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Atkins Nutritionals packaging error prompts chocolate recall

Atkins Nutritionals is recalling some of its Chocolate Candies because it may contain sachets of Chocolate Peanut Candies.

Cumin recall withdrawn after testing shows mahaleb not almond presence

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has backtracked on a recall of ground cumin because of almond after additional testing.

Majority of technical appeal results upheld – Government Chemist

The Government Chemist upheld the results of official analyses in 85% of technical appeals referred to it last year.

AOAC extends DuPont assay validation with single-stage enrichment media

DuPont’s BAX System for Listeria has had its validation extended to include a proprietary enrichment media, speeding up time to result.

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ConAgra, Mars and JBS staff join NACMCF panel

Members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) have been revealed for the 2015-2017 term.

BIOTECON Diagnostics launches RT PCR system for norovirus

BIOTECON Diagnostics has launched a real-time PCR molecular diagnostic system for norovirus.

French BPA ban referred to Constitutional Court

PlasticsEurope has welcomed the Conseil d´État’s decision to refer the case around the French law suspending the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials to the Constitutional Court....

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FSA names ACMSF appointments

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed appointments to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF).

Companies facing more sophisticated fraud issues - Eurofins

Food authenticity analysis is being increasingly used in industry as companies face more sophisticated frauds issues, according to Eurofins.

Neogen taps into expanding Indian food testing demand

Neogen Corporation has acquired the assets of a food testing lab in southwest India adding the market is ‘extremely attractive’ because of the expanding middle class.

How do you like your frogs legs? Irradiated

Frogs legs and dried aromatic herbs and spices were the top two commodities irradiated but overall use of the technique fell, according to an EU report.

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Fortress supplies 7 Stealth metal detectors for bakery

Fortress Technology has supplied seven Stealth metal detectors with Vector conveyors in the bakery of a UK retailer.

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Food & Water Watch: Documents show officials urged earlier Foster Farms recall

USDA officials recommended taking action on Foster Farms poultry products tainted with Salmonella almost nine months before they were actually recalled, according to Food & Water Watch.

Eurofins expands analysis possibilities to 21 species

Eurofins has launched DNA chip technology which it claims can identity 21 animal species in food and feed.

CDC repeats antibiotic resistance message

Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs is an ‘ongoing public health threat’, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exactly the same message it delivered last year.

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Fits like a glove: Anchor Safety and Stalsen get grip on food industry

Anchor Safety is urging poultry food processing companies to look at the role of personal protective equipment (PPE) in reducing cross-contamination when handling poultry.

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Genius Foods recalls gluten-free products due to gluten findings

Genius Foods and five UK supermarkets have recalled gluten-free products as they may contain gluten.

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PURE Bioscience to resubmit FCN after FDA talks

PURE Bioscience is to resubmit a Food Contact Notification (FCN) for its antimicrobial in raw poultry processing after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prompted a withdrawal last year.

India

Nestlé brand taking a battering as gov’t prepares to sue over Maggi

India's food safety watchdog has ordered all variants of Nestlé’s Maggi noodles to be withdrawn from sale and further production and exports to be stopped.

Mérieux NutriSciences teams with QuantiLAB in Mauritius

Mérieux NutriSciences has opened a Mauritius branch and partnered with QuantiLAB, a local laboratory.

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Nestlé, Cargill welcome FSSC certificate milestone

Nestlé, Cargill and FoodDrinkEurope have welcomed the 10,000th certificate of the FSSC 22000 certification scheme since publication five years ago.  

UPDATED: ConAgra, Nestlé and GMA respond

BPA substitutes in canned food ‘not clear’ - EWG

Many companies that have stopped using bisphenol A (BPA) in canned food did not reveal what they are using instead, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

FQN'S Food Fraud Forum

Experts discuss challenges and opportunities around food fraud

FoodQualityNews gathered four industry experts for an online forum to talk about food fraud last week. Below is a taster of what they said.

Japan

Fukushima locals confident of produce as neighbours raise inspections

Eight out of 10 residents of Fukushima prefecture are comfortable buying local produce four years after the nuclear accident in 2011, according to a survey by local consumer groups.

Delayed investigation led to non-compliant MSM being eaten – FVO

A Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) report has revealed a delay in investigating a mechanically separate meat (MSM)-related issue by Poland led to 198 tonnes of non-compliant or illegal products...

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