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Hygiena unveils gluten test kit

Hygiena has introduced a specific allergen test kit for the detection of gluten residue on surfaces.

EFSA assesses prevalence and compliance of Listeria

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has analysed data to estimate prevalence and contamination levels of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods at the retail level.

USDA estimates dozens more recalls in ground beef plans

Dozens more recalls may occur as part of plans for contaminated ground beef to be traced back to its source quicker.

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Vikan introduces colour coded one piece handle

Vikan has introduced a colour coded hygienic one piece handle for their brushes, squeegees and scrapers.

DEFRA: Elliott Review publication not blocked

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has refuted claims that publication of the Elliot Review has been blocked.

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Kanes Foods joins the SISTEM

Kanes Foods has partnered with Alchemy at its four-factory site in Worcestershire to streamline training.

Firms must have clear sight across entire supply chains, says Crimson & Co

Retailers need to take more responsibility over their supply chains or face regulation, according to the section head of a supply chain consultancy firm.

Seoul National University signs food safety MOU

Seoul National University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a US food science centre around food safety.

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X-ray technology will continue to be growth driver, says Sartorius

Sartorius Intec believes X-ray technology will continue to be a growth driver as part of the inspection and detection topic.

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Charting the way to food safety

Pro-Visual Publishing has revealed the Food Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety 2014/15 focussing on maintaining a clean and sterile work environment to avoid contamination.

FSA reveals 59% of birds tested positive for Campylobacter

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that 59% of birds tested positive for Campylobacter in the first set of quarterly results on fresh shop-bought chickens.

DuPont unveils BAX system for Listeria monocytogenes

DuPont Nutrition & Health has launched the BAX System Real-Time PCR Assay for Listeria monocytogenes.

India

Rampant poultry antibiotics use leading to greater bacteria resistance

The use of antibiotics in the poultry industry might largely be behind the growing number of Indians developing resistance to antibiotics, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has claimed...

Make a wish! 3M Petrifilm Plates marks 30 years

Increased technical efficiency, plate reader accuracy, one step confirmation and dual indicator potential are some of the marketplace drivers caused by Petrifilm Plates, according to 3M Food Testing.

Partnership brings ‘one stop shop’ for compliance requirements

Group Learner has partnered with Food Safety Solutions to offer a ‘one stop solution’ for food industry compliance requirements.

Meat storage times could be increased - EFSA

The time between slaughter and minced meat preparation could be extended without increasing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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BioMérieux granted AOAC approval

BioMérieux has been granted approval for its automated quality indicator test for enumeration of Bacillus cereus bacteria in food.

FSA study shows country of origin labelling is accurate

An investigation in to the origin of foods claiming to be from the UK and Ireland has found that such claims on labels are accurate, says the UK Food Standards...

Lack of communication in contaminant control – FVO

There is a lack of communication around contaminant food testing for infants and young children in Romania despite arrangements being in place, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

Consumer demand driving food chain transparency - SGS

Food fraud and transparency of the supply chain are important issues being led by consumer demand, according to SGS.

China

Shanghai municipal chief urges greater protection for whistleblowers

Journalists and whistleblowers should be given more protection as they expose food safety scandals, Shanghai’s chief official told a municipal meeting in the wake of last week’s expired meat scandal...

2 Sisters Food Group announces audit all-clear

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants have given the sites the all-clear.

FSA audits 2 Sisters Food Group after Campylobacter concerns

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has started audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants after hygiene standard concerns at the poultry processor.

Bruker restructure will see more than 200 jobs lost

Bruker’s Chemical and Applied Markets (CAM) division is to be reduced with the loss of 200-250 workers.

China

General manager and quality control boss arrested in Husi scandal

One of the five employees arrested in China’s latest food-safety scandal has been named as the general manager of the US-owned Shanghai Husi Foods operation, while another is the head...

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