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GM salmon boss attacks senators for ‘misinformed paranoia’

The boss of a Massachusetts-based firm attempting to commercialize genetically engineered farmed salmon has accused a small group of senators opposing the move of “willfully ignoring science-based research” and spreading “misinformed paranoia”.

Chromium picolinate benefitting from EFSA quality seal of approval

High quality chromium picolinate, the blood glucose controlling mineral form last year approved for use in foods in the European Union by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), is benefitting from the approval that backed high quality forms of the synthetically produced substance, a supplier has said.

Food companies’ supply chains “at risk” from new GMO feed rules

Food manufacturers face extra costs and the potential risk of GMOs entering the food chain as new GMO rules for imported feed come into force on Friday, warns Cert ID Europe.

Study calls for mandatory allergy boxes on labels

Allergen advice boxes on labels should be mandatory, a new study suggests, as most consumers look at this rather than the ingredients list.

EFSA holds applicants’ hands through food enzyme safety process

EFSA’s enzymes panel has now spelt out in more detail exactly what food companies and other applicants need to do to show that a particular food enzyme is worthy of EU safety approval.

New method to detect drugs in milk

A new detection method could provide an effective way of detecting contaminants in milk, according to new research.

Government has ‘no perception’ of E.coli crisis impact

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has criticised “UK government plc” for what it describes as a damaging and misleading response to the deadly European E.coli crisis that has left this country's fresh produce industry in turmoil.

BPA-exposed male deer mice less macho and more likely to get lost

Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) demasculinizes male deer mice, makes them less attractive to females of the species and hampers their navigational abilities, according to new US research.

Heavy rain puts Ivorian cocoa quality under threat

Questions have been raised about the quality of the cocoa crop in the Ivory Coast following heavy rainfall in the region.

Quality of nano toxicity data is ‘not great’, says expert

The limited nature of many toxicity studies into engineered nanoparticles used in the food and dietary supplements industry makes it very difficult to draw firm conclusions about their safety, according to one expert in the field.

Cloned meat divides consumers in US and EU

American consumers are more accepting of cloned animal products than their European counterparts, according to new research from Kansas State University.

Labelling rules for "quality” foods to be streamlined

Dark chocolate and salt are among the foods covered by draft new rules that aim to speed up quality labelling of agricultural products in the EU.

FDA outlines strategy for food import safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has outlined its strategy for ensuring the safety of imported foods in an effort to move away from seizing harmful goods to preventing their arrival, the agency said.

EFSA savages UK proposals for ‘smokie’ sheep production

The UK campaign to change in European law to allow smoked skin-on sheep meat for human consumption was dealt a blow when the region’s top food safety body rejected its production proposals as insufficient, incomplete and inadequate.

EFSA approves use of emulsifier in food contact materials – with conditions

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said it has no safety concerns for 3H-perfluoro-3, ammonium salt, for use in food contact materials under specific conditions.

E.coli unable to survive in corrugated packaging - trade body

High temperatures applied during the manufacture of corrugated packaging mean that bacteria such as E.coli are unable to survive in the material, said a European trade body.

New natural alternative preservative for cottage cheese

A new cottage cheese preservative from Danisco offers manufacturers a natural alternative to its chemical predecessor, says the firm.

Active packaging tops MAP for gluten-free bread’s shelf life, study

Cinnamon-based active packaging is a suitable alternative to modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for gluten-free bread on both a microbiological and sensory basis, finds new research.

Germany pledges 'immediate' review after E.coli crisis contained

Germany has indicated it will conduct a review into the effectiveness of its response to the huge outbreak of E.coli as it sought to rebut growing unease that it appeared no nearer confirming the source of the deadly bacteria.

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EFSA rejects 86-study strong Valio probiotic gut health claim

The European Food Safety Authority has rejected an article 13.5 health claim that sought to link consumption of the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, with gastrointestinal benefits.

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