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Foodborne outbreak reporting guidelines updated

Guidelines for reporting of foodborne outbreaks to the European Union have been updated to use the same dataset for strong and weak evidence-based reports.

Temperature abuse findings for pathogens in salad

Temperature abuse of commercially produced, fresh-cut salad greens is most likely to occur during retail storage, according to researchers.

Canned food ups fruit and vegetable intake

The use of cans in food packaging boosts fruit and vegetable intake, increases nutritional benefits, and makes edibles safer.

ECHA backs move to strengthen BPA classification

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has backed a proposal to strengthen the existing harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of bisphenol A (BPA).

OSHA: Schwan’s could redeem itself after violations

An OSHA leader says Schwan’s has the chance to make amends, rather than pay the full $185,700 in penalties, if it fixes the safety and training gaffes it was cited...

Bee-rilliant! Eurofins develops NMR test for honey

Eurofins has developed an analytical technique to test different kinds of honey using high resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) profiling.


Coke thrashes out EPA deal after $278,000 ammonia fine threat

Coke is brokering a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it threatened a $278,000 fine for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at a Minute Maid plant...

FooDS tracks top trends for food firms

Market research from Oklahoma State University delivers data on consumer preferences and behavior, to help food manufacturers plan for future production.

CiderLab system for quality control in cider processing

An analysis system for use during cider processing can help industry test for a range of parameters, according to Quadrachem Laboratories (QCL).

Salmonella causes greatest health burden

Salmonella causes the greatest overall burden annually in the US according to a metric to measure health-related quality of life.

5 second rule holds truth?

The ‘five second rule’ about picking up food after it has been dropped on the floor may have some scientific basis, according to research.

OSHA's citations carry $185,700 in penalties

Schwan’s faces 32 serious H&S violations

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found Schwan's Global Supply Chain, which manufactures frozen foods including Red Baron pizza and Mrs. Smith's desserts, in...

Intertek opens UK lab for faster turnaround times

Intertek has opened a UKAS accredited food laboratory in Derbyshire, UK which will focus on providing results in quick turnaround times for microbiological testing requirements.

Prepare your packaging for nutrition label changes

March is National Nutrition Month—the ideal time, according to one US label manufacturer—to take stock and get ready for the new label requirements on the horizon.

EFSA finds inorganic arsenic intake lower than previously thought

Estimates of dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic in food have been lowered after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looked again at data.


Life Technologies: Foodborne illness hits 1 in 6 Americans

Growing concerns about foodborne illness, waste, and feeding a booming global population are placing increasing demands on food testing, according to Life Technologies.

Nanosilver concerns raised by researchers

Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) can penetrate cells and possibly cause damage but saying they make you sick is ‘premature’, according to a study.

Nestlé keeps top secret under wraps during live Twitter chat

How does Nestlé get the bubbles into an Aero chocolate bar, why is food engineering dominated by men and what high tech kit produces instant coffee?

Study identifies ‘quick and simple’ test for salt levels in food

A ‘novel method’ for measuring salt content in food is said to be more robust and easy to use than current techniques, according to a new study.

Allergens survey highlights risks in industry practice

Nearly a third of food businesses have no corporate allergen management systems in place, an SGS survey has found.

Gel quality scores for E.coli typing need improving

Gel quality scores for typing VTEC E.coli using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) were lower than Salmonella and Listeria, according to an EU report.

News in brief

Drastic French sperm slump linked to wine pesticides

Pesticides in wine may be responsible for a drastic drop in French men's sperm count, according to a large-scale study.

dispatches from EU Food Manufacturing and Safety Summit

Food firms discuss challenges at EU summit

Mars, Premier Foods and Royal FrieslandCampina gave their food safety thoughts at an EU summit.

Romer Labs grows allergen testing kits

Romer Labs has expanded two test kits for allergen testing to offer customers an increased choice of food matrixes.

dispatches from EU food manufacturing and safety summit

Centralized strategy meets supply chain needs, says McDonald's

One centralized food safety system for the supply chain is simpler and easier to manage, according to McDonald's Europe.

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