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Explosion at ConAgra food plant kills 2, injures scores

Two workers have died and dozens were injured after an explosion at a ConAgra food processing plant in the United States.

UK plan to scrap ‘best before’ food labels dismissed by industry group

UK Government proposals to overhaul its food labelling system in a bid to help slash the ₤10bn worth of food wasted annually have been rubbished by a food industry body.

Dioxins in food chain linked to breastfeeding problems

Dioxin exposure through the food chain during pregnancy could explain why some women have trouble breastfeeding or produce too little milk, new research suggests.

Authorities play down drink extract cocaine concerns

Decocainised coca leaf extract, which has been linked to the recent alleged discovery of traces of cocaine in some samples of Red Bull Simply Cola, will not face regulatory scrutiny...

FDA announces BPA safety review

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it is reviewing its advice that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in baby bottles and food containers, pledging to...

Neogen signs multi-million food safety deal with China

Neogen Corporation has announced it has signed a multi-million pound partnership agreement with the Chinese Government to research food safety issues specific to the country.

European safety watchdogs reaffirm belief in safety of BPA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) have no plans to re-examine their advice on bisphenol A (BPA) despite mounting concern in the United...

Industry body’s anger over claims of BPA whitewash campaign

The North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) has condemned reports that it was involved in a top level meeting to revamp the image of bisphenol A (BPA) by using a...

FDA failed over salmonella outbreak, says new chief

The recent outbreak of salmonella in the United States caused by contaminated peanut butter represented a “failure” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency’s new commissioner said this...

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Food safety group launches online resource site

An online food safety information site for consumers and those working in the area has been set up by the White House Food Safety Working Group.

Germans ban Red Bull over cocaine content

Red Bull Cola has been banned in at least six German states after the newest offering from the world’s leading energy drink maker was found to contain cocaine.

Lack of inspectors threatens Canadian meat safety, warns union

There are too few federal inspectors to guarantee the safety of meat in Canada, warns the agriculture union of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Acrylamide reduction not uniform across foods, EFSA

There is a general trend towards lower levels acrylamide in food products over time, EFSA has observed – but the decrease is not consistent across food groups and for some...

Food safety threat from reusable food bags and packages

Reusable food shopping bags and packages can contain a high level of bacteria, yeast, mold and coliform counts which pose a significant food safety risk, warns a new study...

Vaccination could stop salmonella food poisoning

The world’s first vaccination against the food poisoning bug salmonella could result from new research at the Institute of Food Research (IFR), Norwich, UK.

UK unveils new salt reduction targets

The Food Standards Agency has unveiled updated salt reduction targets for the food industry up to 2012, trimming back levels once more in some 80 categories of foods.


Different shades of green: Looking beyond carbon footprints

You can try your best to avoid it, but when it comes to measuring carbon footprint, almost everything we do these days, either as a business or individuals, is likely...

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FTC warns against swine flu scams

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned internet “pedders” to stop marketing products for the prevention of swine flu unless these are backed by science.

US grocery association launches food safety plan to cut salmonella

The US Grocery Manufacturers Association has launched what it terms “wide ranging” initiatives to step up protection against food-borne illnesses including salmonella.

Developing solutions to fight food fraud

Adulteration of food proteins - as seen in the recent melamine scandal - is becoming a greater threat to industry as the food supply has become more globalized and...


The quiet potential of supplements and fortified foods

What do companies like Vitamin Shoppe, Johnson & Johnson, DSM, Whole Foods, NBTY and even Pfizer have in common?

Denmark’s excessive salt intakes turns focus on food industry

Danish intakes of salt in Denmark are above current recommended levels, with processed foods the main source, according to new findings from Copenhagen.

Salmonella tops EFSA’s latest disease study

Salmonella remained the European Union’s most common cause of food-borne illness in 2007, according to the latest report from the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease...

Supplements are unregulated nostrums, says reputable journal

An editorial published in a reputable journal states that dietary supplements are “nostrums” that are unregulated by FDA and make vague health claims to avoid the need for validation.

FDA fails to reach state food safety audit targets

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken another blow as a US news organization published figures on Thursday showing it is failing to meet its goals for auditing...

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