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USP talks food fraud with Chinese Ministry of Agriculture

US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) laboratories has held a workshop with scientists from the China’s Ministry of Agriculture to highlight efforts on risk assessment and food quality.

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Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’...

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Aseptix signs global technology license with Ecolab

Aseptix Health Sciences has revealed a global license agreement with Ecolab.

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Bread volume method approved by AACCI

A method for finding bread volume has been approved by the American Association of Cereal Chemists – International (AACCI).

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Hygiena test for raw meat and fish residues

Hygiena International has introduced a rapid test system for acid phosphatase activity, a natural enzyme present in raw meat.

Retailer details direct-to-consumer education efforts

Walmart VP: To make gains in food safety, focus on behavior (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our series, Walmart vice president of food safety Frank Yiannas discusses how the company and its associates convey food safety messages to consumers.

Neogen inks deal for foothold in Asia

Neogen Corporation has acquired the food safety and veterinary genomic assets of its Chinese distributor, Beijing Anapure BioScientific Co.

EDC-Free Europe encourages public comments on EU consultation

The EDC-Free Europe coalition has launched an online platform in response to a consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs) by the European Commission.

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Qiagen Listeria assays get AOAC backing

Qiagen’s detection assays for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes have received AOAC Performance Tested Method (PTM) certification.

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Nairns Oatcakes installs second Loma system

Nairns Oatcakes has installed a second combined checkweigher and metal detector from Loma Systems.

Local Foods, Local Places supports food-focused economic development

White House selects communities to develop local food projects in 19 states

Six US federal agencies have jointly announced the 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, an initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community...

Third purchase this year reflects company’s aggressive growth strategy

Hungry for protein business, JBT Corporation acquires Wolf-tec for $54m

As part of its strategy to drive growth, create value, and improve profitability, food processing equipment provider JBT Corporation has purchased the assets of Wolf-tec, Inc for $54m. 

China

27 arrested for smuggling beef that had been banned amid BSE scare

After an 11-month manhunt, Chinese police have arrested 27 people suspected of being part of a smuggling ring that would bring beef into China at a time when BSE fears...

Ground beef recalled from Wal-Mart stores in Canada

Cargill reviewing processing & testing procedures after E. coli alert

Cargill Meat Solutions, in Winnipeg, Canada, is examining its processing and testing procedures after ground beef in distribution tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.

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FPD looks at how smart and software go together

Take a look around the factory floor, there is a fair chance somewhere something will be attached to some software.

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Put the pedal to the metal (detector)

Mettler Toledo has launched a metal detector with multi-simultaneous frequency technology to detect contaminants in foods with high moisture or salt content.

More reaction after FSA publishes Campylobacter in chicken results

PHE hopes Campylobacter findings encourage action

Public Health England (PHE) has said any initiative that helps reduce Campylobacter infections is welcomed after a UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey found 70% of chickens sold in UK...

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.

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