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Unpasteurized juice poses serious health risk, says FDA

Untreated juices are still causing serious outbreaks of foodborne illness across America, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, warning consumers to be extra careful.

Sudan, the banned red dye, turns up in Italian gnocchi

Harmful red colour Sudan 1 crops up in prepared pasta dish in Italy, reports the EU's food risk alert system this week, confirming food makers still risk contamination by this...

Obesity crisis spurs sugar warning proposal for soft drinks

Proposals to put cigarette-style health warnings on soft drinks to highlight the harmful effects of too many sugary beverages has been called patronizing by the American Beverage Association, writes Anthony...

Health Canada issues second Ayurvedic warning

Health Canada is warning Canadians against using unauthorized Ayurvedic medicinal products amid fears that high levels of heavy metals could present a health risk, reports Jess Halliday.

OJ contamination sparks industry fears

The discovery of potential Salmonella Typhimurium contamination in an orange juice product has compounded worries over falling juice sales in the US.

Incidents of BSE fall in Europe

The discovery in Ireland of another probable case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) might turn some consumers away from their meat, but perhaps they can be assured the country, and...

New recalls reflect EU food chain still exposed to risk

Risk continues in the European food chain with member states recalling over fifty products due to food pathogens and illegal colours in seven days, suggesting industry still needs to crack...

New test cuts sudan risk in food chain

New test from the National Food Laboratory meets growing demand from food manufacturers to verify their ingredients are free from the potentially carcinogenic red dye Sudan.

Pesticide residue levels detected in bread

Wholemeal bread contains more pesticide residues than any other bread type, according to research published yesterday by the UK's Pesticides Residues Committee (PRC), yet the levels are not considered dangerous...

Shelf life of de-salted cod products limited

The use of desalted cod in the preparation of ready made meals could lead to an increased incidences of food poisoning unless measures are taken to limit its shelf life...

Listeria and aflatoxins dominate food safety alerts in EU last week

Food pathogens and harmful toxins dominate the EU's food risk alert system this week, detected in a range of products from fish and cheese to pistachios and chilli powder, reports...

Baby milk powder in China, new recalls?

Food safety for Chinese milk powders hits the headlines again as authorities detect excessive iodine content in another Nestle baby milk powder, according to Chinese news reports.

Sudan 1 risk still present in EU food chain

Europe's food alert system last week detects several batches of the banned red colour sudan in the food chain, months after the UK faced its biggest food recall ever, writes...

Sudan 1 turns up in EU recall tracking system

Illegal colours continue to crop up in European food products with the EU's tracking system highlighting banned Sudan 1 and Para Red contaminants in a range of foods this week,...

Bad Florida basil triggers FDA traceback operation

Fresh basil, the most probable source of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in Florida earlier this year, is now the target of an FDA traceback operation, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Don't trust Tedco, says Canadian government

Health Canada is warning consumers not to use any natural products exported or sold by Tedco Inc, after the Louisiana company failed to provide proof that its Miracle II Neutralizer...

Risk management advice soothes food recall dangers and disasters?

Insurance is not enough to cover a food firm in the advent of an extensive product recall, says risk management firm Marsh, writes Lindsey Partos.

Food agency forms taskforce to tackle risk and recalls

As banned colours continue to turn up in the food chain, the UK's food agency will build a taskforce to reduce the risk of contamination to supplies, and to improve...

Sudan 1: banned food products, already withdrawn, appear again on shelves

Weeks and weeks after the UK's food agency issues official warning about contaminated Worcester sauce, alarm bells ring as two prepared foods containing the illegal ingredient, and previously withdrawn from...

Brussels alert on annatto recall confuses food industry

In our current uneasy climate of product recalls, sensitivities are high and Brussels can ill afford to fuel confusion, but in the latest document from Europe's central alert system, the...

Indian chilli exports double, despite Sudan scare

Exports of chilli and chilli products from India have not been affected by the discovery of banned red colours in European processed foods, claims an upbeat Indian Ministry of Commerce...

Food labs push out Para Red tests

Reacting rapidly to the discovery of the banned colour Para Red in processed foods, UK food laboratory RSSL has a new method to help food makers detect this potential carcinogen,...

More foods contaminated with Para Red

Three more products added to the growing list of foods contaminated with the banned red colour Para Red in the UK.

Food agency pulls more Para Red products

The trickle of food products contaminated with the illegal colour Para Red continues in the UK, with the country's food agency identifying nineteen more food products for recall yesterday, writes...

Para Red: UK spice industry encourages transparency

UK spice industry throws opens its doors as the authorities detect increasing numbers of food products contaminated with the potentially harmful Para Red colour,reports Lindsey Partos.

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