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US trains Bangladesh on aquaculture safety

Experts from a US food safety watchdog are training scientists from Bangladesh on techniques to help eliminate health hazards from the country’s burgeoning aquaculture industry.

UK calls off public dialogue on GM

UK ministers have called off a public dialogue on genetic modification (GM), which had been requested by the previous government to explore consumers’ views and concerns surrounding the use of...

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Largest salmonella outbreak in years linked to duck eggs

The largest outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium DT8 in recent years in Ireland has been found to be linked to duck eggs, according to an ongoing investigation.

Pfizer investigation over spring in baby milk container

Leading baby milk manufacturer, SMA has launched an investigation after a mother made claims about finding a rusty spring in one of its can containers.

Significant rise in undeclared EU food ingredient allergen warnings

2009 saw a significant rise in EU allergen warnings relating to undeclared milk ingredients and sulphites, according to the annual report of union food safety reporting body the RASFF.

Iron fortified infant foods may not be delivering: Study

Infant formula fortified with ferrous fumerate may not be providing as much iron as first thought, according to a new study.

Foodborne illness survivors urge immediate vote on food safety bill

Foodborne illness survivors and consumer organizations met in Washington on Wednesday to urge senators to vote on the food safety bill that has been awaiting consideration since November.

Barry Callebaut optimises dairy-free milk chocolate alternative

A hike in demand for lactose free products prompted leading industrial chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut to reformulate a 100 per cent dairy free alternative to milk chocolate.

Study raises concerns over aluminium levels in infant formula

A host of infant formula brands are “significantly contaminated” with high levels of aluminium, according to new research from the UK.

Swedish agencies map out bisphenol A action plan

Sweden's food safety and chemical agencies met last week to begin mapping out an action plan to decide if the country would impose a national ban on bisphenol A (BPA).

Bisphenol A alters male testosterone levels, claims breakthrough study

A breakthrough study claims to have demonstrated for the first time that bisphenol A (BPA) can cause changes in male human sex hormones.

Canada to add bisphenol A to toxic register in face of industry protests

Canada has confirmed bisphenol A (BPA) is to be added to its national register of toxic substances after dismissing industry calls to review its stance on the chemical.

China makes arrests after latest melamine scare

Chinese police have arrested six people for allegedly distributing melamine tainted milk powder, following the seizure of more contaminated materials in July.

FSA to review strategies to prevent E.coli outbreaks

UK food safety watchdog, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to review strategies designed to reduce the shedding of E. coli 0157 by ruminant livestock.

Food safety concerns driving manufacturer and consumer behaviors: Survey

Manufacturers have changed their practices to respond to food safety concerns, as US consumers claim to have changed their shopping habits, according to a new survey from Michigan State University.

Review finds reasons for standardised welfare labelling

Welfare labelling of animal-based products and reliable monitoring methods could help meet growing demand for specific consumer segments, and promote higher incomes for those welfare food supply, according to a...

Chinese investigation clears Synutra milk powder

The Chinese health ministry has found no link between Synutra International milk powder products and recent cases of premature breast development among infant girls.

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‘MacStatins’ are not the answer to unhealthy food

Do you want a statin with that cheeseburger and milkshake? Touting pharmaceuticals as the neutralisers of fast food is not the answer to unhealthy diets and even the suggestion sends...

Belgian food safety authorities not concerned by clones

Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow, raised and slaughtered in the UK has been exported to Belgium, the UK’s Food Standards Agency has confirmed. But Belgian authorities say...

EFSA reports on PCB levels in foods

Fish, raw milk, dairy and egg products are foods containing the highest levels of non dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (NDL PCBs), while fruit and vegetables have the lowest traces, said the...

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Russians lift restrictions on Finnish dairy products

Recently imposed restrictions on the export of Finnish dairy products to Russia are to be lifted at the end of the week.

EFSA needs more data on furan formation in foods

The European Food Safety Authority is urging member states to step up monitoring of the carcinogen furan in food products, in a bid to amass enough data to inform a...

FSA investigates claims of ‘cloned’ milk in UK

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it is investigating claims that milk from a cloned cow has entered the nation’s dairy supply.

Children seeing fewer 'high fat' food adverts, says UK watchdog

UK Media watchdog Ofcom has found that children are exposed to less high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) products through TV advertising since 2005 and it sees no need to...

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Nanotechnology in food: What’s the big idea?

Let's get talking about nanotech. The science of the very small has filled the food industry with big ideas – but industry is torn on how to present nanotechnology to...

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