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New processing toxins linked with aging diseases

A new class of toxins produced when meats and cheeses are grilled, fried or broiled, can lead to a host of diseases associated with aging, say researchers.

Packaging PFOAs found in newborns

A new study showing that perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) is showing up in newborn babies has again raised concerns about the chemical's use as a protective coating on some food packaging.

Weekly Comment

Ditch the marketing madness

Marketing strategies - two words that incorporate everything from pseudo scientific research to shock value advertising campaigns. But shouldn't honesty be the best policy?

Cadbury charged in salmonella contamination case

Cadbury and some of its managers face prosecution for allegedly ignoring a case of salmonella contamination at one of the company's UK plants.

Bernard Matthews' bird flu payout criticised

The UK turkey producer at the centre of an avian influenza outbreak earlier this year is to be compensated nearly £600,000 (€885,000) despite receiving criticism in an official report published yesterday.

EU launches study on Salmonella in pigs

The EU's food safety agency will assess the public health risks posed by the presence of Salmonella in pigs.

Mass poisonings highlight China food safety concerns

The Chinese government is likely to come under further pressure to review its safety procedures following a recent wave of food poisoning outbreaks in the country.

Irish meat imports into UK breach BSE regulations, says report

Several batches of beef recently imported to the UK from Ireland were found to contain material banned under laws designed to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from entering the supply...

Perspectives for Food 2030

EU research needs conference begins

About 150 experts are gathering here today in Belgium's capital city for a peak into the future of the food industry.

Weekly comment

Food contamination: time for action

At a time when so many resources are being pumped into improving consumer health through food, it is pitifully ironic that more and more people are getting sick or dying...

Leatherhead forms food industry NanoWatch group

Leatherhead Food International is forming a new working group to investigate the use of nanotechnology in the food and drink industry, with particular emphasis on ingredients and hydrocolloids.

Senator calls for labeling of cloned foods

California State Senator Carole Migden has unveiled legislation that would require the clear labeling of meat and milk from cloned animals.

Ethyl Carbamate in food, drink as dangerous as diesel

The attention of product developers is turning towards health risks posed by ethyl carbamate, a naturally ocurring substance in fermented food and beverage products that is now classed as dangerous...

Snack brands slammed over secret sugars

UK consumer watchdog Which? has hit out at several snack and ready meal brands for their 'hidden' sugar content.

Monsanto disputes hormone-free dairy claims - again

The ongoing battle between Monsanto and dairy producers who do not use the firm's milk-producing hormone rBST has stepped up a notch, with the biotech and chemicals giant requesting action...

Salmonella infects one in four chickens for meat

Salmonella infects one in four chickens in flocks reared for meat, according to European survey findings published yesterday.

Groups hail Euro vote to keep GM out of organic foods

Organic food and environmental groups have welcomed a European Parliament decision to set the threshold for genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in organic food at the lowest level possible - quelling fears...

Guest article

What to do when FDA shows up at your door

Being prepared for a US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) inspection requires advanced and effective planning and, for nutraceutical companies whose products do not require FDA pre-approval, it may be...

USDA identifies rice in latest GM contamination

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified the source of a recent GM contamination in rice, and has said that it poses no food safety concerns.

Review slams FDA report on food from clones

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) risk assessment on meat and milk from cloned animals is based on "flawed assumptions and misrepresented findings", according to an independent review. ...

EU aflatoxin peanut project completed

A European project has reported success in controlling aflatoxin contamination in peanuts, a product that has seen its export value fall in recent years.

EFSA to review Monsanto maize concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has revealed that it will review the new data presented by French scientists that revealed toxicity concerns in rats fed the MON863 variety of...

Fungicide research helps fight wheat disease

The field performance of fungicides used to prevent the spread of foliar disease in wheat has decreased significantly within the last decade, according to UK cereal association, the Home Grown...

Statement reveals breakdown in UK food safety

About 900 tonnes of poulty meat passed through a UK farm infected with bird flu and into the food chain during an outbreak of the disease last month, according to...

EU considers allowing cloned meat, milk on market

Meat and milk from cloned animals could soon become available in the EU, depending on the outcome of a European Food Safety Authority scientific review.

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