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Bisphenol A levels in cans triggers call for ban

Tests have revealed the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in the linings of beverage cans and some of the drinks themselves, including ones made by Nestle and Red Bull, said...

Third party food safety certification vital for consumers

Evidence that food product safety has been verified by a third party certification scheme is more important to consumers than brand name, proof of traceability or government inspection, said...

UK introduces voluntary COOL code for pork

A new country of origin labelling (COOL) code of practice for pork introduced in the UK yesterday will benefit meat processors, producers and consumers, said one industry body.

China melamine-tainted milk health threats assessed

Tens of thousands of Chinese children sickened by melamine-tainted milk showed signs of kidney damage months afterwards - with the potential for long-term harm a serious concern, said new research.

Romanian industry fears junk food black market and fraud

The Romanian food industry association Romalimenta Federation believes the proposed junk food tax will boost the black market and stimulate fiscal fraud, and in the worst case could harm food...

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Banning energy drinks is a doomed shot in the dark

Energy shot drinks have come under fire from German authorities which are employing an old-school prohibition logic that history has repeatedly dunce-hatted.

California may name and shame BPA as toxin

The controversial chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) could be listed as a toxin by the Californian Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

Prolactal “deeply shocked” by listeria cheese deaths

Austrian and German health authorities have revealed that six people died last year after eating listeria contaminated cheese made by Prolactal.

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Most melamine contaminated product destroyed, says China

China declared this week that most melamine-tainted dairy products have been destroyed over the past three months.

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Do drink makers have stomach for anti-obesity fight?

Bravo! The beverage industry has responded enthusiastically to Mrs. Obama’s campaign to tackle childhood obesity - but there’d better be more than froth behind that sparkling rhetoric.

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FAO launches Haiti food security tool

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has launched a new tool to help aid agencies and NGOs measure the food security situation in Haiti following last month’s earthquake.

French bisphenol A opinion puts debate back on scientific ground

A European plastics industry body has hailed a decision by the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) to use scientific rather than political considerations to guide its ongoing evaluation of...

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French censured over bisphenol A stance

The French Food Safety Agency’s (AFSSA) opinion on bisphenol A is confused and it has been sidetracked by conflicting results from animal studies, said a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Cargill to video meat safety practices

Cargill is piloting the use of video monitoring at its US beef plants in order to reduce the risk of E.coli and salmonella contamination.

Companies should collaborate to fight food fraud: Report

Greater collaboration and information sharing could help the food industry tackle food fraud, according to a new report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and consulting firm AT Kearney.

Coca-Cola faces mercury poisoning cases in China

Coca-Cola brand Sprite has been caught up in a Chinese investigation into two cases of alleged mercury poisoning.

Bacteria concerns raised in leafy green packaged salads

The Consumers Union (CU) has urged the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set performance standards for leafy greens after its latest survey revealed some packaged salads contained high...

EFSA to convene bisphenol A summit

A group of international experts are to be invited to a top level summit on bisphenol A (BPA) by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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No bitter battle over salt science

Excess salt can cause hypertension, heart disease, death. That’s the scientific consensus behind public health campaigns to reduce consumption of sodium chloride in the diet. But not everyone reads the...

Campylobacteriosis and Salmonella cases fall in EU

Campylobacteriosis and Salmonella remained the most common zoonotic diseases in humans in the European Union during 2008 - but incidences of both have fallen, said the region’s food safety watchdog.

Chicken major source of campylobacteriosis in EU

Chicken meat could account for almost a third of all human cases of campylobacteriosis in the EU said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

FDA urged to explain plan for dual regs on bisphenol A

The US chemical industry said it needs more information on a call by the FDA for plastic manufacturers to submit products containing bisphenol A (BPA) to a different regulatory system.

Acrylamide formation higher in dry fat-rich foods: Study

Dry food containing low amounts of carbohydrates are at risk of increased acrylamide levels, says a new study sponsored by the European Science Foundation.

Canadian food safety system slammed

The Canadian food safety system is a fragmented patchwork of regional structures that has failed to keep pace with advances in knowledge, according to research published this week.

EFSA consults on antimicrobial treatments in meat

EFSA has asked for feedback on its revised guidelines for the submitting of dossiers on substances to be used in tackling microbial contamination on the surfaces of meat.

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