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Viavi launches probe for point & shoot analysis

Viavi Solutions has launched a tablet probe that provides users with a portable spectral sensing option for point and shoot material analysis.

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GFSI seeks to fill new technical working group positions

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is looking for participants in a new Biocides and Cleaning Agents Technical Working Group (TWG).

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Roka Bioscience to sell assets to IEH for $17.5m

Roka Bioscience is to sell its assets to the Institute for Environmental Health (IEH) for $17.5m.

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Ribena recalled in Malaysia

The manufacturer of Ribena has recalled some batches of the fruit drink in Malaysia over a “manufacturing error”.

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Global ID acquires Brazilian testing lab

The Global ID Group (Global ID) has acquired a food safety testing lab in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 

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Delaware extends funding program to include third party food safety audits

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) is extending a funding program for fruit and veg growers to include any third party food safety audit.

Eurofins expands in Japan with two acquisitions

Eurofins Scientific has acquired Japan Analytical Chemistry Consultants Co. (JACC) and Ecopro Research K.K. (Ecopro) for undisclosed amounts.

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PassTrac Analytics helps meat firms enhance food safety programs

PassTrac Analytics has partnered with a company that uses predictive modeling and prescriptive analytics technology to enhance the food safety programs of meat protein companies.

Ecolab takes advantage of consumer attention on food quality

Ecolab is planning to expand its food safety business from southern China to the northern part of the country.

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FSSC 22000 launches version 4.1

FSSC 22000 has launched version 4.1 of its food safety and quality management system certification scheme.

JBS hires former USDA food safety chief

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has appointed the former head of the US government’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to overhaul meat quality control, following earlier claims of unhygienic standards.

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AFCO deal will create F&B business segment - Zep

Zep Inc is to purchase AFCO for an undisclosed amount with the deal expected to close in August.

Bureau Veritas targets on-site aflatoxin testing

Bureau Veritas and Schutter Group have introduced an aflatoxin pre-shipment inspection and quality control process.

Neogen develops Listeria test with no enrichment

Neogen Corporation has launched a test that detects Listeria in environmental samples without the need for enrichment.

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Aptean: ‘Investments in CRM systems within the F&B industry have been low’

‘The Food and Drink manufacturing industry is typically an arena of tight margins.

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Bunzl targets growth in large and fragmented French market

Bunzl has made an undisclosed binding offer to acquire a group of businesses in France and has purchased a marketing services firm in the UK.

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Authenticate IS to give technical compliance insight as SOFHT member

Authenticate IS has joined The Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) as a Supporting Company Member. 

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Novolyze wins IAFP award

Novolyze has won the 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).

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Tecna targets antibiotic residues in food

Tecna has released an ELISA test kit for the quantitative detection of antibiotic residues in food.

Provenance secures $800k funding to track fresh produce from origin to supermarket

British tech startup Provenance has secured $800k (£650k) in private investment to fund an ongoing grant for its blockchain-backed software launching 100 transparent products in October.

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OctoFrost Group acquires Innotec Systems

OctoFrost Group has acquired Innotec Systems, which manufactures food processing machinery and processing lines including thermal processes for blanching, cooking and chilling.

Reaction as 66 people arrested in trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption

Spanish police and Europol have arrested 66 people who were operating an organized crime unit trading horsemeat in Europe that was unfit for human consumption.

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Bühler helps Blåtand’s berry business

Blåtand has invested in optical sorting technology from Bühler as it gears up for growth and expansion into new markets.

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Roka Bioscience gets AOAC certification for Listeria

Roka Bioscience has received the AOAC Performance Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI).

Certus Listeria detection system to launch early 2018

Certus will launch its first pathogen detection and environmental monitoring system early next year for Listeria spp.

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