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Nanotechnology in food safety will be slowed until regulations become clearer - expert

A lack of clear regulations relating to the use of nanotechnology in the food sector could hinder the commercialisation of current food safety research, a manufacturing expert has claimed.

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Cantaloupe growers vote to update food safety program

California cantaloupe handlers have voted “overwhelmingly” in support of a new food safety program, in an effort to improve consumer confidence in the safety of cantaloupes.

Nature’s One step-up efforts to cut arsenic levels in baby formula

Organic infant formula manufacturer Nature’s One will step-up its efforts to minimise and eliminate the presence of environmental contaminants such as arsenic in its products.

FSIS and beef industry praised for pre-emptive E.coli action

The US beef industry and the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have been showered with praise after showing “strong initiative” in their efforts to prevent E.coli contamination during processing.

EFSA risk assessment of composite foods hazard to pave the way for harmonized EU regs

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has outlined a raft of key factors needed to assess the hazard posed by pathogens in composite foods after Brussels said it needed to develop harmonised risk-based rules for their import into the region.

'Pre-emptive’ measures will accelerate tainted product identification - USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has outlined a series of measures to conduct future meat product trace backs in a “pre-emptive” manner to catch E.coli O157:H7 contamination at an earlier stage.

NIR food quality device coming to a smartphone near you - Fraunhofer

Smartphones equipped with innovative near infrared technology no bigger than a sugar lump could open the door for rapid food quality testing of a host of products, said the Fraunhofer Institute.

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Eurofins to reinforce Asia Pacific presence through acquisition

Food testing firm Eurofins Scientific plans to reinforce its presence in the growing Asia Pacific region through the acquisition of a majority stake in a testing service firm.

Optimising produce food safety is ‘simply good business’ – PriceWaterhouseCoopers

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has warned against an over-reliance on finished product testing in the US food sector and called for additional focus on the implementation of strategic food safety practices.

FSA plays down concerns over fresh chicken Campylobacter contamination

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has played down concerns over the safety of supermarket-sold fresh chicken products after a survey found that almost one in five were contaminated with Campylobacter.

ARS researchers shed light on stealthy Salmonella detection

Unique spectral signatures produced by laser beams shone on to Salmonella specimens could lead to the development of a technology to quickly and simply detect “stealthy” pathogens on food.

DNA-based cattle identification method could ‘refine’ ground beef recall practices

A method to identify the number of cattle used in the production of ground beef batches could lead to quicker, less costly recalls of potentially contaminated products, a researcher has claimed.

Neogen adapts E.coli testing service to meet FSIS ground beef safety demands

Food safety technologist Neogen Corporation has moved to meet the demands of the up-coming zero-tolerance approach to the ‘Big Six’ non-O157:H7 E.coli strains in ground beef through the update of its testing services.

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OJ shipments denied entry to US as carbendazim block continues

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-imposed block on carbendazim-tainted orange juice and concentrate has seen a further three shipments denied entry into the US – taking the total to 30.

Expanded food safety-related records access will 'weed out' uncooperative firms - SGS

A ruling that will see the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) gain extended access to food industry records will “weed out” those companies that have not been cooperative during food safety incidents in the past.

Gold nanoparticles offer quick and easy Salmonella detection - developer

US researchers have developed the ‘El Dorado’ of foodborne Salmonella detection and outbreak prevention - using antibody-coated gold nanoparticles.

Agilent to boost Salmonella and food fraud detection through double edged FDA pact

Food safety specialist Agilent Technologies Inc. has entered into an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a move that will see them working alongside the agency on two fronts - to speed-up Salmonella subtypes detection and prevent food fraud.

Firefly enzyme technology offers quick pathogen detection option - developer

Technology that converts DNA sequences into light, using enzymes found in fireflies, can offer food processors a quick and simply result when testing for contaminated food, its developer has claimed.

CODEX-sanctioned gluten testing method may ‘underestimate’ values in hydrolysed foods such as beer, researcher claims

Spanish researchers claim to have developed a cheaper, faster and more accurate method for detecting gluten levels in hydrolysed foods, and found that numerous products tested, including beers, using their new assay showed gliadin levels well in excess of current CODEX standards.

Nature’s One CEO savages ‘flawed’ baby formula arsenic study, but author defends work

US organic baby formula manufacturer Nature’s One has attacked recent research suggesting that arsenic levels in its toddler formulas were a cause for concern, but the study’s lead author defended the work, even stating that new data published by the firm supported his conclusions.

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