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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.

Leatherhead members back food quality study

Leatherhead Food Research has revealed six research projects chosen by its members for 2010-2011, with strongest support for a study into freshness and food quality indicators.

BPA decision soon, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would issue its overdue decision of the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) soon but refused to set a date or say...

FSA drops specific targets in latest 5-year plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has avoided specific targets in its latest strategic plan for 2010-2015, opting instead for five simple safety and health goals.

UN agencies to hold bisphenol A safety summit

Two United Nations bodies are to convene an international meeting on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging over growing anxiety of the chemical’s possible threat to human...

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Counting the human cost of recession

Return to profitability. It’s a phrase that businesses have been yearning for, but as more of them are starting to use it, it’s time to ask: At what cost?...

Acrylamide poised for inclusion on EU hazardous chem list

Acrylamide has been added to the candidate list for inclusion on the European Union’s Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) following a unanimous decision by an expert panel.

Plastics industry rejects call for UK bisphenol A ban

A campaign to ban bisphenol A in the UK has been branded “misleading” by the UK plastics industry as it declared the chemical was safe for use in food packaging.

Investment group seeks urgent FDA ruling on BPA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is failing in its job to protect consumers from exposure to chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) by missing the publication deadline on...

Eggs linked to UK salmonella hike

UK safety authorities have highlighted a trebling in the number of salmonella cases reported this year– with eggs imported from Spain investigated as one possible source for almost a third...

UK experts call for bisphenol A ban

A raft of experts and charities have today urged the UK Government to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles because of “compelling scientific evidence” linking it to cancer and...

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No bisphenol A decision yet - FDA

The US Government failed yesterday to meet its own deadline for delivering a ruling on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).

Chicken survey finds two-thirds harbour salmonella, campylobacter

A consumer survey has found salmonella and/or campylobacter in about two-thirds of chickens tested in the US.

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Krill conflict could threaten omega-3 potential

The krill category and the science backing it are still emerging, but there are many who believe krill extracts have the potential to 'go big' in the healthy foods arena....

FDA could delay decision on bisphenol A

The US government ruling on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), due to be delivered later today, could be delayed as officials plead for more time to review the wealth...

France defines GMO-free labelling threshold

The French government’s advisory council on biotechnology has outlined rules for a voluntary GMO-free labelling system in a new report.

Business opportunities in sustainable ingredients

Developing a sustainability strategy makes sense for food ingredients companies to ensure security of supply, to leverage brand opportunity in innovations, and to realise returns on investment in agriculture, says...

Consumers want better GM labelling: Report

Consumers think that current labelling regulation for genetically modified (GM) foods is inadequate, according to a new report from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

ConAgra explosion kills fourth person

A fourth person has died from injuries sustained from the explosion at a ConAgra food processing plant last summer.

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China, Japan, South Korea sign food safety pact

China, Japan and South Korea have signed a food safety pact in the wake of concern over Chinese-made food exports.

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Food prices face a welcome perfect storm

There’s a perfect storm building for food prices. You don’t have to scan the horizon to see the signs; the clouds are developing all around us - at a faster...

Irish company fined for serious safety breaches

An Irish seafood company has be ordered to almost €55,000 after admitting flouting 10 safety standards that led to 219 reported food poisoning cases in France and contaminated product being shipped worldwide.

Scientist defends study linking phthalates to feminising boys

The leading scientist of research that suggests boys exposed to phthalates during pregnancy have more feminine play habits has defended the report after a chemical industry body disputed its reliability.

Bill to ban bisphenol A introduced in US

New legislation that would impose a nationwide ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in all food packaging products used by children has been proposed by US Senator Charles Schumer.

US dairy industry plea to boost raw milk regulation

Raw milk products pose a “significant food safety hazard” and facilities that make them should be covered by the new food safety bill, said the two largest US dairy...

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