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EFSA delays bisphenol A verdict until September, maintains TDI

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will not deliver its opinion on bisphenol A until September, saying its experts needed more time to review the 800 research studies on the substance.

Heinz Australia vows bisphenol A phase out in baby food packaging

Heinz Australia said it plans to phase out use of bisphenol A (BPA) in all its baby food packaging in response to mounting consumer fears over the substance.

Food safety metrics and partnerships are key, say US agencies

Federal bodies in the United States are to hold public meetings to outline new proposals on how to measure food safety, with one senior figure warning that if initiatives weren’t...

Australia introduces voluntary bisphenol A phase out

International pressure to eliminate bisphenol A from food contact materials intensified yesterday after the Australian Government unveiled a deal with major retailers to begin the immediate phasing out of baby...

Survey assesses Gulf spill’s impact on seafood consumption

A new survey has found that more than half of Americans have changed their seafood consumption as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – and nearly a...

Germany highlights risks from packaged sprouts and salads

High bacteria loads observed in fresh packaged sprouts and ready-to-eat salads are likely caused by a combination of factors including poor processing hygiene and humid conditions fostered inside plastic...

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Where next for ingredients since Cognis and National Starch?

‘Billion dollar deal’ was not a phrase bandied about the food ingredients industry much last year. With BASF buying Cognis for €3.1bn and Corn Products International paying $1.3bn for National...

Scientists slam EFSA over bisphenol A, call to curb exposure

Hundreds of studies providing “overwhelming scientific evidence” of the harm caused by bisphenol A (BPA) are being dismissed by regulatory agencies because they don’t conform with the outdated safety...

Nestle critical of selenium health claim ruling

Influential New York-based, food policy academic Marion Nestle says a recent court action ordering the FDA to remove lengthy disclaimers from selenium health claims will open the floodgates to misleading...

US food body responds to lead in food allegations

Product safety and adherence to best manufacturing practices are top priorities for food companies, said a leading US industry body in response to allegations that higher-than permitted-levels of lead have...

EFSA rules out H1N1 risk to humans from meat

The meat processing industry has welcomed a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ruling out the risk of humans contracting the H1N1 virus from pork, pork products, turkey...

FDA, NOAA increase Gulf of Mexico seafood safety efforts

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it is increasing its efforts to ensure the safety of fish and seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, and has released new...

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Four steps to improve food safety in India

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India (ASSOCHAM) has proposed a four-pronged strategy to help businesses implement demanding food standards legislation.

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World Cup is an own goal for food culture

Sorry guys, the World Cup is not all about football. It’s about food too, and this year’s tournament should kick off a whole new debate about our sporting food culture....

UK targets campylobacter as chief food safety foe

Campylobacter in raw chicken is the biggest food safety challenge facing the UK today, said the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as it admitted the cost and burden of foodborne illnesses...

EFSA calls for fresh data on cloned animals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is appealing for new data on the health and welfare of cloned farm animals as the debate on their regulatory status continues.

Germany agency calls for limits on BPA usage

Manufacturers, importers and users of bisphenol A (BPA) should use alternative substances that pose less risk to human health and the environment, advises Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

Precaution should be watchword of FDA, says IOM

The Food and Drug Administration is not currently equipped to handle food safety problems and needs to switch to a risk based system, argues a report from the Institute of...

FSA tackles campylobacter with new five-year roadmap

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a fresh assault on foodborne illness with a new five-year strategy for reducing food poisoning.

Chicken processor faces record fine for repeat violations

A US chicken processor employing over 3,000 people is a facing a record fine of over $1m for repeated health and safety violations.

New studies fail to challenge opinion on ochratoxin A, says EFSA

New research does not contradict or change the conclusions drawn in the European Food Safety Authority’s opinion on ochratoxin A (OTA) in foods such as cocoa products and liquorice, claims...

No risk from bisphenol A in canned food - Health Canada

Exposure to bisphenol A from canned food poses no health risk to the general population, Health Canada has said after conducting a survey into levels of the chemical in 78 products.

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Japan and China sign food safety pact

Officials from Japan and China reached a bilateral agreement Monday to improve food safety standards and restore confidence.

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Scientific failings are the organic industry’s gain

Are organic foods healthier? The sad truth is that nearly 100,000 studies later, we just don't know. Meanwhile, this lack of certainty presents major business opportunities for the organic food industry.

Trans fat switch-out has not caused sat fat surge: Study

Fears that saturated fat content of foods would skyrocket as manufacturers switched out trans fats have proved to be unfounded, according to a new study published in the New England...

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