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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.

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...

Tackling the post-war contamination increase

Facing up to food safety is the focus of an upcoming seminar in the UK that will tackle the rise of food contamination in the...

FSAI's initiative sees closure decline

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is en route to lowering last years high enforcement order figures, despite having experienced the largest outbreak of...

Food industry unprepared for bioterrorism

The food industry is not ready for new rules on bioterrorism in the US rapidly created and cleared after the events of September 11, 2001,...

UK scientists attack PM over GM debate

A letter attacking the UK government's handling of the debate over genetically modified (GM) crops has been sent to the UK prime minister Tony Blair...

USDA considers lifting BSE border ban

At the end of last week the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a proposed rule aimed at ending the ban on imports of Canadian...

Danish swine fever fears allayed

Danish fears of strict export restrictions have been put at bay as pigs suspected of swine fever test negative to preliminary examinations. As a result...

FSA warns of unsmoked bacteria

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising people against eating spoiled smoked mackerel, which has been on sale in a chain of supermarkets in the...

FDA declares cloning safe

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that healthy animal clones and their offspring pose no increased risk to consumers. The agency may have a...

UK government told to stall GMO sales

Former UK minister for the environment, Michael Meacher refuses to be silenced on the GM debate. The critic who was dismissed earlier this year has...

FSA finds more salmonella in tahini

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) alerted the Cypriot authorities and European Commission this week after another tahini product was found to be contaminated with salmonella....

EU deadlock delays GMO vote

Undecided limits on the amount of genetically modified organisms in cereal and vegetable seeds have thrown the GMO debate in into further disarray this week,...

Italians forewarn biotechnology domination

Italian farm minister Giovanni Alemanno has described the disappearance of non-GM foods in Europe as a 'real risk' warning that biotechnology needs to be more...

Decision wanted on gene seeds

The EU is to take a deciphering vote next week on seed thresholds. With rules for growing gene crops and legislation on food and animal...

Baby milk to be semi-slimmed?

A major trial on European children is to examine how early childhood diet can reduce the risk of obesity in later life. The findings could...

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