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The ripple effect of food legislation

Tighter health and safety legislation in the EU and in the US is being felt around the world. For example, the Filipino government this week urged food processors in the...

Independence, openness, excellence - the lifeblood of the EFSA

If traceability is at the heart of new food labelling rules in Europe then the life blood keeping it beating must be risk management. On the eve of the first...

High glycemic foods, sucrose linked to birth defects

New research finds that a mother's diet rich in certain sugars could be strongly associated with risk of birth defects in offspring, even among non-diabetic women.

Kava regains shelf space in Wales

Health food stores and kava suppliers are celebrating a recent decision by the Welsh government to revoke legislation that banned the herb in the UK last year.

Is irradiation rational?

In the US, consumer bodies the Public Citizen and the Center for Food Safety have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban irradiated ground beef.

Ireland, vCJD at bay

Only one more person from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) is likely to die from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) as a consequence of eating BSE infected meat, scientists claim this...

Health body slammed

The UK's food safety watchdog has come under heavy criticism from a group of politicians. A parliamentary public accounts committee said that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) had to worker...

Tightening security

Quality Assurance International, a global leader in certification services, has launched a new Food Security Programme in response to new requirements laid down by the FDA's bioterrorism regulations.

Safety in trucks

eFoodSafety.com has entered the first phase of a systematic plan to roll-out multiple company divisions, beginning with a truck sanitising division. The group says that this division is already well...

Food safety for thought

US agriculture secretary Ann Veneman announced yesterday that the rate of Salmonella in raw meat and poultry has dropped by 66 per cent over the past six years and by...

Carrying a burden

The majority of traditional Irish food producers feel that they face serious burdens to their survival and growth, according to a new survey on how...

Focus on safety at FiE

The German town of Frankfurt will look on as 12,000 food and drink industry professionals hit the exhibition centre to eat up the latest innovations...

Salty issue

The UK government announced this week that food manufacturers could be forced to label food as 'high in salt' if they fail to make significant...

Blair enters the fray

UK prime minister Tony Blair has responded to a letter sent to him on behalf of 114 scientists, criticising his handling of the debate over...

Staying safe in Scotland

A revision of the guidelines on the investigation and control of outbreaks of foodborne disease in Scotland was agreed this week by the Scottish Executive...

Infant formula officials under investigation

German infant formula maker Humana remains surrounded by controversy as conflicting reports fail to confirm responsibility for the modifications to its soy formula, linked to...

EU funding to up acrylamide awareness

European research into the potential carcinogen acrylamide has received a massive injection of cash to boost the biggest international project to date on toxic substances...

Red wine contamination triggers asthma

Lidl, the German supermarket chain has taken bottles of Australian Creston Bay Brand wine off its shelves after discovering dangerously high levels of sulphur dioxide...

Infant formula linked to baby deaths

A soy-based infant formula has been linked to the deaths of three babies and hospitalisation of several others in Israel in recent months. The marketer...

Austrian zone continues non-GM quest

The regional parliament of Upper Austria announced on 4 November that it is to appeal against the European Commission's decision not to allow the region...

EU warns Poland on food safety

The European Commission has sent a warning letter to the Polish government saying that the country must do more to bring food safety standards relating...

Dutch fears of BSE prompt recall

Dumeco has been ordered to retrace 78 tonnes of its beef this week following the failure to test one cow for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)....

OTA: latest call for clone labelling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) faces more opposition this week, as the US Organic Trade Association (OTA) criticises the suggestion of commercialising cloned animal...

GM success as crops co-exist

As the debate in the UK heats up over GM crops, new research sourced from Spain claims the co-existence between GM and non-GM crops can...

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