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Two diet drinks withdrawn in Ireland due to benzene

Manufacturers in Ireland have recalled two diet drinks from the market, after testing by the country's food regulator found high levels of the cancer-causing chemical in their products.

Bird flu incidence in wild birds falling in EU

Cases of avian influenza found in wild birds under a survelliance programme are falling, according to data released by the European Commission.

Plant diseases threaten global chocolate production

A fifth of the cacao beans used to make chocolate are lost to plant diseases every year - and things could get worse, according to scientists.

Unpasteurized OJ a possible vehicle for salmonella

Orange juice and other foods traditionally not associated with foodborne disease outbreaks could still be a source of disease, according to scientists.

Coca-Cola, Cadbury added to benzene lawsuits

Coca-Cola and Cadbury Schweppes have joined the list of beverage firms set to be sued in Florida over allegations their drinks contained benzene, 15 years after the industry first pledged...

Kraft sued over benzene in soft drink

Kraft Foods will face lawsuits in three US states over allegations that one of its drinks contained cancer-causing benzene above the legal limit for tap water, has learned, as...

Avian flu hits Denmark's poultry; FAO questions world strategy

Denmark and Romania are battling fresh outbreaks of the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has spread to domestic poultry in the two countries.

FDA names and shames over benzene in soft drinks

Five US soft drinks were found containing the cancer-causing chemical benzene at levels above the legal limit for drinking water, America's food safety watchdog has announced, sparking calls for more...

Bird flu prevention hampered by poor international coordination

Measures to prevent avian influenza in poultry flocks could be compromised by lax management, poor international coordination, and a lack of funds, according to researchers.

Coca-Cola widens soft drinks recall in Japan

Coca-Cola has expanded its recall of soft drinks in Japan to nearly 2.4m bottles, after more drinks were thought to be contaminated with iron powder.

PepsiCo hit by benzene lawsuit

Lawyers have filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo in California, alleging one of its drinks may contain the cancer-causing chemical benzene, has learned.

'Mild' form of bird flu spreads in UK, worker infected

Two more farms in the Norfolk area of the UK are now under quarantine as the country battles a milder form of the avian influenza virus.

Lead contamination prompts US candy recall

An Oregon chocolate manufacturer has recalled batches of organic confectionery after fears that the products could contain high levels of lead.

Industry awaits regulator's review of aspartame

Food processors are waiting with bated breath for the release next week of an EU regulatory review either confirming or rejecting the results of a scientific study claiming that aspartame...

Pesticide residues still high in Chinese vegetables

Some of the vegetables sold in Hong Kong's leading supermarket chains are dangerously high in pesticide residues, revealed Greenpeace last week, confirming that much still needs to be done to...

Safety alerts include reports on Sudan 1, arsenic, benzene and ITX

A total of 60 incidents of food safety breaches were reported EU-wide last week, with incidents of unauthorised Sudan 1 colours, arsenic, benzene and isopropyl thioxanthone continuing to crop up...

New benzene test reveals flaw in FDA soft drinks investigation

A new test should more accurately show the amount of benzene in soft drinks on shop shelves, but that does not mean there is no problem, says the scientist behind...

South Korea urges recall of benzene-containing drinks

South Korea's food safety authorities called on beverage makers last week to withdraw vitamin C-enriched drinks that had been found to contain the carcinogen benzene.

FDA issues first statement on benzene in soft drinks

America's Food and Drug Administration has questioned the accuracy of its own testing for benzene in soft drinks between 1995 and 2001, but held off criticism from Congress members for...

First lawsuits filed over benzene in soft drinks

Lawyers in the US announced yesterday they were taking two soft drinks firms to court, alleging lab tests showed drinks contaminated with benzene above America's safety limit for tap water.

Soft drinks firms pledge routine benzene tests

Soft drinks makers have been hauled before the European Commission to explain the presence of benzene traces in drinks, putting the industry under pressure after recalls in the UK.

Avian influenza spreads to turkey flock in France

In an ominous sign for processors and the public, France has slaughtered turkeys at a farm suspected of being infected with the deadly form of avian influenza, possibly marking the...

Sudan red colouring fine a warning to food industry

The successful prosecution of a UK food company over the presence of illegal Sudan food dye should serve as a warning to the whole industry.

Plant bacteria tough out lab-based irradiation dosages

Setting dosage levels for irradiating bacteria based on lab tests may be incorrect when used on the tougher pathogens found in plant conditions, leading to a food safety issue, according...

Bird flu advances to Europe's largest poultry producer

The deadly form of avian influenza has hit Europe's largest poultry producer, with France's government confirming over the weekend that the H5N1 form of the virus was found in a...

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