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Foodborne outbreak news and recall investigations from around the globe as well as FQN's recall round-up gallery

Food Outbreaks

This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food recall and outbreak investigations. Reasons behind the recalls and product withdrawals will be analysed as well as traceback and tracking status as outbreaks and investigations progress, finish and lessons are learnt.

Safety first

Around 30 industry and governmental experts from Central and Eastern European candidate countries (CEEC's) are to meet this week for a seminar on food safety...

Sudan 1: Red alert

Ongoing investigations in the UK continue to unearth food products contaminated by the potential carcinogen Sudan 1, several months after EU laid down emergency measures...

Eurofin welcomes allergen labelling laws

With new rules on food allergen labelling due to crack down in 2005, ambitious biotech company Eurofins is hoping to grab a slice of the...

Which? manufacturers ignore label guidelines

As tough new European proposals on health claims undergo scrutiny from Member States, one UK-based consumer group has kept the pressure up on regulators and...

BSE strikes in Japan again

Japan's health ministry claims it may have found another case of mad cow disease in a 23-month-old bullock slaughtered last month, bringing the total number...

FSA gives chilli warning

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued further warnings as a part of its continuing investigation into products on the UK market containing the...

EU to lift GMO block?

The European Union has given its first indication that it may lift its five year block on GMOs, stating that the ban could be lifted...

EC myths and misunderstandings

The European Commission this week issued a statement relating to its proposed regulation on health and nutrition claims announced in a bid to clear up...

Green light for tagatose venture

The European Commission this week gave the thumbs up to a joint venture between Danish/Swedish company Arla Foods Ingredients and German sugar giant Nordzucker, to...

FSAI outlines objectives

Having just published its annual report for 2002, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has outlined a number of key issues it hopes to concentrate...

UK maize meals voluntarily withdrawn

Ten maize meal products have been voluntarily withdrawn from sale in the UK after tests showed that they contained high levels of toxins called fumonisins....

GM debate heats up

Former UK environment minister Michael Meacher is urging consumers to oppose US plans to use World Trade Organisation rules to force GM food and crops...

Transparency for food allergens

Celery, mustard, sulphur dioxide and crustaceans might seem like strange bedfellows at first sight, but by 2005 European consumers can expect to see these potential...

Action on food-borne diseases

New European legislation designed to combat food-borne diseases such as salmonella has just been passed by the EU agricultural council. The move has been hailed...

Sensus safe

Sensus obtained an excellent rating in last week's food safety audit, conducted by AIB International (American Institute of Baking). The company claims that this demonstrates...

Prague hosts international symposium

The first international symposium on recent advances in food analysis will open its dooors from 5 to 7 November in Prague, Czech Republic. The event,...

Split debate over UK GM crops

Parties interested in forging ahead with GM foodstuffs in the UK have a battle on their hands as the widest public debate ever held in...

A global perspective on food safety

The European Commission has resolved to ensure that the same standards of food safety apply to all products, regardless of origin. Speaking at an informal...

Opening up the debate

The European Union is poised to adopt stringent regulations on labeling and traceability of genetically modified (GM) products. This will present a number of challenges...

Atkins diet alert denied

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) says it has not issued an official health warning about the Atkins diet, contrary to media reports yesterday claiming...

Food law enforcers on the web

The convoluted world of UK and European food law has just got easier with the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) this week unveiling a new...

New warning to UK food companies

The UK's department of health has warned that food manufacturers have been too slow in cutting high levels of salt in their products. As a...

Sheep disease fears allayed

Scientists in the UK believe that test results, which sparked fears that BSE might have spread spread to British sheep, are important but not conclusive....

FoE - supermarket enemy

British supermarkets have failed to achieve any overall reduction in pesticide residues over the last five years, claims environmental group Friends of the Earth, one...

EU-Thai ties

Europe recognised the role of Thailand in south-east Asia and its role in advocating improved food safety at a meeting in Brussels last week. European...

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