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Italian Salmonella controls evaluated by FVO

Salmonella National Control Programmes (SNCPs) in Italy have the required sampling frequency and correct sampling protocol but there are still some deficiencies, according to findings from the Food and Veterinary...

EFTA finds ‘minor shortcomings’ in Norwegian poultry meat controls

Minor shortcomings in Norwegian controls of poultry meat products have been identified according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority.

Microbac Laboratories adopts Veriflow detection system

Microbac Laboratories has adopted Invisible Sentinel’s Veriflow diagnostic technology for detection of bacterial pathogens in food.

Continued focus needed to reduce Campylobacter and Salmonella

There needs to be a continued focus on reducing foodborne illness from Campylobacter and Salmonella, according to a report for the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

BfR shares food safety knowledge in Iceland

Food safety in Iceland has been strengthened after a partnership with the German authorities.

Border controls on EU fruit and veg protecting consumers

The system of controls at EU borders on fruit and vegetable imports from non-EU countries is protecting consumers from potential food safety risks, according to the European Commission

EDC exposure could be costing €31bn per year - HEAL

Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (ECDs) may be costing up to €31bn per year in the European Union (EU), according to the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).

Guest article

Product inspection tips for getting ahead of the competition

With so many product inspection systems available for the food supply industry, manufacturers and processors need to know which one is right for them and how to utilize it to its full...

Microbial detection is Speedy Breedy

A portable microbial contamination test can speed up time to result ensuring product can be cleared and shipped faster, according to its developers.

Dietetic foods and supplements notifications jump by 89%

Dietetic foods and food supplement recall notifications grew by 89% in the quarter, according to the Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS European index.

News in brief

Training to achieve food safety

More than 50 courses on food protection have been launched by the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI).

Ecolab sets ‘aggressive’ sustainability goals

Ecolab has updated sustainability targets, including a 25% reduction in effluent discharge and waste, 20% less water use and a 10% drop in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2017.

Food Safety Week 16-22 June

Campylobacter concerns in Food Safety Week

More than 80% of people in Northern Ireland don't know the name of the bug that is the most common cause of food poisoning, according to a survey.

China

Walmart to triple spending on food safety in China

Walmart China will significantly increase its investment in food safety to more than RMB300m (US$48m) between 2013 and 2015. Previously, the retailer had announced investments of RMB100m for the same...

Pathogenic microorganism notifications jump to all-time high

A 40% increase in notifications concerning pathogenic microorganisms in food was reported to the EU’s recall portal last year.

More info needed to determine nanosilver exposure risk

Measurements of nanomaterials in consumer products are urgently needed to assess exposure, according to a final opinion looking at silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP).

Dutch Spices claims first with allergen-free range

Dutch Spices claims to have become the first company in Europe to offer a range of dry spice blends, marinades and sauces that are free from the 24 allergens on...

Public confidence in food chain is under the spotlight

Public confidence in the UK food chain has come under particular spotlight after recent incidents, according to the UK Government Chemist’s annual review.

Guest article

Chemical Washdown: Trends and visual communications in the food industry

From production to processing, food industry managers rely on chemical washdown processes to eliminate bacteria.

No involuntary contamination of minced meat when GMPs followed

There should be no detectable carry-over contamination of meat when produced in line with current good manufacturing practice and properly cleaned, according to a report.

FSIS responds to comments on Salmonella sampling program changes

FSIS will discontinue Salmonella sampling set procedures in ground beef products for most firms from June 29 after considering comments on proposed changes.

News in brief

Gap analysis tool to prevent product recalls

Red24assist has launched a Gap Analysis Tool (GAT) that it claims will help improve the standards of food safety.

The full picture as Luceo updates vision system

Luceo has launched an updated version of its machine to detect packaging with sealing and labelling integrity defects.

Imaging software must cope with large data sets - WITec

WITec has launched updated software for its imaging systems to acquire and process large data volumes of high-resolution measurements and 3D imaging.

Texas researchers give E.coli STEC project update

Texas researchers have presented their latest work on Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) at a conference dedicated to tackling the issue.