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New natural alternative preservative for cottage cheese

A new cottage cheese preservative from Danisco offers manufacturers a natural alternative to its chemical predecessor, says the firm.

Active packaging tops MAP for gluten-free bread’s shelf life, study

Cinnamon-based active packaging is a suitable alternative to modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for gluten-free bread on both a microbiological and sensory basis, finds new research.

Germany pledges 'immediate' review after E.coli crisis contained

Germany has indicated it will conduct a review into the effectiveness of its response to the huge outbreak of E.coli as it sought to rebut growing unease that it appeared no nearer confirming the source of the deadly bacteria.

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EFSA rejects 86-study strong Valio probiotic gut health claim

The European Food Safety Authority has rejected an article 13.5 health claim that sought to link consumption of the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, with gastrointestinal benefits.

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EC calls for new aspartame action

The European Commission (EC) has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to conduct a wholesale review of the safety of the world’s most widely used sweetener, aspartame.

Nestlé defends infant formula marketing policies

Nestlé says its infant and follow-on formula marketing policies are compliant with international guidelines, after the food giant was criticised by a baby milk lobby group.

Italian company in cured meats Listeria alert

An Italian cured meat company is at the centre of a health scare in Canada after authorities warned that two of its products could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Commission requests urgent safety review of aspartame from EFSA

The European Commission has asked EFSA to conduct a full re-evaluation of the safety of aspartame by July 2012, due to MEPs’ concerns and EFSA’s decision to look more closely at two recent studies on carcinogenicity and pregnancy effects.

FSIS halts testing for E. coli strain in dried sausages

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has said it is suspending testing of dry and semi-dry fermented sausages for E. coli O157:H7 after not finding a single positive result for nine years.

Global salt review may offer reduction ‘framework’

Learning from current salt reduction strategies may help to produce a better framework for developing future initiatives, according to a global review of current methods.

Omega-3 scientists oppose EFSA ALA claim

An omega-3 researcher has written to the European Commission demanding a recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-approved claim for omega-3 form ALA be revoked.

Chemical migration from food packaging poses no health risk - FSANZ

Dietary exposure to a range of chemicals that can migrate from packaging into food is low and poses no risk to human health, according to research from government food safety experts in Australasia.

Study questions benefits of low salt diet, experts quick to dismiss

Research suggesting a low salt diet may increase the risks of cardiovascular disease has questioned current drives to reduce salt intakes, however experts from the UK and US have been quick to dismiss the study as ‘flawed’.

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Give industry time to find mineral oil migration solutions - Pira

Industry has time, and must be given the chance, to find solutions to safety concerns posed by the leaching of toxic mineral oils from recycled board and paper packaging into foods, said Pira International.

New antibiotic residue test cuts out incubation step

Idexx has developed a new antibiotic residue test for the dairy market that removes the need for incubation of the milk sample.

3M develops microbiology testing tool for drinks

3M Food Safety has adapted its food microbiology testing tool to the beverage industry with the launch of the 3M Petrifilm Aqua Plates.

Codex endorses guidelines on melamine testing

Codex has endorsed testing guidelines developed by the IDF and the ISO for determining the melamine and cyanuric acid content of dairy products.

Senator Leahy calls for Peanut Corp. investigation update

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has written to the Department of Justice to demand an update on its investigation of former Peanut Corporation of America president Stewart Parnell.

Test for nine different sweeteners adopted as European standard

A single test capable of identifying nine different sweeteners and their dosages in drinks and packaged fruits has become a European standard.

Scientists sniff out potential for electronic noses in brewing

A review published in Trends in Food Science & Technology has identified brewing as a growing market for electronic nose technology.

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