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3M Food Safety launches 24-hour aerobic bacteria indicator test

3M Food Safety has launched a test that can detect aerobic bacteria counts in 24 hours for most food matrices.

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Mérieux NutriSciences seals deal for Randolph Companies

Mérieux NutriSciences has bought the Randolph Companies after a shared history of safety services to the food industry.

Japan

Consumer confidence rocked again following insect finding in baby food

Japan’s novus annus horribilis continues following the recall of more than 120,000 pouches of baby food after a consumer found an insect in one package.

BRC publishes updated food safety standard

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has published a revised standard on food safety and audits against it will start in July.

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Funding to address food safety upgrades

Massachusetts produce and aquaculture sites have been given grants to address food safety upgrades.

Invisible Sentinel develops custom assay for Silliker

Invisible Sentinel’s Veriflow diagnostic technology has been adopted for use by Silliker in its laboratories worldwide.

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PHAC names scientific director general

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has appointed Dr Matthew Gilmour as scientific director general National Public Health Laboratories.

Irish beef granted US access

Ireland has become the first EU member state to gain access to the US beef market following the lifting of a ban in March last year.

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EFSA reveals second scientific conference details

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is organising a scientific conference during World EXPO 2015 in Milan.

PATENT WATCH

Resveratrol…Not for heart health but to preserve wine in cans!

Australia's Barokes Wines has applied to patent a process whereby beverage containers are coated with a layer including resveratrol - not to boost heart health but to better preserve wine.

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Arrayit works with USDA on pathogen detection system

Arrayit Corporation has signed an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) around pathogen detection and is also working with a team from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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USP talks food fraud with Chinese Ministry of Agriculture

US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) laboratories has held a workshop with scientists from the China’s Ministry of Agriculture to highlight efforts on risk assessment and food quality.

Festive Film

Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’...

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Aseptix signs global technology license with Ecolab

Aseptix Health Sciences has revealed a global license agreement with Ecolab.

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Bread volume method approved by AACCI

A method for finding bread volume has been approved by the American Association of Cereal Chemists – International (AACCI).

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Hygiena test for raw meat and fish residues

Hygiena International has introduced a rapid test system for acid phosphatase activity, a natural enzyme present in raw meat.

Retailer details direct-to-consumer education efforts

Walmart VP: To make gains in food safety, focus on behavior (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our series, Walmart vice president of food safety Frank Yiannas discusses how the company and its associates convey food safety messages to consumers.

Neogen inks deal for foothold in Asia

Neogen Corporation has acquired the food safety and veterinary genomic assets of its Chinese distributor, Beijing Anapure BioScientific Co.

EDC-Free Europe encourages public comments on EU consultation

The EDC-Free Europe coalition has launched an online platform in response to a consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs) by the European Commission.

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Qiagen Listeria assays get AOAC backing

Qiagen’s detection assays for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes have received AOAC Performance Tested Method (PTM) certification.

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Nairns Oatcakes installs second Loma system

Nairns Oatcakes has installed a second combined checkweigher and metal detector from Loma Systems.

Local Foods, Local Places supports food-focused economic development

White House selects communities to develop local food projects in 19 states

Six US federal agencies have jointly announced the 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, an initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community...

Third purchase this year reflects company’s aggressive growth strategy

Hungry for protein business, JBT Corporation acquires Wolf-tec for $54m

As part of its strategy to drive growth, create value, and improve profitability, food processing equipment provider JBT Corporation has purchased the assets of Wolf-tec, Inc for $54m. 

China

27 arrested for smuggling beef that had been banned amid BSE scare

After an 11-month manhunt, Chinese police have arrested 27 people suspected of being part of a smuggling ring that would bring beef into China at a time when BSE fears...

Ground beef recalled from Wal-Mart stores in Canada

Cargill reviewing processing & testing procedures after E. coli alert

Cargill Meat Solutions, in Winnipeg, Canada, is examining its processing and testing procedures after ground beef in distribution tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.

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