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Mead Johnson Nutrition facing lawsuit over US meningitis death

Mead Johnson Nutrition is facing court in the US over allegations that its Enfamil brand powdered baby formula was responsible for the death of one infant and two cases of serious illness.

E.coli threat prompts sprouted seeds measures

EU Member States have endorsed strict hygiene measures for ready-to-eat sprouted seeds to prevent incidents such as the deadly E.coli O104 outbreak in Germany and France last year.

Stable Micro Systems enhances texture analysis

Stable Micro Systems has boosted its texture analysis capabilities for the food and supplement industries with the introduction of its Automated Linear Indexing System (ALIS).

Roka Bioscience assay receives extended salmonella certification

Roka Bioscience has received certification for 10 additional matrices for its Atlas Salmonella Detection Assay.

China food safety firm secures millions of dollars in sales

China Health Labs & Diagnostics has secured $11.6m of orders for food safety products and its Type B BK Food Safety Rapid Test System (BK-iRT) from theBeijingmunicipal government.

Eurofins unveils lean thinking lab

Eurofins Scientific has opened the doors of a food testing laboratory designed using lean thinking at Wolverhampton in the UK.

Romer Labs acquisition boosts pathogen detection

Romer Labs has taken a leap forward in its pathogen detection services by purchasing US biotech firm Strategic Diagnostics’ (SDIX’s) food safety and genetically modified organism (GMO) businesses for $13.5m, it claims.

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety.

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FSIS announces changes for Listeria product sampling

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is to change the current procedures for Listeria moncytogenes product sampling.

FSANZ calls for submissions on Listeria

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on plans to review existing limits for Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat foods.

Cold atmospheric plasma potential yet to be fully unlocked for detecting Salmonella

Researchers have found cold atmospheric plasmas (CAP) can tackle Salmonella but the bacteria can ‘hide’ in the bumps of strawberries and the pores in lettuce leaves.

Mengniu manager arrested over production date fraud

A Mengniu Dairy Co. sales manager has been arrested in China under suspicion of altering the production dates on thousands of cases of milk products manufactured by the Chinese dairy giant.

Chamberlain Farms named as source of Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak

Chamberlain Farms has been named as the source of the outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium from cantaloupes that has killed two and sickened nearly 200 people in 21 states.

Deadly US Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to cantaloupes

US authorities have linked cantaloupes from an Indiana farm to a multi-state Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak, which to-date has sickened 141 people across 20 states and killed two.

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Food Safety Recall Round-up 9-16 August 2012

A selection of the biggest recalls from around the world in the last week.....

Australia confirms safety of re-formulated Nestlé NAN infant formula

The New South Wales (NSW) Food Authority has confirmed the safety of a re-formulated Nestlé infant formula product following consumer complaints that the new recipe was making children ill.

Hong Kong pulls Japanese infant formula from shelves over iodine levels

Authorities in Hong Kong have ordered the recall of two Japanese-manufactured powdered infant formula products after tests found iodine levels in the products were too low.

Re-formulated Nestlé infant formula tested after consumer complaints

Nestlé Australia has ordered tests on its recently re-formulated Nestlé NAN H.A. 1 Gold infant formula after it received a number of complaints from parents that the 'new, improved' product was making their children ill.

EFSA publishes first opinions on PET recycling process safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its first three scientific opinions on the safety of processes to recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in food contact materials.

Cocoa contamination not a major source of carcinogen in diet, say researchers

Cocoa products do not represent a major source of the potential carcinogen ochratoxin A in the diet, but may still requite monitoring, according to a new analysis of the supply chain.

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