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Seven out of 10 chickens positive for Campylobacter - FSA

70% of chickens sold in UK supermarkets have tested positive for Campylobacter, according to the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

NSF International and LRQA respond to report findings

Food sector losing more than £11bn due to fraud - report

Food fraud and error could be costing UK companies £11.2bn or 85% of profits a year, according to a report.

Silliker seals Australian deal to boost food testing

Silliker Australia has acquired DMG MicroLabs to enable it to tap into the ‘growing opportunity’ in the food testing market.

Romer Labs Listeria test receives AOAC extension

A Listeria test system from Romer Labs has received extended certification to monitor food samples with a 27-48 hour enrichment.

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Food Standards Scotland names chair and chief executive

The chair and chief executive of Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have been named ahead of the body becoming active in April next year.

PerkinElmer expands presence in food testing

PerkinElmer has acquired Perten Instruments for $266m to ‘significantly expand’ its presence in the food testing.

SLIPS technology commercialised and BASF partnership formed

A novel coating technology that repels liquids and solids will be commercialised after the creation of start-up, SLIPS Technologies (STI), and BASF has already invested in the company.

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NSF International recognised by SQFI

NSF International has been awarded SQF Certification Body of the Year at the Quality Achievement Awards ceremony.

Shangdu facility is ConAgra Foods’ first plant in China

ConAgra Foods’ Lamb Weston unit opens potato processing plant in China

ConAgra Foods has opened its first plant in China, a Lamb Weston potato processing plant in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia, giving the company in-country supply capabilities to strategic customers in China.

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Dylog targets detection of similar density contaminants

Dylog has launched an X-ray machine to detect low density products at Emballage 2014, in Paris.

Packaging analysis boosted with FTIR upgrades

Agilent Technologies has enhanced some of its Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) microscopes claiming it will allow customers to analyze samples that were never before possible.

Idle investment capital driving consolidation in testing arena, exec says

The need to get higher returns on investment capital that has lain idle is driving the ongoing consolidation in the sphere of analytical testing according to Dave Kliber, CEO of...

The perfect chip? Pulsed Electric Field tech optimizes processing, claims developer

Perforating potato cells can soften the raw material, reducing fry times, lowering fat uptake and creating a more uniform end chip product, says the CEO of a firm specialized in...

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Dynamic Conveyor partners with Eriez for metal detection option

Dynamic Conveyor has revealed the Eriez Xtreme metal detector option for one of its food grade conveyors.

Importance of food safety partnerships shown

New Zealand has signed an arrangement with Indonesia around food safety while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have stressed the benefits of partnerships.

PURE Bioscience ‘deeply disappointed’ after FCN withdrawal

PURE Bioscience has said it is ‘surprised’ and ‘deeply disappointed’ at the need to withdraw a Food Contact Notification (FCN) for use of its antimicrobial in raw poultry processing after...

Croatian dairy control system ‘not fully adequate’

Croatia’s control system for the production and storage of dairy products is not adequate with significant discrepancies, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

$75m investment yields significant improvements

Foster Farms shares data management tips that cut Salmonella rates to less than 5%

Just four months after closing the book on a 16-month long Salmonella outbreak, Foster Farms is touting incidence rates below 5% and offering its recipe for success.

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US FDA taps Mayne to head Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, boost science focus

The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) will begin the new year with a new director and a new direction. Public health scientist Susan Mayne will take...

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Eurofins reports strong Q3

Eurofins has reported increased revenues in the third quarter despite economic uncertainty and business reorganisation programs.

Peco-InspX boosts manufacturing capacity

Peco-InspX has opened a manufacturing center to provide space to assemble existing and new products including its recently unveiled X-ray inspection system.

Dispatches from Lab Innovations 2014

Campden BRI sets out ‘good, bad and ugly’ in microbiology

Novel processing and reformulation can cause potential problems in terms of microbiological risk, according to Campden BRI.

Case study: Key Technology sorters at Poindexter Nut Co.

That's cracked it: Trio of sorters improves production efficiency at walnut factory

A cascading line of three digital sorting machines has improved product quality, increased production, and decreased costs at the Poindexter Nut Company in California, according to sorter manufacturer Key Technology. ...

CODEX COMMITTEE ON FOOD HYGIENE 17-21 November, Peru

Focus on Salmonella and parasites for Codex meeting

Salmonella in beef and pork, parasites in meat and low moisture foods are on the agenda for the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) meeting this month.

FDA investigating mass spectrometry for allergen analysis

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the use of mass spectrometry for analysing allergens.