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Cheese bacteria survive pasteurisation

The bacteria involved in the ripening of cheeses may find their way into the final product by surviving the pasteurisation process, say researchers from Italy, Ireland and France.

Good news for egg producers

A survey of UK-produced eggs has found that the level of salmonella contamination is now one third of what it was in 1996. Poultry producers hope that the findings will...

Dioxin levels fall in infant formula

Comforting news for parents as survey of infant formula by the UK's food watchdog finds levels of harmful chemicals, dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), in infant formula have fallen...

Is Vietnam about to restock?

Vietnam is seeking to import between 500,000 to 600,000 tonnes of corn for feed as it moves to restock poultry flocks hit by the outbreak of bird flu earlier this...

Clarinol CLA gets safety confirmation

Dutch firm Loders Croklaan Lipid Nutrition is the first company to demonstrate the safety of its conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid hailed as the next big weight loss ingredient,...

FAO cautions against restocking

Countries affected by the deadly avian influenza virus H5N1 should not restock their flocks too quickly to avoid the disease flaring up again, FAO warned today. But two months after...

No evidence to prove GM foods are unsafe, says BMA

In a move set to fuel the already heated GM debate swirling around Britain, the country's medical body said this week it sees no 'current evidence of potential harm from...

EU expansion rooted in food safety

Pressing reform to European food and feed controls cleared a further obstacle this week with Parliament waving through proposed Commission rules, leaving room for ministers to take the final decision...

New look ingredients labels highlight allergens

European food manufacturers starting to get to grips with incoming rules on food allergen labelling in the EU block face similar adjustments in the US as the Senate clears new...

Russian quality on the up

Quality is an issue that has plagued many food processors in Russia over the years. But one company, Kraft Foods, claims that its operations there - where it is a...

UK agrees to GM crop, in principle

UK government agrees 'in principle' to the commercial cultivation of GM maize on UK soil, provoking an angry reaction from consumer campaigners who claim the recent debate and science review...

Food firms see red

Food manufacturers continue to face the costly process of food recalls as the UK's Food Standards Agency brings more food products contaminated by the illegal carcinogenic food dye Sudan to...

EFSA clears GM food crop on safety scale

Scientists at Europe's budding food watchdog have given the green light to a genetically engineered food crop from biotech giant Monsanto.

Weighing up food allergen ingredients

Countdown to new rules for the labelling of allergen ingredients begins with national governments and stakeholders in Europe getting to grips with the small print before enforcement next year. The...

Japan's poultry crisis could be pork industry's gain

Japan's poultry industry is the latest sector to feel the effect of avian influenza. Reported outbreaks of the virus in the health-conscious country have eroded people's appetite for chicken and...

Fish farmers bite back

Industry group Scottish Quality Salmon has slammed research recently published in Science magazine. The body claims that the article on fish farming is misleading, and says that steps to minimise...

Diseases hit global meat exports

Approximately one-third of global meat exports, or 6 million metric tonnes, are presently being affected by animal disease outbreaks, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said today. With the...

GM ruling hits exporters

Exporters of genetically modified (GM) food suffered a setback this week when an international conference on biotech safety agreed to impose stricter labelling requirements on such products. The US, which...

Sliding scale for organics?

Leaked minutes from the UK government show that it is planning to enforce different levels of GM contamination for different organic food if GM crops are grown commercially in the...

Sudan red alert

A screening method to identify a series of banned food dyes has been developed in the UK. The move comes in response to the European Commission's attempts to prevent the...

GM labelling courts controversy

Canada is set to publish its first voluntary standards for labelling food free of genetically modified ingredients. But a number of food processors say that the rules are so badly...

Shelf life guidance for manufacturers

A new guide from UK-based research group CCFRA has been published that will help chilled food manufacturers and retailers determine the shelf-life of their products. The guide aims to improve...

Croatia set for food agency

Croatia is about to get its own food agency, which will work alongside the EFSA to bring the former Yugoslavian state in line with EU food safety regulations ahead of...

EU slaps month ban on US poultry

US poultry exports to European Union countries were banned for one month yesterday because of concerns over the emergence of bird influenza in Texas. The ban, which covers all bird...

Can we really limit gene flow?

If one day in the near future Europe does decide to clear the way for the planting of GM crops in the soil of the EU25, there is one point...

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