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National salt guidelines ignore WHO advice, says professor

Global salt intake is still too high, according to a leading academic, and many countries ignore the WHO's advice on a maximum intake of 5g/day by issuing guidance far in...

California calls for suspension of GM rice testing

Government regulation for GM contamination of rice is clearly not working, according to the California Rice Commission, which has called for a moratorium on GM field testing in the state.

BASF withdraws rice after GM contamination

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is preventing the planting and distribution of a long-grain rice seed from BASF because it may contain genetic material not yet approved for commercialization.

Fake vodka poses health risk in UK

Thousands of litres of fake vodka seized at an illegal bottling plant in Wales may pose a serious danger to consumers' health, officials have said, warning the drinks trade to...

UK food product recalls fall by 7 per cent

Product recalls in the UK food sector fell by seven per cent last year, according to a report by law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.

Regulator releases poultry held over bird flu scare

Bernard Matthews, which is at the centre of a storm over an outbreak of avian influenza at its turkey production site in the UK, has been given the go ahead...

Cadbury faces prosecution over salmonella, newspaper reports

UK-based Cadbury Schweppes is set to be prosecuted under environmental health laws after the company allegedly released chocolate for sale that was contaminated with salmonella, according to the Guardian newspaper.

Sweden culls poultry due to Salmonella infection

Sweden's claim to have poultry stocks with the lowest Salmonella infection rates in the EU hascome under severe attack after 100,000 birds had to be culled this week after an...

Six countries ban UK poultry exports

With six countries placing import bans on UK poultry due to the outbreak of avian influenza, one of the country's largest processors is fighting a rearguard action to retain its...

Avian influenza hits UK domestic flock

Poultry processors across Europe are bracing themselves for another downturn in consumption after the discovery of the deadly form of bird flu in a domestic flock of turkeys in the...

Another BSE slip hits UK meat industry

A case of mistaken identity has led to another breach of the UK's bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) regulations, the country's food regulator said yesterday.

UK processor under fire for BSE slip

Processing firm ABP Shrewsbury is under investigation by the UK's food regulator after allowing a heifer to enter the food chain without undergoing mandatory testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Salmonella found in one of six broiler farms in Germany

One in six broiler flocks in Germany is infected with salmonella, according to a pilot survey bythe country's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Food safety certification service offered to associations

Two companies have teamed up to develop branded food safety compliance systems and certifications for food industry associations.

French meat companies under investigation

A major meat distributor and two processor are under judicial investigation in France, after foodregulatory authorities accused the companies of using spoiled meat in a canned corn beef product.

FSA publishes 'metals in food' findings

A UK survey of the concentrations of metals elements in a variety of ingredients suggests that estimated intakes do not pose a health threat.

EFSA calls for data on furan food contamination

EFSA has invited the food industry to submit data on furan contamination in food and beverages from 1 January.

Allied Bakeries hit by new round of malicious tampering

Allied Bakeries' Kingsmill sliced bread brand has been hit with a new round of sabotage,with the company reporting the new incidents to the UK's food regulator over the holidays.

Weekly Comment

Response and Responsibility

Bah, Humbug! It has been that kind of year in general for the food industry, and in particular for some major companies.

Campylobacteriosis overtakes Salmonellosis

Campylobacteriosis has overtaken salmonellosis as the most reported animal infection transmitted to humans in the EU, according to findings published yesterday.

Crop diseases still pose threat to food supply

The British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) is using the Christmas period to highlight the risks plant diseases create in the food chain.

Foster's plays down phylloxera fears

An attack by the feared phylloxera pest on vines owned by Australian drinks group, Foster's, is under control and not a cause for concern, the firm has said.

Codex debates new global hygiene standards

The Codex Alimentarius committee dealing with hygiene is meeting this week in the US, with member countries debating a number of international food safety standards that will apply worldwide.

Second Czech BSE case confirmed

Beef production in the Czech Republic took a blow this week, after a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed in a herd within the country - the...

Regulators agree on co-ordinated risk assessment plan

The EU's national regulators yesterday agreed on a plan to co-ordinate food safety riskassessments across the bloc.

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