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Court bans ads claiming single-serve PET bottles pose health risk

A US court has issued an injunction against a steel container producer from making claims in advertisements that PET water bottles could pose a health risk to the public.

Denmark and France maintain bisphenol A ban

Denmark has said that unless Brussels imposes a Europe-wide ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials for young children it will not lift its own ban on the...

No increased concern from food process contaminants, FSA

Levels of acrylamide and a number of other process contaminants present in foods are not a cause for increased concern about the risk to human health, according to the latest...

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Up-to-date FAO reports may stop food price volatility

A system providing up-to-date information on global food stocks could prevent abrupt price hikes that could threaten food security.

Industry welcomes EFSA bisphenol A verdict as boost to consumer confidence

Industry bodies on both sides of the Atlantic have hailed the verdict from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that current safe intake levels for bisphenol A (BPA) should...

EFSA rejects bisphenol A concerns, reconfirms TDI

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said there is no new evidence to suggest the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for bisphenol A (BPA) needs to be changed as it reconfirmed...

GM salmon assessment ‘inappropriate’, say Senators

Eleven US Senators have signed a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging the agency to find another way to assess the safety of genetically engineered (GE) salmon.

Canadian food safety audit finds ‘deficiencies’ in tracking imports

An internal audit of Canadian food import safety systems has found deficiencies that heighten the risk of contaminated products entering the food supply, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has...

Baker Perkins line could cut allergen cross-contamination risk

A line of cookie, cracker and biscuit forming equipment has been upgraded to allow for different levels of hygiene requirements to suit various cleaning approaches and to eliminate the risk...

Human exposure to bisphenol A much higher than previous estimates - study

A leading scientist honoured for his research into bisphenol A (BPA) has urged regulators to take immediate action on the chemical after a new study indicated human exposure to the...

No recommendation on GM salmon after hearings

After two days of hearings, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has called for more research to decide whether genetically engineered salmon is safe for consumption.

Unstable antioxidants may hold key to acrylamide reduction

Oxidation products from unstable antioxidants may remove acrylamide in high temperature food processing, according to new research.

US trains Bangladesh on aquaculture safety

Experts from a US food safety watchdog are training scientists from Bangladesh on techniques to help eliminate health hazards from the country’s burgeoning aquaculture industry.

UK calls off public dialogue on GM

UK ministers have called off a public dialogue on genetic modification (GM), which had been requested by the previous government to explore consumers’ views and concerns surrounding the use of...

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Largest salmonella outbreak in years linked to duck eggs

The largest outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium DT8 in recent years in Ireland has been found to be linked to duck eggs, according to an ongoing investigation.

Pfizer investigation over spring in baby milk container

Leading baby milk manufacturer, SMA has launched an investigation after a mother made claims about finding a rusty spring in one of its can containers.

Significant rise in undeclared EU food ingredient allergen warnings

2009 saw a significant rise in EU allergen warnings relating to undeclared milk ingredients and sulphites, according to the annual report of union food safety reporting body the RASFF.

Iron fortified infant foods may not be delivering: Study

Infant formula fortified with ferrous fumerate may not be providing as much iron as first thought, according to a new study.

Foodborne illness survivors urge immediate vote on food safety bill

Foodborne illness survivors and consumer organizations met in Washington on Wednesday to urge senators to vote on the food safety bill that has been awaiting consideration since November.

Barry Callebaut optimises dairy-free milk chocolate alternative

A hike in demand for lactose free products prompted leading industrial chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut to reformulate a 100 per cent dairy free alternative to milk chocolate.

Study raises concerns over aluminium levels in infant formula

A host of infant formula brands are “significantly contaminated” with high levels of aluminium, according to new research from the UK.

Swedish agencies map out bisphenol A action plan

Sweden's food safety and chemical agencies met last week to begin mapping out an action plan to decide if the country would impose a national ban on bisphenol A (BPA).

Bisphenol A alters male testosterone levels, claims breakthrough study

A breakthrough study claims to have demonstrated for the first time that bisphenol A (BPA) can cause changes in male human sex hormones.

Canada to add bisphenol A to toxic register in face of industry protests

Canada has confirmed bisphenol A (BPA) is to be added to its national register of toxic substances after dismissing industry calls to review its stance on the chemical.

China makes arrests after latest melamine scare

Chinese police have arrested six people for allegedly distributing melamine tainted milk powder, following the seizure of more contaminated materials in July.

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