fears over beef. In a recent Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll, over...

Ambitions in food safety

US-based firm e-Foodsafety.com has entered into a distribution partnership with Tru-Pure Ozone Technologies. Under the terms of agreement, e-Foodsafety.com has exclusive rights to market and distribute Tru-Pure's patented food safety...

US consumer turns back on beef?

As the first case of mad cow disease sends US cattle prices plunging on the markets and dozens of nations ban US beef imports, new research shows that problems are...

Lights out for SureBeam

US-based SureBeam, a leading provider of electron beam food safety systems and services for the food industry, will be out of business by the end of the week. The company...

UK food agency responds to salmon saga

The UK food watchdog has been quick to react to a controversial study published last week that highlighted the quantity of dioxins in farmed salmon.

USDA: progress is being made

The entire bull calf herd from which the suspected case of BSE belonged to has been euthanised, according to the latest USDA update on the current crisis. Over 450 animals...

Australia approves Monsanto's GM canola

Sparking criticisms, the Australian government's gene technology regulator has given the green light for the commercial use of a genetically modified canola from Monsanto - the second approval for GM...

Better fish labelling called for

UK pressure group Friends of the Earth has called for stricter controls and improved labelling for fish, following a study in the industry journal Science. The report showed higher levels...

Study links salted foods to stomach cancer

People who eat a regular diet of highly salted food double their risk of stomach cancer, according to a report published this week in the British Journal of Cancer.

Foodchain focus for Irish presidency

Ireland kicks off the year with the presidency of Europe and, as part of the scientific programme linked to the six-month responsibility, the country will organise an international food conference...

Japan piles on the pressure

The US department of agriculture (USDA) has decided to cull the bull calf operation in Washington State where the single case of BSE was discovered last month. But this is...

Fighting foodborne disease

Enterobacter sakazakii, a bacterium that can be dangerous to premature babies and young infants, could be more widespread than previously thought, according to recent research published in this week's issue...

US kills calves in BSE precautionary measure

The US department of agriculture is set to slaughter about 450 calves on one of several farms in Washington state quarantined because of a lone case of mad-cow disease, the...

EU laws set to hamper growth in polyphenols market

Forthcoming European legislation on health claims could pose a roadblock to rapid market expansion of polyphenols, the plant-based antioxidants gaining increasing attention for their disease-fighting actions, warns a new report.

US vigilant in BSE battle

The ongoing BSE crisis in the US has forced the government to take drastic measures to contain the disease. Agriculture secretary Ann Veneman announced last week that additional safeguards to...

New E.coli tests on the cards

New tests that slice off the time taken to identify dangerous strains of the harmful bacteria Escherichia coli are the focus of new research from US government scientists.

US to ban ephedra

The US Food and Drug Administration last week announced a ban on the weight loss herbal ephedra, after an extended consultation period including a court hearing.

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