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No bisphenol A decision yet - FDA

The US Government failed yesterday to meet its own deadline for delivering a ruling on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).

Chicken survey finds two-thirds harbour salmonella, campylobacter

A consumer survey has found salmonella and/or campylobacter in about two-thirds of chickens tested in the US.


Krill conflict could threaten omega-3 potential

The krill category and the science backing it are still emerging, but there are many who believe krill extracts have the potential to 'go big' in the healthy foods arena....

FDA could delay decision on bisphenol A

The US government ruling on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), due to be delivered later today, could be delayed as officials plead for more time to review the wealth...

France defines GMO-free labelling threshold

The French government’s advisory council on biotechnology has outlined rules for a voluntary GMO-free labelling system in a new report.

Business opportunities in sustainable ingredients

Developing a sustainability strategy makes sense for food ingredients companies to ensure security of supply, to leverage brand opportunity in innovations, and to realise returns on investment in agriculture, says...

Consumers want better GM labelling: Report

Consumers think that current labelling regulation for genetically modified (GM) foods is inadequate, according to a new report from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

ConAgra explosion kills fourth person

A fourth person has died from injuries sustained from the explosion at a ConAgra food processing plant last summer.

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China, Japan, South Korea sign food safety pact

China, Japan and South Korea have signed a food safety pact in the wake of concern over Chinese-made food exports.


Food prices face a welcome perfect storm

There’s a perfect storm building for food prices. You don’t have to scan the horizon to see the signs; the clouds are developing all around us - at a faster...

Irish company fined for serious safety breaches

An Irish seafood company has be ordered to almost €55,000 after admitting flouting 10 safety standards that led to 219 reported food poisoning cases in France and contaminated product being shipped worldwide.

Scientist defends study linking phthalates to feminising boys

The leading scientist of research that suggests boys exposed to phthalates during pregnancy have more feminine play habits has defended the report after a chemical industry body disputed its reliability.

Bill to ban bisphenol A introduced in US

New legislation that would impose a nationwide ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in all food packaging products used by children has been proposed by US Senator Charles Schumer.

US dairy industry plea to boost raw milk regulation

Raw milk products pose a “significant food safety hazard” and facilities that make them should be covered by the new food safety bill, said the two largest US dairy...

Exposure to nano titanium dioxide could up cancer risk, says study

There may be a potential risk of cancer and genetic disorders for individuals working with high concentrations of titanium dioxide nanoparticles, according to US scientists.


Alleviation of hunger should top CSR agenda

Climate change dominates the CSR agenda but new USDA figures on food insecurity are a sharp reminder that alleviating poverty and hunger should always be the top priority.

Bisphenol A link to male sexual dysfunction challenged

A new study linking high-level workplace exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) to male sexual dysfunction has limited relevance to consumers, said the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

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Indiana dry milk processor gets grade A certification

PacMoore , an Indiana-based manufacturer of dry milk products, has received grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) certification.

IFT reviews food traceability

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has released a report examining food traceability, with the aim of reducing foodborne illness by making it easier to trace food along the entire...

FDA postpones raw oyster ban

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has back-tracked on its plans to ban the sale of raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico during warm months amid mounting industry...

Risk of infant, foetal mortality from Listeria higher than believed

Listeria monocytogenes could present a high risk to unborn babies and infants at significantly lower levels than previously believed, new research has suggested.

Male impotence risk from bisphenol A exposure - Study

High-level exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) in the workplace could increase the risk of male sexual dysfunction, including erectile and ejaculation problems, new research has said.

Study reconfirms bisphenol A safety, says industry

Trade bodies on both sides of the Atlantic have welcomed a recent study sponsored by a US Government agency that bisphenol A (BPA) has no adverse effect on the reproductive...

Fructose sweeteners may promote Syndrome X

‘Moderate’ consumption of fructose-containing sweeteners may produce ‘modest but significant changes’ that may contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome, says a new rat study.

FDA calls meeting to improve food traceability systems

Federal agencies in the United States need to increase the speed and accuracy of traceability systems to combat outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, said the FDA as it called a public...

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