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Beef recall sparks tenderization debate

A multi-state beef recall in the US has led to renewed focus on mechanical tenderization as a possible cause of increased E. coli risk in beef and pork products.

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Infant nut risk prompts call for packaging warnings

The danger of suffocation for infants from swallowing nuts is far higher than that from toys, said the German risk body as it called for warnings to be printed on...

New salmonella hazard uncovered for egg processors

Wooden shelving on carts typically used for transporting eggs into processing plants can harbour salmonella-causing bacteria, a new study from the US Department of Agriculture has warned.


Time to speed sustainable palm oil supply

Global food giants have vowed to source all their palm oil sustainably by 2015 – but consumer pressure could grease the wheels for more rapid change.

New fears surface over bisphenol A

Opponents of bisphenol A (BPA) have received added ammunition as new research on the chemical raised fresh health concerns, while a leading US federal official told consumers to avoid the...

EFSA reaffirms safety of Monsanto rapeseed oil

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reaffirmed the safety of Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) GT73 oilseed rape, stating that it is unlikely to have a detrimental effect on human...

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German organisation BfR explains food risk assessment process

The German risk assessor Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) has released a brochure assessing cadmium intake through foods as an example of how food risks are scientifically reviewed.


Bisphenol A becomes test of leadership for FDA

Each day the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dithers in delivering its verdict on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), its authority is diminished and its credibility wanes.

Leatherhead members back food quality study

Leatherhead Food Research has revealed six research projects chosen by its members for 2010-2011, with strongest support for a study into freshness and food quality indicators.

BPA decision soon, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would issue its overdue decision of the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) soon but refused to set a date or say...

FSA drops specific targets in latest 5-year plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has avoided specific targets in its latest strategic plan for 2010-2015, opting instead for five simple safety and health goals.

UN agencies to hold bisphenol A safety summit

Two United Nations bodies are to convene an international meeting on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging over growing anxiety of the chemical’s possible threat to human...


Counting the human cost of recession

Return to profitability. It’s a phrase that businesses have been yearning for, but as more of them are starting to use it, it’s time to ask: At what cost?...

Acrylamide poised for inclusion on EU hazardous chem list

Acrylamide has been added to the candidate list for inclusion on the European Union’s Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) following a unanimous decision by an expert panel.

Plastics industry rejects call for UK bisphenol A ban

A campaign to ban bisphenol A in the UK has been branded “misleading” by the UK plastics industry as it declared the chemical was safe for use in food packaging.

Investment group seeks urgent FDA ruling on BPA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is failing in its job to protect consumers from exposure to chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) by missing the publication deadline on...

Eggs linked to UK salmonella hike

UK safety authorities have highlighted a trebling in the number of salmonella cases reported this year– with eggs imported from Spain investigated as one possible source for almost a third...

UK experts call for bisphenol A ban

A raft of experts and charities have today urged the UK Government to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles because of “compelling scientific evidence” linking it to cancer and...

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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).

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