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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.

Ecolab presents domino theory

Ecolab is all set to present its health and safety solutions for the entire food supply chain at the forthcoming Food Safety & Hygiene show...

Listeria issue chilled

A new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study has found that dairy products such as cream cheese are best consumed as close to the...

Allergy alerts in toyland

Toymaker Hasbro , illustrates the dangers of crossing industry sectors today by announcing a recall of 2.7 million of its chocolate brownies and chocolate frosting mixes...

New labelling to oppose healthy eating?

European Commission proposals governing health claims on food labels have been a bone of contention for the food industry since even before they were unveiled...

GM battle continues with the NFPA

In the US the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has criticised new requirements enforced by the European Union's Council of Ministers on the labelling and...

Dairy dishonesty shamed

The American National Dairy Council is today launching a health campaign entitled "Healthy Weight with Dairy". The campaign claims to tackle increasing levels of obesity...

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...