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This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food regulation, legislation and worker safety. Worker injury and safety cases, updates on all things Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) act related and ammonia, carbon monoxide or other potentially hazardous substances leaking or spilling can be read under this tab. 

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Trio accused of selling horse meat as beef

Three men have been charged with selling horse meat as beef.

Micreos positive on EFSA Listex opinion

Micreos has said it is ‘very positive’ following a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion on its technology for Listeria monocytogenes in Ready to Eat (RTE) foods.

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Unilever recalls ice cream due to metal contamination

Unilever is recalling four batches of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream due to potential metal contamination.

Scotland launches food fraud hotline and warns Brexit could encourage criminals

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new food fraud hotline to help regulators and police tackle criminal activity in the supply chain, as well as protect the food sector’s...

FDA changes FSMA compliance dates and publishes draft guidance

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended and clarified compliance dates for certain parts of rules within the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Recall ‘multiplier effect’ back in force - Stericycle

Bacterial contamination-related recalls rocketed in Q2 2016, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

NSAC analyses produce and preventive controls FSMA rules

Two reports on rules for produce farms and processors under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been produced by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).

Irradiation is not a food safety panacea - NFU

Irradiation could be used as a “mop up operation” to compensate for unsanitary conditions and inadequate procedures, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU) which voiced its opposition to proposed...

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PASS launches food complaints service

Public Analyst Scientific Services (PASS) has launched a service to investigate reports of food faults received from consumers and manufacturers.

One in four Hong Kong soy sauces found to contain traces of carcinogen

More than a quarter of soy sauce brands tested by the Hong Kong Consumer Council have been found to contain a possibly carcinogenic compound, while a similar number failed to...

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Counterfeit vodka finding leads to suspended sentence

A man has been given a suspended sentence at Runcorn Magistrate’s Court after unsafe counterfeit vodka was found in his taxi.

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Wholesaler prosecuted for supplying goat meat found to be sheep

A UK meat wholesaler has been prosecuted after supplying sheep meat instead of goat.

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MPI investigates potential unregulated meat sales

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating an alleged unregulated meat premises.

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ANAB offers accreditation to GFCP

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is offering accreditation to the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP).

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Food safety reform subject of Georgian and Moldovan conference

Progress on food safety control systems and consumer protection was the subject of a conference in Georgia.

Allergic reaction to milk in Japan started internal investigation

IKEA expands chocolate recall due to allergen concerns

IKEA has expanded a chocolate recall with a further six products from more than 40 countries because of insufficient labelling of hazelnuts and almonds.

Yoghurts recalled due to rubber contamination

Yoghurts supplied by Yeo Valley have been recalled from six UK supermarkets as they could contain pieces of rubber.

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CDC funds tracking, investigatation and prevention of foodborne disease

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $30m to state and local health departments to track, investigate and prevent foodborne disease.

Unilever reveals it halted cornflake production in Israel over bacterial contamination

Unilever’s cornflakes have been in the spotlight in Israel after testing by the company revealed a bacterial contamination.

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Less than 1% of raw milk cheese contaminated - FDA

Raw milk cheese had less than a 1% contamination rate for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7 and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), according to testing data from the US...

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Dairy settles with EPA on alleged environmental violations

Sunshine Pride Dairy has paid almost $180,000 to settle alleged environmental violations at a former cheese processing facility.

3D inspection of beverage cans and glasses exceeds speeds of 1,200 containers per minute

Filtec has launched AURAtec, a laser-based inspection system that detects pressure inconsistencies in glass and can containers.    

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

Weis Markets recalls 30 bakery products in metal contamination alert

Weis Markets, which operates about 160 retail stores in Mid-Atlantic states, has recalled 30 bakery products over fears they may contain metal fragments.

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RF Biocidics pasteurization process for raw almonds certified

RF Biocidics has received certification for its system to pasteurize raw almonds.

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