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Campden reports on health risks from contaminated cheese

Campden BRI has revealed that there could be a problem regarding the health risks posed by Escherichia coli O157 and Mycobacterium bovis in cheeses made from unpasteurised milk.

EFSA summit debates bisphenol A

An international summit on bisphenol A (BPA) hosted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last week yielded “very useful” scientific discussion, said the head of the body’s food contact...

UK in-store bread quality and production processes under review

British retailers have been criticised over the energy ineffiency coupled with the use of processing aids and artificial additives in in-store baked bread, which constitutes 17 per cent of bread...

Study shows GR irradiation scores in sensory, quality and microbial tests

Gamma ray irradiation is more effective than the electron beam version in the reduction of bacterial populations in ground beef and has no adverse effect on quality and sensory characteristics...

Campylobacter spread through sticky microfilms, study

Campylobacter respond to the stressful environments by rapidly forming a slimy microfilm that sheds cells into the foods, scientists have observed, a finding that could help develop new antimicrobial approaches.

Italy ponders mandatory supplement warning labels – and health claims?

Food supplement regulations being considered in Italy may force certain products to carry warning labels, and health indications may become mandatory too, a European Commission committee has heard.

Global melamine standard would protect consumers, lower trade barriers

A global initiative to set an internationally-recognised standard for melamine in foods could harmonise efforts to detect future contamination and avoid unwanted trade barriers, said food safety officials.


Supply chain transparency only answer to hostile campaigns

Food companies must ensure their supply chains are transparent and socially responsible in order to prevent backlashes from consumer activists and non-governmental groups on Facebook or Twitter, which could have...

Paper industry scrutinising mineral oil migration claims

The European paper industry said it is examining the significance of safety concerns raised by German regulators over the migration of mineral oils from recycled paper and cardboard packaging...

Germany rethinks recycled cardboard to tackle migration risks

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany has suggested switching back to virgin cardboard as a way reducing food contamination risks linked to mineral oil.

EFSA alarm at high Campylobacter rates in EU broilers

Around 80 per cent of chicken carcasses on the European Union market are contaminated with Campylobacter, according to a region-wide baseline survey by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

IFT submits product tracing recommendations to FDA

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has made recommendations to the FDA about how industry could better track ingredients, after a food product tracing exercise and study of the supply...

China vows further food safety clampdown

China has said its aim this year on food safety is to avoid any major contamination crises as it continues to struggle to impose national standards on food producers and...

Bisphenol A exposure greatest in bottle-fed infants, but below safety limits

Infants aged up to six months have the greatest exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) through polycarbonate bottles although levels are well below safety limits set by regulatory bodies, a new...

Plant design and personal hygiene crucial to reducing listeria risk

Cheese contamination has hit the headlines in recent weeks after Austrian authorities linked seven listerioisis deaths to Prolactal cheese. In light of this news, food safety expert Dr. Eleftherios H....

Consumers suspicious of nanotech, irradiation and cloning

New technologies such as nanotech, animal cloning and irradiation trigger feelings of “unease, uncertainty, and sometimes outright negativity” among consumers, said a new report from the UK.

Sugar-derived epoxy lining could replace bisphenol A

Researchers in the United States have developed a chemical derived from sugar with the potential to replace bisphenol A (BPA) in a number of products, including the lining of...

Foodborne illnesses cost United States $152bn a year- report

Acute foodborne illnesses cost the United States a staggering $152bn a year, with almost a quarter of this burden attributed to fresh, canned and processed produce, said a report from...

Dung beetles and human error explain Prolactal cheese contamination

Prolactal has revealed that an error led to the wrong cultures being used in the production of cheese that authorities in Austria and Germany have linked to seven deaths.

Carvacrol is effective antimicrobial for cereal dough, study

Antimicrobial compounds such as carvacrol and 2-Nitro-1-propanol (2NPOH) are effective inhibitors of pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and B.cereus and can be used with foods including cereal dough to...

Should we be worried about antimony levels in juices?

A recent study uncovering levels of antimony in juices above EU limits for drinking water has provoked calls for more research into the issue but industry insists that juices are...


What's the colour of money? Bonuses should be green

Never before has the dangling of golden carrots in the boardroom been so closely scrutinised. DSM and others’ decisions to ensure those carrots have green shoots of sustainability attached to...

Bisphenol A levels in cans triggers call for ban

Tests have revealed the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in the linings of beverage cans and some of the drinks themselves, including ones made by Nestle and Red Bull, said...

Third party food safety certification vital for consumers

Evidence that food product safety has been verified by a third party certification scheme is more important to consumers than brand name, proof of traceability or government inspection, said...

UK introduces voluntary COOL code for pork

A new country of origin labelling (COOL) code of practice for pork introduced in the UK yesterday will benefit meat processors, producers and consumers, said one industry body.

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