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More regulation on the horizon following horse meat scandal?

The ongoing horse meat scandal in the UK and Ireland is very likely to prompt more and stricter legislation to ensure traceability, according to partner at UK law firm Roythornes LLP, Peter Bennett.

Urgent testing ordered as ‘beef’ lasagne found with 100% horse meat

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered all British companies to test their beef products after it found beef lasagne from Findus contained up to 100% horse meat.

Dangerous drug-laced ‘Brazilian slimming coffee’ brand still sold in US

Despite a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that a sibutramine-laced ‘Brazilian Slimming Coffee’ may pose a 'significant risk' to some US consumers, the product is still widely available online.

Burger King drops supplier over horse meat saga

Burger King has dropped supplier Silvercrest Foods as a beef patty supplier to its UK restaurants after it emerged that meat samples testing positive for horse DNA had come from its factory.

Russia moves to ban US meat

Russia is moving to ban US meat imports in the row over instances of contamination with ractopamine, a growth promoting chemical banned in Russia, with more contaminated consignments detected.

Eurofins acquisition boosts Dutch food testing capabilities

Eurofins has bought Dutch food testing centre Laboratorium Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (LZV) in a move that shores up its food and feed testing prowess in The Netherlands.

US highlights food fraud perils

Seafood, clouding agents and lemon juice are the latest categories targeted by food fraudsters flagged up by the US Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention’s Food Fraud Database.

Mettler-Toledo launches rapid moisture analyser

Mettler-Toledo has launched a high speed moisture analyser, which can be used on the factory floor as well as in a lab.

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Scientists develop sensitive BPA detection method

Scientists have developed a highly sensitive method of detecting the food contact material bisphenol-A (BPA) in food and water.

Kosher gains ground as global QC measure

Having foods and ingredients approved by Jewish rabbis may not seem a matter that would of great importance to non-Jewish food and supplement manufacturers – not so.

Listeria blamed for US smoked salmon recalls

Listeria monocytogenes contamination continues to drive a wave of US smoked salmon recalls.

EFSA panel raises concerns over mercury contamination

Consumers may be at risk of exceeding recommended consumption levels for methylmercury and inorganic mercury, according to evidence considered by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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FDA seeks public comment on setting thresholds for the big eight food allergens

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set up a  Federal Register Docket requesting data and other information to determine whether it can establish threshold levels for the 'big eight' major food allergens.

Mobile device enables easier food allergen testing

A simpler way to detect allergens in food samples has been devised with the launch of a new device for mobile phones developed by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

FDA faces lawsuit over food animal antibiotics data

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is suing the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for withholding data on the sale of antibiotics for use in food animals.

Biosensors a key area for nanotechnology

Nanobiosensors hold considerable potential as future areas of development for nanotechnology, according to a recent study.

Combined method reduces E.coli on spinach, finds study

Combining continuous ultrasound treatment with chlorine washing can reduce E.coli on spinach leaves, according to US scientists.

Improved allergen detection in chocolate with extra step, say researchers

Nut traces can be better detected in dark chocolate and biscuits by adding a clean-up step, say Italian researchers.

Scientists developing anti-counterfeit milk powder source test

Scientists in New Zealand are developing a method to identify the geographical source of milk powder products – a potential answer to the problem of counterfeit ‘Made in New Zealand’ infant formula products.

Dispatches from Pack Expo 2012

Mocon showcases oxygen permeability equipment

Mocon marketing manager Guy Wray talked FoodProductionDaily editor Rod Addy through the latest upgrades to its oxygen permeability testers at Pack Expo 2012 in Chicago.

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