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Italy hunts for mouldy coffee beans

The discovery of mouldy coffee beans at a port in Italy has put further pressure on an already tight market this month, with prices expected to continue rising.

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Soft drinks firms settle in benzene lawsuit

Two soft drink firms accused of using ingredients that could mix to form a cancer-causing chemical in drinks plan to sign a settlement with lawyers today, agreeing to change formulas...

China returns US milk powder with excess nitrite

China has sent back more than 100 metric tons of American milk powder after it was found to contain potentially dangerous levels of nitrite.

FDA to recall more bottled water in bromate scare

America's food safety watchdog is expected to announce the recall of several bottled water drinks, thought to contain cancer-causing bromate above the legal limit in the US, has learned....

India rejects soft drink pesticides claims

India's Health Ministry has rejected a campaigns group study that found Coca-Cola and PepsiCo soft drinks containing pesticide residues an average 24 times above the proposed maximum limit.

US: Bottled water pulled in bromate scare

Bottled water containing cancer-causing bromate above the level allowed by America's food safety watchdog has been pulled from shelves by one of the country's upmarket retailers.

Latex threat - it's all hype, says group

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is pushing ahead with product testing methods after scientists found new ways to detect latex allergens in food packaging.

Government lab criticises pesticides in soft drinks study

Tests in India that found soft drinks contaminated with pesticides are 'doubtful', warns a lab affiliated to the UK government, as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola face more bans and threats of...

Japanese soft drink breaks benzene limit

Japanese food safety authorities have found unacceptable levels of the carcinogen benzene in a nationally distributed soft drink.

Cadbury contamination proves costly

A UK product recall due to Salmonella contamination could cost £20m (€29.3m) and perhaps more, Cadbury Schweppes said yesterday.

Dioxins, PCBs, metals still at "safe" levels, UK regulator says

Metals, dioxins, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in a majority of foods and offals remain at levels considered safe in the EU, according to three scientific surveys published yesterday by the...

Cadbury apologises for Salmonella outbreak

Cadbury Schweppes has apologised for allowing Salmonella-contaminated chocolates to leave its factories and poison 37 people in the UK.

Fresh bird flu outbreak in Thailand blow to poultry sector

Thailand's poultry industry suffered a further blow yesterday as agriculture officials confirmed a fresh outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus in the northern province of Phichit.

Authorities pinpoint Cadbury as source of Salmonella outbreak

Cadbury Schweppes was the most likely source of an outbreak of Salmonella montevideo that poisoned 37 people from February to June this year, according to the UK's health authorities.

Employee with Hep A leads to recall for Aussie firm

Darling Downs Foods, one of Australia's biggest meat processors, issued a voluntary recall of 17 product lines this week, after an employee was hospitalised with the hepatitis A virus.

Bottle case packer cuts costs, reduces damage

A new case packing machine for bottles can help processors speed up production lines and cut costs, its manufacturer claims.

Sudan still being detected in food supply

Illegal Sudan dyes in spices and other food products continue to be detected despite numerous clampdowns, according to the European Commission.

Poison scare forces Coca-Cola drinks recall in South Korea

Coca-Cola has recalled 40,000 cases of soft drinks in South Korea and claimed it was the victim of a blackmail campaign, after a consumer was allegedly poisoned by drinking a...

Cadbury tries to clean up its act

Cadbury Schweppes has been forced to improve cleaning processes at its Herefordshire factory after last month's recall of Salmonella-contaminated products.

EU crackdown on pistachio exporters

An EU investigation of pistachio exporters in Iran has found the country's food safety procedures still fall short of international standards.

Cadbury blasted for incorrect safety procedures

Cadbury Schweppes has come under renewed criticism following a regulatory finding that it did not adhere to EU safety measures at its Herefordshire plant, where salmonella was discovered earlier this...

EU food safety notifications rise by 22 per cent

Notifications from EU member states of food safety risks rose by 22 per cent in 2005 compared to the previous year, according to an annual report on the bloc's rapid alert system

Weekly Comment

Cadbury's mistake

Chocolate has a nice feeling to it - tasty, fun, luxurious and slightly sinful. This is comfort food, accessible to all and epitomised in the recent film, Charlie and the...

Salmonella cases fall in Germany, risk agency reports

Germany is winning the battle against Salmonella, according to new statistics released by the country's risk assessment agency.

Salmonella rates fall slightly in first quarter

The presence of salmonella in samples of most raw meat and poultry products tested by federal inspectors decreased slightly in the first quarter of 2006.

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