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Labs effective at measuring metals in seafood, finds EC study

A study which indicates the competence of global laboratories to measure heavy metals in seafood should enhance consumer confidence but there are concerns over arsenic estimates, according to a report...

Should nanomaterials be listed on food labels?

Why is Tesco the only major retailer to use carbon footprint labels? Should nanomaterials be listed on food labels? Do shoppers really care about country of origin labelling? What does...

Commission urged to ban BPA in all food packaging

EU advocacy group, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), is calling for a ban on BPA in all food packaging, following the news that the European Commission has launched discussions on...

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European Commission wants ban on bisphenol A in baby bottles

The European Commission said it wants to introduce a region-wide ban on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and has launched discussions with member states over the...

Flawed practices by US processors obstacles to food safety - report

A reluctance on the part of processors to reform practices, their ageing facilities and poorly designed equipment are ‘obstacles to processing food safely’, according to a report from the American...

European consumers deliver verdict on food risks

Chemical contamination tops European consumer fears over food related risks, closely followed by antibiotic and hormones in meat, animal cloning and pollutants, according to a new survey commissioned by the...

Lead levels in canned fruits and juices pose no health risk - FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed it has detected lead in a range of canned fruit and juice products – but said the levels were too low to...

EFSA updates GM risk assessment guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated its guidance for assessing the environmental risk that genetically modified plants may pose to take account of new scientific expertise.

Bisphenol A levels in food too low to pose health problems

Food is the major source of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) but that levels of the chemical in the human body are very low and quickly eliminated said an international...

Chinese milk industry still recovering from melamine crisis: GAIN Report

The Chinese milk industry is still struggling to recover from the effect of the melamine crisis that rocked the industry in September 2008, says the latest report from USDA’s Global...

PFCAs migrating from some packaging linings - study

Chemicals used in the linings of packaging such as fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are leaching into foods, adding to human chemical blood contamination, a new study has claimed.

No red or processed meat link to prostate cancer: Meta-analysis

Dietary intake of red meat or processed meat has no positive association with the occurrence of prostate cancer, according to a new meta-analysis of 26 studies.

EFSA publishes guidance on food safety data exchange

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released a guidance document on data exchange as part of a wider project to harmonise data collection methods related to food and feed...

Test consensus urged to avoid divergent opinions on substances such as BPA

International consensus is needed on testing strategies to determine the endocrine activities of substances that may be hazardous to human health such as food and drink packaging component, BPA, claims...

Forum explores options for minimising mineral oil migration risk

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany has outlined strategies for minimising potential health risks from the migration into food of mineral oil from cardboard packs made from...

Gulf seafood is safe for consumption, says NOAA

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed a method to test for chemical dispersants in seafood from the Gulf of Mexico – and has found the chemicals are at...

EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has struck a blow to the confectionery industry by saying there is not enough evidence to support a link between cocoa flavanols and...

Probi ‘not affected’ by EFSA rejection of health claim

Probi says its business will not be affected by a recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ruling that there is not enough evidence linking a proprietary probiotic strain to a...

FDA warns Mead Johnson over infant formula packaging

Mead Johnson Nutrition failed to supply US authorities with the proper details for some of its infant formula packaging prior to launching them onto the market, said the Food and...

FDF allergen guide aims to curb excess ‘may contain’ labelling

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in the UK has published an allergen guidance paper that aims to curb excessive use of precautionary ‘may contain’ labelling.

FDF seeks to curb excessive 'may contains' labelling

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) allergens steering group has published a paper setting out a best practice approach to allergen management that aims to tackle excessive ‘may contains’ labelling....

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FDA proposes food safety guidance for fresh-cut fruit and veg

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked for comments on proposed guidance for minimizing food safety hazards in fresh-cut fruit and vegetables.

Canada charts progress in wake of fatal Listeria outbreak

Canadian food safety officials said “considerable progress” has been made in overhauling the country’s food safety systems in the wake of the Maple Leaf Listeria outbreak that killed 23 in 2008.

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Egg recall salmonella illnesses top 1,800

Illnesses caused by salmonella-tainted eggs have topped 1,800, according to updated outbreak figures released by the Centers for Disease Control or Prevention (CDC).

Consumer fears spurring industry push for bisphenol A substitutes

Food and beverage companies are increasingly ditching bisphenol A (BPA) from food can linings in response to growing consumer concern over the chemical, according to a new report.

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