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Global ID Group snapped up by private equity firm

The Global ID Group is to be acquired by a private equity firm for an undisclosed amount.

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SGS deal boosts official inspection capability

SGS has acquired the assets and license of John R. McCrea Agency, Inc. (McCrea), a designated inspection agency licensed by the US Department of Agriculture.

Blue Bell Ice Cream recalls 2,000 cartons of ice cream due to second Listeria scare

Blue Bell Ice Cream issued a voluntary recall of 2,000 cartons of its chocolate chip cookie dough and Cookie Two Step ice cream in 10 states due to possible Listeria...

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Comet Group starts work on HQ expansion

Comet Group has started work on expanding its HQ which will create 20,000 square meters of additional production space by mid-2018 and 250 more jobs.  

Novozymes buys Organobalance to boost microbial tech position

Novozymes has acquired microbial research company Organobalance to strengthen its position in microbial technologies.

Dairies could slash cleaning costs with AI cleaning system

The University of Nottingham in the UK is developing an artificially-intelligent (AI) sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely.

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Aloe based fruit and veg coating comes to US market

Aloe Eco Park SAPI de CV has launched an aloe based edible coating in the US fruit and vegetable market.

Oceana: 1 in 5 seafood samples mislabeled

Seafood mislabeling occurs in every sector of the supply chain, according to Oceana.

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Eurofins raises funds to finance potential acquisitions

Eurofins Scientific has raised €296m towards financing potential acquisition targets.

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Charm Sciences’ aflatoxin in corn test backed

Charm Sciences’ aflatoxin test has been backed by the US Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

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Emydex reveals customer wins in Southern Hemisphere

Emydex has sealed deals with six customers across South Africa, Australia and the Philippines and revealed a North American aim.

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Four food safety audit mistakes you’re making and how to avoid them

How do you feel when you imagine your next regulatory audit? Stress? Anxiety? Overwhelming dread?

SafeTraces raises funding to help market push

SafeTraces has raised $1.5m via a funding round to accelerate product development, sales and marketing ahead of going to market by the end of this year.

Anaphylaxis Campaign annual conference 19 September, London

Validated cleaning and judging risk in allergen control

Common sense and experience play a role in allergen control, according to a consultant.

Sample6 pathogen detection system gets funding boost

Sample6 has closed a $12.7m Series C funding round to help scale-up commercialization of its pathogen detection system.

FlavorActiV and Bruker partner on beer flavor stability

FlavorActiV and Bruker Corporation have partnered to help breweries improve flavor stability.

Invisible Sentinel launches assays to detect beer spoilage organisms

Invisible Sentinel has developed, validated and commercialized two detection tools for breweries.

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Mettler Toledo to build plant in Pasco County

Mettler Toledo will build a facility in Florida for its product inspection division creating 185 positions.

USP extends food fraud database capabilities

The US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has launched the second generation of its Food Fraud Database (FFD 2.0).

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Global ID Group and Fera expand HorizonScan

HorizonScan has been launched in five territories in partnership with the Global ID Group.

FSA reveals Campylobacter testing methodology ahead of survey restart

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has resumed its Campylobacter survey with a revised method.

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Cherney and Mocon to tackle product spoilage issues

Cherney Microbiological Services has partnered with Mocon to help processors identify product spoilage issues.

Rheonix targets perfect pint with beer spoilage detection tech

Rheonix has launched an assay for detecting beer spoilage on its recently unveiled platform for food and beverage testing.

Need for know-how in hygienic engineering knows no borders - EHEDG

The European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) will establish 20 new regional sections by 2020.

Inside scoop: Nestlé doubles its largest quality assurance center to fight for confectionery safety

Nestlé’s gives ConfectioneryNews a look inside its $31m expanded quality assurance center in Dublin, Ohio, where it is battling the emerging threat of foreign bodies in confections.

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