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DuPont Listeria assay backed by AOAC

DuPont’s BAX System X5 PCR assay for Listeria has been granted a method extension from the AOAC.

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FQN hits the road to bring you food safety and quality news

FoodQualityNews will be reporting live from three industry events in the next month.

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Handy news for food manufacturers’ hygiene

Deb has launched a range of products designed for occupational skin care across industries including food manufacturing and processing.

NSF strengthens food safety services in EMEA

NSF International is to acquire Euro Consultants Group (ECG) to strengthen its food safety services in the EMEA market.

OSI slams Chinese court’s judgement on expired meat scandal

The American parent of the Chinese company found by a Shanghai court this week to have sold out-of-date meat to international burger chains has reacted angrily to the jailing of...

Food industry needs intelligent software to protect itself – NSF International

TraQtion cloud-based quality and compliance software has been upgraded with food safety and quality professionals’ needing to deal with numerous data points from multiple sources to ensure a supplier or...

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FSMA rules push importance of employee hygiene, says Best Sanitizers

Human hands can be a source for transferring pathogens from the contaminated source to surfaces, utensils, ingredients and finished food products, according to Best Sanitizers.

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Coca-Cola, Nordson and Rockwell join EHEDG

The Coca-Cola Company, Nordson Corporation, Pepsico International and Rockwell Automation are among the latest members of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG).

Food fraud vulnerability assessment created by SSAFE and PwC

SSAFE and PwC have created a tool to help companies assess food fraud vulnerabilities saying not all current food safety management systems are designed for fraud detection or mitigation.

Bühler doubles the resolution to boost foreign object detection

Bühler has developed cameras for its optical sorters that it claims can detect foreign objects smaller than ever before.

NSF International widens NZ and Aus offering with acquisition

NSF International has made an acquisition to expand food safety and quality services to a wider New Zealand and Australian food manufacturer and retail market.

Crystal Diagnostics inks agreement with Hardy Diagnostics

Crystal Diagnostics (CDx) has signed an agreement with Hardy Diagnostics to sell and distribute its pathogen detection platform in North America.

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ReposiTrak says users could see lower insurance rates

ReposiTrak has partnered with the Leavitt Group to assist users of its Compliance Management System to get lower insurance rates. 

Mérieux NutriSciences hits 21 countries with acquisition in Chile

Chile has become the twenty-first country where Mérieux NutriSciences operates after the firm acquired Labser Laboratorio de Analisis y de Servicios avanzados (Labser).

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Torn & Glasser buys RF Biocidics machine

Torn & Glasser has bought an system from RF Biocidics that uses radio frequency technology to eliminate possible contaminants from foods.

Bio-Rad joins Mars and IBM-led food safety consortium

Bio-Rad Laboratories has joined a consortium set up by IBM Research and Mars to categorize microorganisms and what influences their activity in a normal factory environment.

Muddy Boots targets growth for quality management system

Muddy Boots is to launch a quality control iPad app this year as part of a drive to grow across the supply chain and in Europe.

Döhler launches test kit to help craft and microbreweries

Döhler has launched a test kit to analyse contaminants found in the beer brewing process and the hygiene of production and dispensing units.

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E. coli O157:H7 PCR assay validated by AFNOR

A Thermo Scientific assay to detect E. coli O157:H7 has been granted a NF VALIDATION certificate by AFNOR Certification.

Metal contamination fear prompts Sainsbury's own-label bread recall in UK

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's has recalled some of its own-label bread over fear the loaves are contaminated with metal.

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Mekitec reveals X-ray inspection supply partnership

Mekitec has partnered with Bizerba to supply its Meki range of inspection systems in the Americas.

China direct

Are China’s food woes caused by its wretched environment?

China’s worsening environmental problems have garnered massive attention from the international community (writes Paul O’Brien of Chemlinked). 

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Micro Imaging Technology adds S. aureus to system

Micro Imaging Technology’s pathogen detection system can now identify Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).

Food companies must bring “A” game when handling recall - Stericycle

Increased regulation and consumer awareness are challenging food companies to bring their “A” game and prioritize consumer safety when it comes to recalls, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

Majority of manufacturers feeling impact from FSMA - Aptean

More than three-quarters of manufacturing customers have experienced some level of impact from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to Aptean.

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