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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.

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...

You say tomato...

Achieving an internationally recognised regulatory approach to health claims, which will protect the consumer, promote fair trade and encourage innovation in the food industry, is...

Spreading the word

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has released information aimed at advising farmers on best food safety practices. The move is part of an...

US push for irradiation labelling policy

A US politician is trying to push through a bill in the US senate which will allow for a clear labelling policy on irradiation in...

E.coli crackdown pays off

A drive in the US to reduce the foodborne disease E.coli could be paying off with fresh data from the department of agriculture (USDA) showing...

Food law seminar

The food industry training organisation at the University of Reading in the UK, a hub of food science knowledge, will hold a seminar next month...

GM know-how low

Knowledge of genetically modified (GM) foods in the US remains low and their opinions about its safety are just as divided as they were two...

FSA open for discussion

Delegates will have a chance to find out more about the Food Safety Agency's (FSA) research and how it influences policy and advice this November...

Staff shortages stunt growth of infant EFSA

How can Europe's infant food safety body function without staff? For the newly elected board of the European food Safety Authority this question was the...

E425 found in UK sweets

Six months after Europe voted in a permanent ban on the use of the food additive E425, otherwise known as konjac, in jelly confectionery, food...

FoodTrace from farm to fork

With tough new rules on food traceability entering into force in Europe by 2005, determining the means of achieving full traceability is a priority for...

RSSL opens the lid on SEM

Researchers at Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) claim that they have found a trustworthy method for detecting semicarbazide (SEM) in metal lids. "The new method...

Patent on contamination detector

Food processors are constantly striving to keep the food supply safe by detecting contamination before it reaches consumers. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Athens,...

UK maize under scrutiny

The UK's food safety agency this week reported that two batches of maize meal have been removed from sale after tests showed that they contained...

The legacy of 9/11

Two years ago to the day terrorist attacks in the United States struck a nation, leaving it shocked, angry and vulnerable. As the country continues...

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