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Randox gets USDA backing for Ractopamine test

Randox Food Diagnostics has received US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for its Ractopamine screening products.

MEPs call for tougher measures to fix food fraud

MEPs have called for extra measures to tackle food fraud following last year’s horse meat crisis, in a non-legislative resolution passed on Tuesday.

HACCP certification key to FSMA compliance

With regulations like the Food Safety Modernization Act requiring higher safety and sanitation standards, HACCP certification is an important step in ensuring an operation passes muster.

USP proposes monograph on specific bacillus coagulans probiotic strain

For the first time, the United States Pharmacopoeia is proposing a monograph on a probiotic organism as a food ingredient in the latest series of draft monographs put forward for...

FSMA rule specifies ways to cut risk of intentional food adulteration

FDA has published another proposed rule in the rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The rule spells out plans companies must have in place to defend against intentional adulteration...

CFIA gets lowest passing grade from USDA audit

Canada’s food safety system has been given the lowest audit rating that enables it to keep exporting food to the US.

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Cheese import licence cancelled

Beira Mar Importers Co. has had its cheese import licence cancelled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Tata Steel fined after worker’s hand crushed

Tata Steel has been fined £25,000 after a worker had his hand crushed in machinery at a site in South Wales.

Alfa Laval launches the RotaCheck

Tank cleaning equipment not chosen correctly

A ‘Tank Cleaning Systems’ subgroup created by the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) will meet at the VDMA in Frankfurt next month to discuss its guidelines.

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EU recommends stricter dioxins, furan and PCB control

The food industry must control the presence of dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) more accurately, according to a European Commission recommendation.

Terrell’s Potato Chip hit with $115,500 fine for repeated safety violations

Mid-sized snack player Terrell’s Potato Chip Company faces $115,500 in fines for new and recurring ‘serious’ safety hazards at its New York production plant.

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Salmonella processing aid approved

A food processing aid used against Salmonella has been backed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Growing regulation demands focus for food firms

Ensuring compliance with legislation is the main challenge and concern for food and beverage manufacturers.

Norway must improve enforcement of BSE laws

Norway’s bid to revise monitoring programmes for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been rejected.

Bread firm fined after worker’s hand trapped in dough cutting machine

A Welsh bread manufacturer has been fined after an employee’s hand was trapped by moving blades on a dough-cutting machine.

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CFIA shutters poultry processor for not paying fees

Nutri-Caille Ltée has had its operating licence suspended for failing to pay meat product inspection fees.

Campden BRI Food Labelling Seminar January 30

FIC Regulation: ‘The pressure is on’

Campden BRI, food and drink research and services, has seen a surge in companies looking for advice on the European Union’s Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation and how to...

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Aus and NZ clear Thermo Fisher takeover of Life Tech

Thermo Fisher Scientific's US$13.6bn takeover of Life Technologies has been cleared by the Australian and New Zealand competition commissions after the firm agreed to sell part of its business.

Tyson Foods fined after worker's hand severed

Tyson Foods has been cited for four workplace safety violations totalling $147,000 after a worker's hand was severed by unguarded machine.

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Life Tech’s pathogen detection gets Aussie approval

Life Technologies’ pathogen detection method has gained Australian Government approval.

China to name and shame food safety offenders

China has issued a new draft regulation that would give regulators the authority to blacklist food and beverage manufacturers that have breached food safety standards in the country. 

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Norway veg growing controls verdict

The controls for primary production of food of plant origin in Norway are in compliance with legislation but improvements could be made.

Industry urgently needs to focus on food fraud

The food industry must do more to prevent food fraud, says an interim UK government report commissioned to assess food integrity in the wake of the horse meat crisis.

'Heightened awareness' about pathogens, allergens in US dairy: Neogen

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has created a “heightened level of awareness” about allergens and pathogens within the dairy industry, food safety specialist Neogen has claimed.


Industry group offers assistance in understanding food safety

While many questions remain about the Food Safety Modernization Act, one industry expert advised that the time to start putting plans in place is upon us.

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