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Dual system to boost marine biotoxin detection in shellfish

The French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) said it now has all the tools in place for detecting regulated lipophilic toxins in shellfish using a chemical test instead of the unreliable...

No safety concerns over Ferric sodium EDTA, finds EFSA

Ferric sodium EDTA can be safely used in food supplements, a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel has found after reviewing the nutrient.


Why Haiti must stay on the CSR agenda

50,000 and counting. We'll probably never know exactly how many perished in the 7.0 earthquake that brought Haiti, quite literally, crashing down last Tuesday, 12th January 2010, just before 5pm....

EFSA to evaluate FDA decision on bisphenol A

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said it would be contacting the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week to discuss its verdict that bisphenol A (BPA) is now...

FDA verdict on bisphenol A provokes divided US response

Trade bodies and environmental groups in the US have delivered widely differing verdicts on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) update to its position on bisphenol A (BPA).

Tyson agrees to pay $5m in ‘antibiotic-free’ chicken settlement

Meat giant Tyson has agreed to pay $5m to settle a class action law suit brought by US consumers over claims its processed chicken was antibiotic free.

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Obama fills key food safety post

The Obama Administration has filled a key role within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its bid to bolster US food safety.

New study confirms bisphenol A link to heart disease

More evidence linking bisphenol A (BPA) to heart disease has been found by a group of researchers in the UK.

Food packaging sector responds to nanotech criticism

Experts have questioned the conclusions of a UK parliamentary report that the food packaging industry is too secretive about advances in nanotechnology.

Analyst unpicks impact of melamine scandal on Chinese dairy industry

A leading food analyst has warned that the latest Chinese melamine scandal will set back the local dairy industry at least two years.

Consumer group urges bisphenol A and phthalate phase out

An Australian consumer group has urged the food industry to phase out the use of bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates in packaging on health fears.

Melamine scandal 'potentially very damaging' to Chinese ingredients industry

A leading food analyst has warned that the latest Chinese melamine scandal could have a major impact on global trade in food ingredients.


Cold snap could last longer for food sector

“More snow on the way.” So say the weathermen, and Europe is stocking up and hunkering down for a long, cold winter. But while the fluffy flakes will halt, at...

Foodborne disease threat to global health security - WHO

Foodborne diseases are a risk to global health security and any solutions to bolster food safety must be international ones, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report has said.

FDA raids rat-infested US food processor facility

US federal marshals have seized more than $1m worth of goods in a raid on a food processor’s rodent infested facility in Nashville, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)....

Phthalate action plan draws industry fire

The publication of US Government action plans on how to manage risks posed by a range of controversial substances, including phthalates, has drawn stinging criticism from the chemical industry.

FDA moves to shut down listeria-tainted cheese facility

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it intends to close down a New Jersey cheese maker in the wake of listeria contamination and an alleged failure to...

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.

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