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Sweet success as bakery installs Loma X-ray inspection machine

Changing retailer codes of practice and business growth have driven a cake and dessert producer to install an X-ray detection machine from Loma Systems.

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Dr Donald Zink joins IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group

Dr Donald Zink has joined IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group (IEH) as president of Foods and Regulatory Compliance.

Importance of data-driven operations growing - InfinityQS

Manufacturers are recognizing the value of data-driven manufacturing operations to ensure consumer safety, according to InfinityQS International.

Unite: PHE lab closures would be ‘major blow’

Unite the union has called rumours that Public Health England (PHE) will close two laboratories ‘worrying’.

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Fortress claims 100% increase in stainless steel detection

Fortress Technology claims it can increase stainless steel detection by 100% compared to recent generations of metal detectors.

FSA: More than three-quarters of chickens positive for Campylobacter

More than three quarters of chickens sampled tested positive for Campylobacter, according to the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

'This is a seminal moment for food safety and flavours,' say smoke flavour innovators

Using a patented molecular filtration technique, UK company Besmoke says it can create smoke with an improved flavour profile – and without the carcinogens.

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NutriFresh to increase HPP capacity to 100m pounds a year

NutriFresh Services has purchased its third Hiperbaric High Pressure Processing (HPP) machine saying it will boost capacity to more than 100 million pounds per year.

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SOFHT allergens conference speakers revealed

Product recalls and withdrawals due to allergen mislabelling are on the increase, according to the Society of Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT).

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Microbiology laboratories play ‘pivotal’ role in food safety – Campden BRI

Microbiology laboratories play a pivotal role in ensuring food and drink is safe, according to Campden BRI.

GENE-UP system simplifies lab workflow - bioMérieux

bioMérieux has launched a PCR-based molecular diagnostic system to detect microorganisms (bacteria and viruses).

FSA to publish new batch of Campylobacter results

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) will publish results from the first quarter of the second year of Campylobacter testing at retail later this week (19 November).

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Mérieux NutriSciences sets sights on combatting olive oil fraud

Mérieux NutriSciences has developed a method to help fight against olive oil adulteration.

Neogen launches test to detect E. coli O157:H7

Neogen Corporation has developed a test to detect E. coli O157:H7 which provides results within 12-24 hours.

Italy investigating olive oil fraud allegations

Italy’s antitrust agency is investigating seven olive oil producers due to concerns about the quality of products supposed to be the ‘extra virgin’ variety.  

A new generation of Salmonella testing with 3M assay

3M Food Safety has launched a molecular detection assay for Salmonella and has already gained AOAC PTM certification.

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EFSA and FSCJ renew cooperation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Food Safety Commission of Japan (FSCJ) have renewed their memorandum of cooperation.

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Eurofins approved as gluten-free third party auditing company

Eurofins has been inducted into the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) as a newly trained and approved third party auditing and certification company.

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Abstracts open for IAFP 2016

Abstracts can now be submitted for the 2016 International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) event next year.

Partnerships and acquisitions part of Genetic ID plan

Partnerships, acquisition and new services are high on the agenda, according to Genetic ID Europe’s new managing director.

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Western Graphite to acquire Atmosphere Global

Western Graphite has acquired Atmosphere Global for an undisclosed amount.

Making food safer globally: Mars partners with FAO

Mars has signed a partnership agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN).

More than 3bn cans will have used coating by end of 2015 – PPG

More than three billion food cans will have used Nutrishield Solista spray coatings by the end of 2015, according to PPG Industries' packaging coatings’ business.

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SGS acquires stake in sensor analytics firm

SGS has acquired a stake in Savi Technology to boost its analytics capacity.  

Mérieux NutriSciences becomes Danone’s partner for food safety testing

Mérieux NutriSciences has become Danone’s partner for routine food safety testing worldwide.

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