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EFSA’s latest furan safety report urges more research

More research is needed to reveal the risks of the carcinogen furan – particularly with regard to the health of infants and coffee drinkers, warns a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Regulator assesses code change for raw milk in Australia

Food safety authorities are calling for public comment on changes that would allow raw milk (non-pasteurised) products to be processed and sold in Australia.

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FSA aims to crack the problem of nasty nuts from China

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating reports of bitter tasting pine nuts imported from China after consumers complained of unpleasant, metallic notes sometimes lasting up to two weeks after consumption.

'Few technologies could survive' flawed GM salmon review process, warns ex FDA panel member

A former member of the government committee charged with assessing the safety of the first genetically engineered (GE) fish for human consumption says “few, if any technologies could survive” the flawed review process.

“Shoddy” herbal safety study slammed for bias

A study that found 75% of herbal products on sale in the UK were not adequately labelled with safety information has been criticised for mischaracterising the majority of products it assessed like ginseng, ginkgo and St John's wort.

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FSA launches leak enquiry as board member suspended

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating how a letter to its Scottish Food Advisory Committee (SFAC) chair and board member informing him of his suspension was leaked to the press.

Coca-Cola, Del Monte, Dole and others dismiss lead-in-juice allegations

A troop of beverage companies in the US, including Coca-Cola, Del Monte and Dole, have made a move to dismiss allegations that their fruit juices contain harmful lead traces.

EU validates test methods for sports drinks contaminated with plasticiser

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published three methods to detect an illegal clouding agent that was found earlier this year in sports drinks imported from Taiwan.

Coke Zero incident results in stricter checks

Taiwan has said it would intensify checks on imported products into the country after a batch of concentrate for a Coca-Cola product was found to contain a preservative banned in the country.

Engineers flag up processing, traceability methods to lower chocolate recalls

Recalls of chocolate products could be significantly lower if there was more rigorous traceability in the chocolate supply chain and if brand owners adopted processing techniques that relied on reduced batch dispersion, find a new study.

GM salmon boss attacks senators for ‘misinformed paranoia’

The boss of a Massachusetts-based firm attempting to commercialize genetically engineered farmed salmon has accused a small group of senators opposing the move of “willfully ignoring science-based research” and spreading “misinformed paranoia”.

Chromium picolinate benefitting from EFSA quality seal of approval

High quality chromium picolinate, the blood glucose controlling mineral form last year approved for use in foods in the European Union by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), is benefitting from the approval that backed high quality forms of the synthetically produced substance, a supplier has said.

Food companies’ supply chains “at risk” from new GMO feed rules

Food manufacturers face extra costs and the potential risk of GMOs entering the food chain as new GMO rules for imported feed come into force on Friday, warns Cert ID Europe.

Study calls for mandatory allergy boxes on labels

Allergen advice boxes on labels should be mandatory, a new study suggests, as most consumers look at this rather than the ingredients list.

EFSA holds applicants’ hands through food enzyme safety process

EFSA’s enzymes panel has now spelt out in more detail exactly what food companies and other applicants need to do to show that a particular food enzyme is worthy of EU safety approval.

New method to detect drugs in milk

A new detection method could provide an effective way of detecting contaminants in milk, according to new research.

Government has ‘no perception’ of E.coli crisis impact

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has criticised “UK government plc” for what it describes as a damaging and misleading response to the deadly European E.coli crisis that has left this country's fresh produce industry in turmoil.

BPA-exposed male deer mice less macho and more likely to get lost

Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) demasculinizes male deer mice, makes them less attractive to females of the species and hampers their navigational abilities, according to new US research.

Heavy rain puts Ivorian cocoa quality under threat

Questions have been raised about the quality of the cocoa crop in the Ivory Coast following heavy rainfall in the region.

Quality of nano toxicity data is ‘not great’, says expert

The limited nature of many toxicity studies into engineered nanoparticles used in the food and dietary supplements industry makes it very difficult to draw firm conclusions about their safety, according to one expert in the field.

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