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DNA testing reveals nothing fishy about MSC ecolabeled products

More than 99% of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabeled products were found to be correctly labeled, according to DNA test results from the organisation.

special edition: food fraud

Guest Article: Fish speciation analysis

In the food industry brand protection has always been important, particularly since the horsemeat scandal.

special edition: food fraud

Brexit should not affect amount of food fraud – NSF

Brexit should not affect standards of food safety and quality or the amount of fraud in the system, according to NSF International.

Certification bodies respond to IFS suspension

Certiquality and Bureau Veritas Certification Denmark have cited ‘administrative issues’ after being temporarily suspended by International Featured Standards (IFS).

More than 270,000 illnesses avoided annually, claims PulseNet analysis

Around 276,000 cases of foodborne illness are avoided each year because of PulseNet, according to research.

Dispatches from GFSC 2016 in Berlin

TÜV SÜD: There should be harmonisation of results

Many standards and regulations go in the same direction even if they use different ways but there should be harmonisation on the results, according to TÜV SÜD.

Dispatches from GFSC 2016 in Berlin

Not always logical to say: 'Here are rules now go and implement them'

It is not always logical to say ‘here are the rules now go and implement them’ when trying to manage food safety, according to a former Global Food Safety Initiative...

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VersaCold boosts cross-border transportation services

VersaCold Logistics Services has acquired Coastal Pacific Xpress (CPX) and described it as a major step in its supply chain business.  

Investigation launched into video of man 'urinating' on Kellogg production line

A criminal investigation has been launched after video footage emerged of a man apparently urinating on a Kellogg production line in the US.

Waitrose: Quality Control app saves 2 minutes per inspection

Waitrose has claimed using an Apple iPad and iPhone version of a quality control app enables a time saving of two minutes for each inspection recorded, compared to the Windows...

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APEX upgrade can help meet stringent quality standards - Thermo Scientific

Thermo Scientific is offering an upgrade to extend life and improve functionality of selected metal detector platforms.

Icicle targets faster food safety compliance

Icicle Technologies has launched a smart suggestion feature for its software to help firms comply with food safety regulations.

Consumer reaction to Mars recall measured by YouGov

A recall of Mars and Snickers chocolate has had a negative consumer impact on both brands but the signs are it will only be short-term, according to YouGov data.

RIVM: BPA exposure should be reduced

European standards for Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure should be revisited, according to the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

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AIB helps crisp cookie producers validate preventative controls

AIB International has unveiled a baking process kill step calculator for crisp cookies.

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DuPont makes pathogen testing results mobile

DuPont Diagnostics has released a mobile application so customers can view food pathogen testing results on the move.

Dispatches from GFSC 2016 in Berlin

Ecolab: Cleaning and sanitation focus should not vary by company size

The focus on cleaning and sanitation shouldn’t vary by the size of an operation, according to the VP of food safety and public health for Ecolab.

Eurofins opens lab and updates on 2015 milestones

Eurofins Microbiology has opened an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory in Louisville, Kentucky.

dispatches from GFSC 2016 in Berlin

Quality data must be brought back down to factory floor – Tetra Pak

Collecting data on quality processes is beneficial but the next step is transferring that to the factory floor to make a difference, according to the food safety manager at Tetra...

dispatches from GFSC 2016 in Berlin

GFSC round-up on Twitter: Reaction from the floor

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) brought together more than 1,000 food safety specialists from 60 countries in Berlin this week.

dispathces from GFSC 2016 in Berlin

GFSC Day 2 round-up: Globalisation and consumer role

Globalisation of the food chain, the attempt to harmonise standards and consumer role were highlighted on the second day of a food safety meeting.

Dispatches from GFSC 2016 in Berlin

GFSC Day 1 round-up: Auditor competence and role of big data

Assurances on auditor competence, using ‘big data’ as part of a proactive system and food fraud featured heavily on the opening day of an international conference.

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Perten Instruments acquires Delta Instruments

Perten has acquired a Netherlands-based manufacturer of analyzers and testing equipment for milk and dairy products.

RGF upgrades surface sanitation tunnel and targets wider market reach

RGF Environmental Group has upgraded its patented PHI Food Surface Sanitation Tunnel treatment system and said it is looking to branch out into other markets.

Opinion

Mars chocolate recall: What we know and don’t

After Mars recalled different brands of chocolate in more than 50 countries due to potential plastic contamination, attention is now turning to the how and why of the incident.

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