Chinese athletes preparing for the 2012 London Olympics have been banned from eating pork over fears they may consume clenbuterol – the prohibited performance enhancing substance that led to Tour de France winner Alberto Contador's recent sports ban.
Top Japanese dairy companies have announced that they are set to begin screening products for radiation at around 180 factories, in response to growing consumer concerns about radioactivity levels in food.
Over half of food processing and packaging firms on the Chinese mainland failed safety inspections in 2011 – a figure food quality control company AsiaInspection has called “alarming.”
A breakthrough handheld nanotechnology-based bio-sensor can detect a range of threats including Listeria, Salmonella and E.coli in as little as an hour, its developer has claimed.
US food safety officials have denied entry to 11 shipments of orange juice products, including five from Brazil, after carbendazim was found in import samples.
The acquisition of Matrix MicroScience will significantly reduce testing time and costs through the combination of complementary foodborne pathogen testing equipment, Life Technologies has claimed.
Smoked salmon products were detained and destroyed in a pre-emptive move by US food safety authorities after Listeria monocytogenes was found in a Maine-based processing and storage facility.
Tainted powdered milk formula from Belgium has been recalled in Russia after more than a dozen babies were struck down with Salmonellosis.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $25m research grant to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to tackle Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in the beef supply chain.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is yet to find any trace of carbendazim in imports of orange juice since promising to block entry to shipments containing the fungicide.
Food safety officials in Hong Kong are continuing to liaise with US authorities over carbendazim levels in orange juice – despite tests on the beverage returning negative results.
Food safety authorities in Australia and New Zealand have taken steps to ban the sale of orange juice containing carbendazim – mirroring measures taken in the US.
The European orange juice industry has been put on notice by Brussels – with a warning that Brazilian juice imports could face carbendazim testing if US officials find high levels of the fungicide in shipments.
The orange juice/carbendazim row currently engulfing the US orange juice market “highlights the questionable way that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate pesticides in foods”, according to one food law attorney.
US food safety authorities have promised to take “necessary action” against levels of fungicide carbendazim in orange juice after being alerted to its presence in the beverage.
Costa Rica has suggested that a note attached to a proposed Codex draft seeking to set maximum limits (MLs) on melamine in liquid formula risks undermining the ‘spirit of international standard setting’.
Cargill has adopted high-pressure processing (HPP) at its ground turkey production facilities in an attempt to prevent future contaminations, the company announced.
Over 10% of raw poultry packaging is contaminated with Campylobacter, a Scottish study on poultry contamination has found.
China’s pork industry has taken its first steps towards meeting Western food safety regulations through the installation of a system to track pigs from farm to fork, technology giant IBM has claimed.
A food pathogen test, which can provide positive results in as little as 15 minutes, will revolutionise the food safety sector, its developer has claimed.
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