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Additive labelling, how far should the industry go?

The debate on the labelling of additives on food products shifts up a gear in the UK with the Consumers' Association criticising the government and the country's food watchdog for...

FSAI issues closure orders

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has expressed disappointment that three closure orders have already been served by environmental health officers (EHOs) due to breaches of food safety legislation...

Food additive petition withdrawn

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the withdrawal - 'without prejudice to a future filing?- of a food additive petition on polyester-polyurethane resin-acid dianhydride adhesive.

Food safety on the EU menu

European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin has announced a €43 million investment plan designed to improve the efficiency of the food supply chain. Speaking at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, he...

Belgium rejects GM oilseed rape

The possible cultivation of GM crops within the European Union suffered a setback this week after the Belgian government decided to reject an application to grow GM oilseed rape. Officials...

Salmonella risk in pork production

It is common for pigs to wait in holding pens for at least 2 hours after transport before slaughter to improve meat quality. Loading, unloading, and travel stress can lead...

Fighting terrorism on the food front

Safeguarding America's food supply against possible terrorist threats will eat into a considerable chunk of the USDA's budget next year. The country is also planning to stockpile animal vaccines, following...

No consensus on GMOs

Demonstrating the clear divisions that exist between member states and the European Commission over genetically modified foodstuffs, in the same week that Belgian ministers threw out an application for an...

Thai poultry ban prolonged

The European Union confirmed yesterday a six-month ban on Thai poultry imports because of the bird flu outbreak rampaging across Asia. Fresh and frozen Thai poultry products will remain barred...

EU eases testing on Brazilian poultry

The EU has agreed to ease strict testing requirements of poultry meat and products from Brazil for traces of the banned antibiotic nitrofuran. At present, EU Member States are obliged...

WHO calls for co-operation to combat bird 'flu epidemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) held talks yesterday with drugs firms and international laboratories on developing a vaccine to fight the bird 'flu virus that is ravaging parts of East...

Europe confident of GM regulation

The European Commission held an orientation debate on GM crops yesterday, hours after proposing to authorise a GM sweet corn BT11 for food use. From the Commission's point of view,...

Concern over public perceptions of bird 'flu

Following the Avian 'flu crisis in Asia, a major UK food retailer is already promising its customers that all its chicken products can be fully traced. Are European consumers getting...

GM legal battle overshadows EC proposal

The European Commission today backed a proposal to allow imports of Bt-11, a genetically modified (GM) maize type. This represents the first step towards lifting the EU's five-year unofficial ban...

UK supermarkets to stay GM-free

Consumer indifference - not to say hostility - towards genetically-modified products in the UK means that British supermarkets are likely to stay firmly GM-free in 2004, according to an annual...

Making ready-to-eat meals safer

New aqueous ozone technology, designed to make food safer by eliminating Listeria, has been accepted by the US Department of Agriculture's food safety inspection service (FSIS). Manufacturer BOC claims that...

Basil and thyme oils combat foodborne bacteria

The antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties attibuted to essential oils can be used as natural additives in a range of foods. New research into basil and thyme essential oils...

EU GM food to be identified

Bioengineered food and feed sold in the European Union will have to be labelled with a unique identifier code beginning in April.

Are EU consumers at risk?

Thailand's tardy admission that its poultry industry is being decimated by an outbreak of Avian 'flu brought forth a swift EU response. A ban on Thai imports into the bloc...

Poland lifts US beef ban

Poland has lifted its ban on the importation of certain US beef products, according to the USDA. This is the first country to rescind its beef import ban following the...

US meat origin labels delayed

The US Congress has finally decided to delay country-of-origin labels on beef until autumn 2006, despite arguments that the labels would reassure consumers during the current mad cow disease crisis.

German GM bill causes concern

The adoption of a bill in Germany last week enforcing European regulations on genetically modified food and feed has done little to calm unease among many consumers.

Parliament doubles EU food agency funding

Double the budget and a permanent location in the bag - life is looking up for Europe's first food agency.

Europe on the alert for carcinogenic colours

Europe's food industry faces increased recalls and further costs as a Commission clampdown yesterday extended rules on illegal carcinogenic red chemical dyes to include curry powder.

Japan bans Thai poultry

In a move guaranteed to fuel further speculation that Thailand is covering up cases of Avian 'flu, Japan today suspended poultry imports from the south east Asian nation. The country...

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