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FSA backs EFSA opinion on ‘insufficient’ poultry meat inspection practices

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific opinion on poultry meat inspection, which questioned whether current practices were sufficient to ensure consumer safety.

Codex regulation ‘bolts the door’ on infant milk melamine contamination

The Codex Alimentarius Commission has set new maximum limits for melamine in liquid infant milk in an effort to ‘bolt-up’ regulations and prevent a repeat of the 2008 Chinese scandal caused by the chemical.

EFSA gives go-ahead for threshold of toxicological concern (TTC) chemical screening

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended use of the threshold of toxicological concern (TTC) chemical screening tool in the risk assessment of food - paving the way for its use in policy making.

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Eurofins acquires NZ Labs in latest Asia Pacific expansion move

Eurofins Scientific has extended its presence in the expanding Asia Pacific region through the acquisition of New Zealand Laboratory Services (NZ Labs).

Over 250,000 eggs recalled in Germany in latest dioxin scare

More than a quarter of a million chicken eggs are being recalled in Germany after in-house testing discovered “excessive levels” of the poisonous chemical, dioxin.

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China detects 15,000 cases of substandard food in 2012

China has detected 15,000 cases of substandard food and shut down 5,700 unlicensed businesses since the beginning of 2012, the country’s state media outlet, Xinhua, has reported.

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InstantLabs salmonella testing kit awarded AOAC certification

InstantLabs’ Salmonella Species Food Safety Kit has been awarded an AOAC Performance Tested certificate.

No source identified in lethal US E.coli O145 outbreak - CDC

US investigators are yet to discover the source of an E.coli O145 outbreak, which to-date has sickened more than a dozen people and killed one.

Fera and Waters Corp to open training facility in effort to improve import safety

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and Waters Corporation are to open a new lab-based training facility in the UK in an effort to improve the standard of imported food “at the origin.”

UK develops screening techniques for printing ink ‘set off’

The UK has announced the development of new scanner that detects and measures the transfer and migration of recently adopted printing ink components used in food packaging.

FDA updates Reportable Food Registry (RFR) in effort to track safety trends

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced a ‘questionnaire’ to its Reportable Food Registry (RFR) in an effort to improve the programme’s information gathering capabilities.

Danone mineral water brand Evian fails Chinese entry inspection

Danone mineral water brand Evian has failed another entry inspection in China due to unacceptably high nitrite levels, according to local media reports.

Canada looks to standardise food safety practices in latest modernisation move

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has outlined plans to standardise its inspection practices in an effort to keep up-to-speed with the changing food safety “landscape.”

FSIS confirms start of beef sampling for six non-O157 E.coli strains

Sampling of raw beef manufacturing trimmings for six non-O157 strains of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) is set to begin from 4 June 2012, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has confirmed.

Imports not to blame for food incident report increase - FSA

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has denied any correlation between growing imports and an increase in food incident reports in 2011, despite Salmonella-contaminated paan leaves from India and Bangladesh being a driving factor.

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.

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