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Romer Labs acquisition boosts pathogen detection

Romer Labs has taken a leap forward in its pathogen detection services by purchasing US biotech firm Strategic Diagnostics’ (SDIX’s) food safety and genetically modified organism (GMO) businesses for $13.5m, it claims.

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety.

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FSIS announces changes for Listeria product sampling

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is to change the current procedures for Listeria moncytogenes product sampling.

FSANZ calls for submissions on Listeria

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on plans to review existing limits for Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat foods.

Cold atmospheric plasma potential yet to be fully unlocked for detecting Salmonella

Researchers have found cold atmospheric plasmas (CAP) can tackle Salmonella but the bacteria can ‘hide’ in the bumps of strawberries and the pores in lettuce leaves.

Mengniu manager arrested over production date fraud

A Mengniu Dairy Co. sales manager has been arrested in China under suspicion of altering the production dates on thousands of cases of milk products manufactured by the Chinese dairy giant.

Chamberlain Farms named as source of Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak

Chamberlain Farms has been named as the source of the outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium from cantaloupes that has killed two and sickened nearly 200 people in 21 states.

Deadly US Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to cantaloupes

US authorities have linked cantaloupes from an Indiana farm to a multi-state Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak, which to-date has sickened 141 people across 20 states and killed two.

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Food Safety Recall Round-up 9-16 August 2012

A selection of the biggest recalls from around the world in the last week.....

Australia confirms safety of re-formulated Nestlé NAN infant formula

The New South Wales (NSW) Food Authority has confirmed the safety of a re-formulated Nestlé infant formula product following consumer complaints that the new recipe was making children ill.

Hong Kong pulls Japanese infant formula from shelves over iodine levels

Authorities in Hong Kong have ordered the recall of two Japanese-manufactured powdered infant formula products after tests found iodine levels in the products were too low.

Re-formulated Nestlé infant formula tested after consumer complaints

Nestlé Australia has ordered tests on its recently re-formulated Nestlé NAN H.A. 1 Gold infant formula after it received a number of complaints from parents that the 'new, improved' product was making their children ill.

EFSA publishes first opinions on PET recycling process safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its first three scientific opinions on the safety of processes to recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in food contact materials.

Cocoa contamination not a major source of carcinogen in diet, say researchers

Cocoa products do not represent a major source of the potential carcinogen ochratoxin A in the diet, but may still requite monitoring, according to a new analysis of the supply chain.

Innovation reduces infant formula arsenic to ‘undetectable levels’ - Nature’s One

Organic infant formula manufacturer Nature’s One has developed a filtration technology that reduces arsenic found in organic brown rice syrup (OBRS) to undetectable levels.

Radioactive Japanese oatmeal discovered in Hong Kong

An oatmeal product, manufactured in and imported from Japan, has been found to contain low levels of radioactivity by food safety authorities in Hong Kong.

US infant formula makers refuse to back BPA ban petition as decision edges closer

The International Formula Council (IFC) has refused to support the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-lodged petition that could see bisphenol A (BPA) banned in infant formula packaging in the US.

Five-year ‘100K Genome Project’ aims to speed foodborne pathogen analysis

Government agencies have partnered with UC Davis and Agilent Technologies to create a new database of 100,000 foodborne pathogen genomes to help speed identification of bacteria responsible for illness outbreaks.

Norway food contact material controls not EEA compliant - EFTA

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has been urged to step-up its food contact material controls, after a review found major “shortcomings” in its compliance with European Economic Area (EEA) legislation.

Mead Johnson loses certification scrap in India

Infant nutrition giant Mead Johnson has lost a legal battle over formula labelling in India.

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