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Sudan 1 recall peaked?

The UK food watchdog has extended the already massive recall of food products contaminated by the harmful, and illegal, red food dye sudan 1: but the tailing off of figures...

Post sudan 1, EU publishes traceability guide for food firms

In the wake of the sudan 1 crisis that led to nearly 600 food product recalls in the UK in recent weeks, Brussels gives a helping hand to the food...

Sudan 1 recall spreads to China

Vulnerabilities in the food chain through globalisation evident as the sudan 1 food recall, that has racked the UK food industry in recent weeks, spread to China with reports that...

Sudan 1: is best practice enough to retain consumer confidence?

In addition to evident best practice in food safety across the food chain, the food industry needs to establish better channels of communication to tackle food recalls and avoid a...

Sudan 1: EU commissioner criticises food industry over 'old stocks'

Brussels called an emergency meeting of scientific experts yesterday as the paper trail on the illegal red chemical dye sudan 1 extends to member states; and the recall of food...

Food safety to protect against mounting litigation

Despite firm traceability rules and constantly improved food safety systems the threat of litigation hangs in the air for the food industry: in the UK a prepared foods firm faces...

Deadline today on sudan recall, or food firms face prosecution

The UK food maker that last week triggered the country's largest product recall to date identifies two further foods contaminated with the carcinogenic red food dye sudan 1, reports Lindsey Partos.

Sudan testing to cut risk and minimise costs

Food makers are advised to analyse any stocks of chilli and curry powder, bought in before the EU imposed the ban on sudan red food colour, to minimise the risk...

Illegal red colour sparks massive recall in UK

Pressure on food makers to more frequently track ingredients for contaminants intensifies as the UK's food watchdog on Friday pulls over 350 food products from the shelves after detecting the...

FSA targets poultry sector to cut foodborne illness

Food is the most common source of zoonotic infections in humans, suggesting that tightening biosecurity measures at the beginning of the food supply chain is vital.

Foodborne diseases, UTIs and cows, new link

Food safety comes to the fore again as new study builds on growing evidence that foods of animal origin, contaminated with Escherichia coli, can lead to urinary tract infections in...

Increase in counterfeit food drives innovations

Seizures of conterfeit food products and medicines entering the EU increased by 77 per cent from 2002 to 2003, according to the European Commission. Foodstuffs seized included sweets, waffles, chewing...

Safety in early stage of food production highlighted

Food in the pre-harvest stage is more vulnerable to contamination than food in the processing and packaging stages of production, because of environmental variability and our inability to control it,...

Europe food agency confirms first case of BSE in goat

Europe's food watchdog confirms the first case of mad cow disease has been identified in a goat in France. This is the first case of the disease identified in animals...

Sudan colour recalls continue in UK

Illegal red colour identified in a popular food oil prompts the latest in a series of recalls in the UK called by the country's food watchdog.

Large sample study finds high sugar risk in cancer development

High blood sugar levels could be a risk factor in developing several types of cancer, suggest researchers that tracked over 1 million Koreans for a decade.

Canada BSE discovery raises meat industry fears

Another case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been reported in Canada, raising fears that public confidence in beef could be further undermined, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Food alerts to rise?

Tightening up traceability rules to slice away risk to the food chain, with the entry of 2005 food industry firms are now required to notify local authorities, suggesting food alerts...

Canada confirms BSE case

The new year began with some bad news for the Canadian beef industry after the country confirmed its second case of BSE.

Salmonella and sudan, ongoing risk to food chain

Illegal red colour in palm oils, salmonella in tortillas and listeria in smoked salmon all featured on the EU's food-linked risk alert system at the end of the year.

Foodborne disease causes UTI outbreak

US scientists confirm that food products contaminated with the serious foodborne pathogen Escherichia coli were responsible for a multi-state outbreak of urinary tract infections.

Genome tools shed light on prevalent food pathogen

Genomic tools help scientists gain an insight into the roots of foodborne disease and to identify clues about why some strains of the bacterium campylobacter - which each year cause...

Russia warns of violations within food supplement sector

The exaggerated - and not always correct - advertisement of biologically active additives (BAAs) in food supplements has resulted in a number of products being removed by the Russian authorities,...

FDA issues ginseng warning

The FDA last week demanded the seizure of imported ginseng in New Jersey and issued a national warning.

Food alerts underline safety needs

The number of food-linked alerts in the European Union leapt by over 40 per cent in 2003 on the previous year, with the majority sourced in the 'old' member states.

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