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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...

Parnuts update for Scotland

The Scottish food watchdog has opened the doors for industry views on the imminent changes to the rules on 'parnuts' - foods for nutritional uses.

Restoring confidence: the task ahead

Two more cattle herds in Washington State, US were quarantined over the weekend as the number of animals linked to a cow infected with mad cow disease increased.

Europe safe from Avian 'flu, say experts

Across Europe, governments have been working flat out to calm public fears about the dangers posed by the current avian 'flu crisis in Asia. The EU does not import any...

BSE: food safety key to winning back business

In a bid to win back slashed beef sales, the FDA's head honcho will travel to Japan today to discuss recent events linked to the first case of mad cow...

BSE: FAO tells trading states to tighten controls

As the United States deals with the fallout from the first case of mad cow disease to hit the country, an international organisation warns countries to stay on the alert...

Asian poultry production under threat

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has expressed serious concern about the spread of Avian flu in East Asia. And perhaps more worryingly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has...

Scottish salmon safe to eat, says EU

The European Commission is satisfied that Scottish salmon is safe to eat, despite researchers in North America warning that the farmed variety sold in many supermarkets contains up to ten...

Set back for GM maize decision

The European Commission has delayed the adoption of a proposal to authorise imports of a GM sweetcorn onto European lands, opting to bundle the issue with other GM points on...

Restoring consumer confidence

US agriculture secretary Ann Veneman has announced a series of e-Government initiatives in response to public fears over beef. In a recent Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll, over...

Ambitions in food safety

US-based firm e-Foodsafety.com has entered into a distribution partnership with Tru-Pure Ozone Technologies. Under the terms of agreement, e-Foodsafety.com has exclusive rights to market and distribute Tru-Pure's patented food safety...

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