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Proposed regulation overhaul could cost industry, FSA warns

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has invited comments from industry on proposals to overhaul food inspections across Europe, including how they are funded.

Europen 20th anniversary in Brussels

In pictures: Unilever and Coca-Cola Hellenic debate packaging

Coca-Cola Hellenic, Unilever and an NGO were among the panellists debating sustainability at Europen’s 20th anniversary event on packaging in Brussels on October 9.

Producer behind salmonella outbreak to stay open

A poultry producer tied to a multi-state salmonella outbreak will remain open, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

EUROPEN 2013: Exclusive interview with MD Virginia Janssens

EU packaging 10-year review will see dramatic changes

The EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, which sets recovery and recycling targets for EU Member States, must increase EPR (extended producer responsibility) scheme transparency and focus on minimizing post-consumer...

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DuPont’s BAX system fully certified after latest AOAC backing

DuPont’s BAX System for detecting Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) in beef trim and ground beef has been backed by the AOAC Research Institute.

CDC staff nearly restored to tackle salmonella outbreak

Whittled away by the US government shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is back to nearly full force to monitor a multistate salmonella outbreak.

Worker suffers ‘horrific’ injury at kebab manufacturer

A worker suffered ‘horrific’ injuries to his hand after it became trapped in unguarded machinery at a UK kebab manufacturer.

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US government shutdown: Where do we go from here?

Both sides in the US government shutdown refuse to budge after another meeting yesterday and you can’t help but think that the longer this goes on the increased risk there...

What does the US shutdown mean for the food industry?

With the US government shut down by lack of funds, food professionals are wondering what it means for the FDA, and the industry

Cantaloupe farm owners charged in listeria outbreak that killed at least 30

The owners of a Colorado cantaloupe farm found to be the source of a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed at least 30 people have been charged in relation to the incident.

Nebraska Cold Storage faces $130,000 fine for ammonia exposure

Nebraska Cold Storage has been hit with 14 safety warnings and faces more than $130,000 in fines after violations including ammonia exposure.

Dispatches from Pack Expo

Food Safety Summit fosters industry collaboration

The Food Safety Summit Resource Center at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 offers attendees a chance to tap into a range of food safety tools, and share knowledge with peers.

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Birko processing aid approved for unskinned livers

Birko’s Beefxide intervention has received additional approvals for use as an antimicrobial processing aid on unskinned livers and other organ meats, without the need for a drain time between application...

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FDA streamlines reporting for food processors

The US Food and Drug Administration is streamlining the info submittal process for certain food processing operations.

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Piramal Glass USA fined after worker has finger amputated

Piramal Glass USA has been cited for 21 safety and health violations and fined $137,400 after a worker suffered an amputated finger while repairing a machine.

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Post Foods $2m settlement for air violations at cereal plant

Post Holdings and Ralcorp Holdings will pay $2m for air pollution failures at a cereal production facility in Modesto, California.

Henkel slammed with $200,000 fine after worker death

Henkel Corporation has been hit by a fine of more than $200,000 after the death of a temporary worker at one of its US facilities.

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FDA extends inorganic arsenic in apple juice comment period

The comment period on a move to limit levels of inorganic arsenic in apple juice has been extended by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Senators legislation push follows GAO criticism of USDA poultry inspection plans

A US senator has introduced legislation aimed at reducing foodborne outbreaks on the back of a Government Accountable Office (GAO) report that criticized the evaluation of poultry pilot projects from...

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Eight arrested in France in horse meat investigations

Eight people from a French firm at the centre of the horse meat scandal have been arrested yesterday, according to police.

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FDA center outlines priorities for road ahead

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s priorities for the coming year include cutting foodborne illness and speeding up recalls.

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DuPont exec tapped to lead food scientists

Janet E. Collins, PhD, RD, CFS (senior manager at DuPont) has been named president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Tesco slammed for horse meat ad

Tesco has been slammed by the UK’s advertising watchdog for suggesting that the horse meat scandal affected the whole food industry.

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Horse meat: Two men arrested in UK

Two men have been arrested by British police investigating the horse meat scandal.

3M testing tech helps fuel $9bn market

Technology advanced by 3M and other companies is helping fuel the rapid growth of the global food testing market.

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