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‘More can be done’ in reducing foodborne infections - CDC

Campylobacter infections rose and Salmonella, E.coli O157 and Listeria stayed around the same, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.

Austrian Listeria outbreaks came from different sources

Two outbreaks of Listeria in Austria which killed eight people were distinct and did not recently evolve from a common ancestor, according to research.  

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Puerto Rico bakery shut after labeling violations and ‘unacceptable’ sanitary conditions

A court has ruled Puerto Rico bakery Los Genuinos must halt production after the US FDA found it had failed to address unsanitary conditions and labeling violations.

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DairyGuard fights against milk powder adulteration

Precise, specific and reproducible results must be achieved when screening for known and unknown adulterants in milk powder, according to PerkinElmer.

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DNA extraction without contamination risk

Automation and the avoidance of cross contamination are crucial when extracting DNA, according to Analytik Jena.   

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Brand protection driving on-site testing

Brand protection is the number one driving force for rapid tests and food companies testing on-site, according to Neogen.

Further horsemeat tests ordered

A new round of tests to see if beef products contain horse has been ordered by the European Commission.

Hot sauce processor declared a ‘public nuisance’

The embattled producer of sriracha, a popular hot sauce, has 90 days to contain fumes emitted by its processing plant, or the city could shut the operation down.

Improper pest management bugs food safety managers

Insects might be small, but they can cause big problems in a food processing operation if they are not properly dealt with, says the USDA.

Potential BPA replacements ‘need more study’

Denmark’s National Food Institute (NFI) has said it considers it ‘unwise’ to replace bisphenol A (BPA) with any of five compounds it studied until more data is available.

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EFSA BPA re-evaluation delayed

The full risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) has been moved to the end of 2014, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Catch food fraud before it happens

Food fraud must be dealt with swiftly and seriously to prevent harm to consumer health, according to one industry expert.

Foodborne outbreaks down but less being solved - CSPI

Foodborne illness outbreaks have dropped but less are being solved, according to a Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) report.

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Food safety training must evolve to succeed

Keeping up with ever-changing regulatory requirements and increasingly complex processing environments requires an evolved approach to safety training, according to one industry expert.

CDC collects 40 years’ worth of Salmonella data

Salmonella data spanning 40 years has been put together in the hope of finding ways to reduce infections in the future.

Candy counterstrike: Ukraine bans chocolate from Russia’s United Confectioners

The Ukrainian government has banned certain candy and chocolate products from part Russian state-owned firm United Confections.

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Mobile colorimeter meets immediate analysis needs

Making decisions based on quick on-site analysis is helping to drive the demand for mobile colorimeters, according to Merck Millipore.

Food Safety Summit gives ‘invaluable’ hands-on experience

The annual Food Safety Event brings together brand owners, food processors, and other professionals to tackle top safety problems and concerns.

FSA calls for campylobacter research

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is inviting tenders for campylobacter research, to explain figures that suggest rates of food poisoning from the bacteria are lower in deprived areas of Scotland...

Antimicrobial resistance differs ‘greatly’ between member states

Salmonella and Campylobacter are showing significant resistance to common antimicrobials, according to an EU report.

100 sickened by illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese

Illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese has been linked to around 100 cases of Salmonella.

EFSA identifies contamination risk factors for leafy greens

Each farm environment represents a unique combination that can influence occurrence and persistence of pathogens in leafy greens production, according to an EU scientific opinion.

No scientific or legal basis to further expand recall, says Nutriom

Nutriom has partially expanded a recall of egg products but said there is ‘no scientific or legal basis to further expand' it in response to a USDA statement that it...

Worker dies at food packaging facility

A worker at Anchor Packaging, a company that manufactures a variety of food packaging, has died while working at a thermoforming factory.

Food safety research ‘non-competitive’, says Nestlé

Nestlé has called food safety research ‘non- competitive’ as it opens a facility to tackle the issue in China.

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