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Oxygen measuring laser will set new food quality standard - GasPorOx

A laser designed to measure gas content in sealed food packaging has the potential to set a new food industry standard for food quality and safety, according to the developer.

USB temperature monitor gives food safety boost

A new USB cost-effective and easy to use temperature monitoring label could help determine the quality and safety of food during and after transit, said the company behind the development.

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Cantaloupe listeria outbreak worst in a decade

The total number of reported cantaloupe related listeria deaths has risen, making the foodborne outbreak the worst in the US in the last decade.

Listeria and E.coli killing food packaging developed

Canadian researchers are using phages to target and kill foodborne pathogens such as listeria and E.coli present on the surface of ready-to-eat (RTE) and raw meats.

Eurofins forecast revenue milestone on food safety fears

Regulatory obligations and consumer concerns will see food testing group Eurofins break through the €1bn revenue barrier by 2013.

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€250m funding for EHEC affected farmers

The EU Budgets Committee has agreed to give an additional €250m in funding to European fruit and vegetable producers to help prevent future food contamination crises.

EFSA highlights EU meat inspection inadequacies

A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report into the modernisation of meat inspection has found that current swine evaluations do not adequately deal with certain foodborne hazards.

Eurofins expands portfolio to meet food testing demands

Global food testing group Eurofins is expanding its portfolio to meet the increased demand for food safety testing.

New test to detect colour adulteration of olives

Researchers from the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) have proposed a new procedure for the detection of illegal colour additives in green olives.

Health authorities slammed after unpublicised E.coli outbreak

UK health safety authorities have been criticised for their handling of an unpublicised eight month E.coli outbreak which infected 250 and killed one.

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.

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