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Belgium hit by nuts in spices findings

Belgium has become the latest country to be dragged into the nuts and spices contamination issue.

Visibility and flexibility through automating quality management system

Automating quality management processes can help firms meet compliance requirements and react quicker if there is a problem, according to Sparta Systems.

Loma targets first-time X-ray user

Loma Systems has launched an X-ray inspection machine for food manufacturers who want to make the switch to the technology for the first time. 

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Grant to study disease burden of Salmonella in sub-Saharan Africa

The University of Otago has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella.

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Senators want mandatory BPA labelling

Two US senators have introduced an act that would require food packaging to be labelled if it contains Bisphenol A (BPA).

Anuga FoodTec 2015 preview

S+S to launch x-ray system to inspect unpacked wet food

S+S Separation and Sorting Technology will launch a product inspection system suitable for wet washing at ANUGA FoodTec next week.

InstantLabs throws the net over seafood mislabelling

InstantLabs has expanded its line of DNA tests for seafood to tackle the issue of fish fraud.

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Premium Ingredients Food Services India renews certifications

Premium Services Food Ingredients India has renewed certifications of quality, environment and food safety, after an audit by DNV GL.

Increasing requirements on food authentication - BfR

Chemical analysis of food fingerprints is an emerging approach in authentication testing, according to The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany.

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UPM Raflatac plants gain ISO 22000 certification

UPM Raflatac has been awarded ISO 22000:2005 food safety certification for factories in Finland (Tampere), the UK (Scarborough) and Poland (Wroclaw and Nowa Wies).

Bart Ingredients: Nut in spices test may not be accurate

Testing which led to the recall of ground cumin because almond was found ‘may not be accurate’, according to Bart Ingredients.

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Alchemy Systems acquires Chilton Consulting Group

Alchemy Systems has acquired a consulting firm that helps companies navigate food safety standards, improve regulatory readiness and drive employee performance.

SGS and Trace One partner for supply chain transparency

SGS is using Trace One software to help customers reduce risk and ensure compliance throughout the supply chain. 

Stericycle: Recalls on the rise across Europe

Food recalls jumped 16% across Europe in the final three months of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

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Anritsu passes 50 and plans product launches

Anritsu Industrial Solutions will launch X-ray equipment and more sophisticated checkweighers this year after marking its 50 year anniversary.


Ecolab positive over China’s food safety progress

China is making progress as it sets out to improve its failing food safety record, according to hygiene services major Ecolab.

PerkinElmer software targets food adulterants

PerkinElmer has launched software to detect known and unknown contaminants in ingredients to guard against adulteration.   

FDA food recalls down in Q4 but affected units rockets 142%

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food recalls were down in Q4 2014 but the amount of product involved grew by 142% from the previous quarter, according to the Stericycle Quarterly...

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Wendel sells Bureau Veritas shares but remains in control

Wendel has sold 48 million shares in Bureau Veritas, amounting to 10.9% of the share capital for close to €1bn.

EDC exposure ‘costs EU €157bn annually’

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) likely costs the European Union €157bn a year in actual health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to a series of studies.

Scope for improvement in food authenticity industry - report

There is scope for better collaboration, data sharing and harmonisation between all those with an interest in food authenticity, according to a report.

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Birko joins with Garden Cut for food safety

Birko has partnered with Garden Cut to develop best practice sanitation procedures.

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Armenia and Kyrgyz Republic focus on food safety

A two-day workshop on foodborne disease risk assessment has been held in Armenia.

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Romer Labs claims market first for water-based Zearalenone test

Romer Labs has introduced a water-based test which will allow food, feed and grain producers to test for Zearalenone without using organic solvents.

Eurofins reveals lab space expected to go on stream this year

Eurofins has revealed it expects 40,000m2 of laboratory space to come on stream this year.