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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.

FSANZ standards lead the way

Primary Production and Processing (PPP) Standards for the poultry & meat, and possibly the dairy, eggs, grains and horticulture industries, are to be revised by...

Regulations may be modified

The eagerly awaited results of a three year study into the environmental impact of GMO crops carried out on behalf of the UK government will...

EU compliance on hormones

A new EU directive concerning the prohibition of hormones in the meat industry came into force 14 October 2003. The directive follows a WTO ruling...

Chemical generation

Are manufacturers in line with the British law for the safety limits of chemicals in plastics in contact with food? Recent investigations in the UK...

Call for semicarbazide research

Calls to food manufacturers to develop alternative methods for sealing jars of food were voiced by the UK Food Standards Agency this week following a...

Green light for GMOs

The notion is in the air that the European Commission might lift the current moratorium on genetically modified organisms shortly. Speaking on 2 October before...

Antioxidants to be steamed not microwaved

Certain methods of preparation and cooking can causevegetables to lose their cancer-fighting compounds, with microwaving the biggest culprit, finds a new study published in the...

Be prepared

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published two of the major interim final regulations implementing the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response...

Smoke flavours screened

Europe has brought ventilation to smoke flavourings with the adoption of new rules. These aim to harmonise diverse legislation in the member states - some...

FSA identifies research needs

In a bid to support the formulation of policy, UK food safety agency this week unveils research needs in the area of food - targets...

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...