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Regulators agree on co-ordinated risk assessment plan

The EU's national regulators yesterday agreed on a plan to co-ordinate food safety riskassessments across the bloc.

Food firms unaware of contamination risk

Many food and drink firms in the UK remain unaware of the need to insure themselves against accidental or malicious contamination of their products.

Hershey's comes clean about contamination

Hershey's have named soy lecithen as the cause of the Salmonella scare that led to a plant closure and recall of 25 products.

Cadbury's secret benzene recall

As the makers of Perrier water absorbed the full consumer backlash from recalling drinks containing benzene in the US, Cadbury Schweppes quietly pulled one of its own products for the...

Russian ban on EU meats 'unjustified', claims EC

The EC has called threats by Russia to ban all imports of EU meat products into the country as "unjustified", as processors and food producers in the bloc face the...

Soy lecithen blamed for Hershey's salmonella scare

Hershey's have named soy lecithen as the cause of the Salmonella scare that led to a plant closure and recall of 25 products.

FSA stands by Spanish Salmonella claims

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has hit out against Spanish claims that the regulator's findings, published last week, were out of date, inaccurate and commercially driven.

Salmonella contamination found in 3% of egg imports

About one box of eggs out of every 30 imported into the UK tests positive for salmonella,according to figures released yesterday by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Sudan Red found in Chinese duck eggs

Duck eggs containing the carcinogenic dye Sudan Red IV have been pulled from shelves in Beijing, in the latest food scare to hit the city.

Company recalls meat due to breach of BSE safety rules

A Northern Ireland company is recalling thousands of cuts of meat sold in the UK, France, Italy and Spain after a breach of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) safety procedures allowed...

Business call for regulator to scrap recall guidance

The Forum on Private Business has called for a proposed UK guidance document on EU food law to be scrapped, criticising it for not further clarifying provisions of the bloc's...

Cleaning blamed for Jersey milk scare

Routine cleaning may have been to blame for the contamination of up to 2,000 packs of milk with excessive levels of bacteria in Jersey, the manufacturer has announced.

Tomatoes may have started US salmonella outbreak

US health officials investigating a salmonella outbreak that infected 171 people across 19 States believe fresh produce may have been the cause of the spread.

Jersey milk recall adds to dairy hygiene fears

Up to 2,000 packs of milk contaminated with excessive levels of bacteria have been recalled in Jersey, raising more questions about dairy hygiene practices in the EU.

UK survey detects Listeria in mixed raw veg salads

About 5 per cent of mixed raw vegetable salads in the UK are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a national survey that uncovered two products with levels above the...

Bread consumption linked to cancer, study

Bread has become the latest food group hit by a health scare following the publication of a scientific study linking the consumption of bread to kidney cancer.

Allied Bakeries hit by more tampering incidents

Deliberate sabotage of a product is a plant manager's nightmare, one that Allied Bakeries ishaving again and again.

Proposals aim to beef up plant inspection system

The UK's food regulator wants to beef up its plant inspection system by focusing on problemprocessors.

UK dairy ban sparks EU food safety row

Rows and confusion have soured relations between food safety bodies from the UK and European Commission, after EU member states agreed to ban products from a UK dairy.

EU food watchdog examines ethyl carbamate levels

Food and drink processors might soon be under pressure to reduce the levels of ethyl carbamateand cyanides in their fermented products.

Illegal pesticide levels found in 2 per cent of UK foods

About two per cent of foods sampled in the UK during the first quarter of 2006 contained pesticide residues above the maximum permitted levels.

Food allergens still pose a threat in US foods

Some food manufacturers are not doing enough to prevent the cross contamination of their products by allergens, according to a survey by the US food regulator.

EC analyses GM rice contamination controversy

The EC's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has now discussed the possible illegal GM contamination of long grain rice imports from the US.

Sale of Bulgarian pork could be prohibited with EU accession

The sale of Bulgarian pig meat could soon be prohibited unless the government can prove it is successfully tackling increased outbreaks of Classical Swine fever (CSF) in the country, according...

EFSA finds against noni - hepatitis link

EFSA has concluded that case reports questioning the safety of noni juice are unfounded, enabling products to remain in the EU market.

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