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FDA outlines strategy for food import safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has outlined its strategy for ensuring the safety of imported foods in an effort to move away from seizing harmful goods to preventing their arrival, the agency said.

EFSA savages UK proposals for ‘smokie’ sheep production

The UK campaign to change in European law to allow smoked skin-on sheep meat for human consumption was dealt a blow when the region’s top food safety body rejected its production proposals as insufficient, incomplete and inadequate.

EFSA approves use of emulsifier in food contact materials – with conditions

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said it has no safety concerns for 3H-perfluoro-3, ammonium salt, for use in food contact materials under specific conditions.

E.coli unable to survive in corrugated packaging - trade body

High temperatures applied during the manufacture of corrugated packaging mean that bacteria such as E.coli are unable to survive in the material, said a European trade body.

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.

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