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Scrutiny of hygienic processing practices has intensified - Bühler

It has never been more important for food processors to have hygienic equipment, according to Bühler.

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Almi uses Sesotec X-ray inspection system

Almi is using a sorting system from Sesotec to inspect incoming bulk materials and remove contaminants before they reach production.

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Deb Group becomes SOFHT Supporting Company Member

Deb Group has upgraded its role in the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) to Supporting Company Membership.

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SGS Canada partners with Niagara College

SGS Canada has partnered with an institute at Niagara College to offer a tool kit based approach around food safety management.

China

Food safety ‘stable’ as year’s first scandal breaks in Tianjin

Additive overuse and microbial contamination were behind almost two-thirds of all food-safety issues in China last year, while less than 1% of infant formula failed to meet national standards.

Council halts market return for Errington Cheese

Errington Cheese has been halted in plans to go back to market after a link to an E. coli outbreak last year.

NSF strengthens EU lab network

NSF International has completed the acquisition of a food safety and water testing firm to strengthen its laboratory network and services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Industry network strives for targeted authenticity approach

Campden BRI is to manage membership of a network created to share intelligence on food authenticity.

Plastic or rubber-related recalls double – Detectamet

Recalls due to products contaminated with plastic or rubber more than doubled in the past 12 months, according to Detectamet.

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Carlisle Companies acquires San Jamar

Carlisle Companies has acquired a provider of dispensing systems and food safety products for foodservice and hygiene applications.

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2017 will be ‘breakout’ year for SDC-based tech adoption – PURE Bioscience

Food safety challenges this year will include persistent outbreaks and recalls and increasing US Department of Justice (DOJ) scrutiny, according to PURE Bioscience.

Errington Cheese targets market return after E. coli outbreak

Errington Cheese is planning to put some of its products back on the market after authorities prohibited sales following an E. coli outbreak last year.

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Poindexter Nut Company adds second Napasol pasteurization line

Poindexter Nut Company has increased its walnut pasteurization capacity with a second Napasol pasteurization line.

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Novolyze platform evaluates pathogen inactivation

Novolyze has launched a platform to standardise the evaluation of pathogen inactivation.

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iNECTA partners with Trace Register on software

iNECTA has partnered with Trace Register on software to improve food safety and sustainability.

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Detection Technology targets brand protection in food industry

Detection Technology has introduced a linear array detector targeting brand protection in the food industry.

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BioControl acquisition opens F&B growth opportunities - Merck

Merck has acquired BioControl Systems as it looks to grow in the food and beverage space and particularly the US.

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Eurofins expands environmental testing in Brazil

Eurofins Scientific has acquired ASL Análises Ambientais (ASL) to become one of the largest environmental testing service providers in Brazil.

Neogen launches test for ochratoxin

Neogen Corporation has developed a test for ochratoxin that uses a water-based extraction solvent.

LR acquires Acoura and Bureau Veritas expands in Brazil

Lloyd’s Register (LR) acquiring Acoura and Bureau Veritas expanding its agri-food business in Brazil are two deals made public in the last few weeks.

ACCC accepts Spencers action to tackle oregano fraud

Spencers is to have one sample of its oregano tested annually for three years by an internationally accredited lab to address adulteration concerns.  

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Invisible Sentinel’s STEC assay backed by AOAC

Invisible Sentinel’s platform for detecting shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) has been certified by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

SGS acquires Biopremier stake and predicts NGS growth

SGS has acquired a 70% stake in a firm which specialises in molecular biology and DNA sequencing services in the food sector.

EFSA and BfR look at traceback and predictive modelling of outbreaks

Use of traceback and predictive modelling tools created by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be expanded under a partnership with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Hygiena to acquire DuPont's food safety diagnostics business

Hygiena is to acquire DuPont's food safety diagnostics business for an undisclosed amount and says it plans to invest behind new product development.

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