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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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Coca Cola turns to ESG for advanced ozone water treatment technology

‘Over the last 15 years, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of the largest bottlers in the country, has benefited from advanced ozone water treatment technology, installed and maintained...

Kellogg recalls 10,000 cases of Eggo waffles over listeria bug fear

Kellogg has voluntarily recalled around 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat waffles over fears they may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes listeriosis.

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Killing at source: How to avoid cadmium and lead in chocolate

ForestFinest Consulting outlines steps chocolate makers can take to comply with incoming regulations on heavy metal traces.

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German donation helps WTO members boost food safety

Germany has pledged €150,000 (CHF 164,000) to help the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) poorest members implement food safety so they can actively participate in world trade.

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FDA provides funds to help produce rule implementation

More than $21m has been made available to support states with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule.

#DNPkills: ‘if you are selling DNP online or offline we will find you’

Dangerous weight loss pill dealers busted in Northern Ireland

Authorities in Northern Ireland have shut down two operations selling weight loss products containing the dangerous industrial chemical DNP (2,4 dinitrophenol) as part of a broader sting.

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World Bank supports agriculture sector in Montenegro

Montenegro is to get additional financing for resources to strengthen rural areas and increase preparedness for European Union accession.

CETA puts food safety at risk – report

The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Europe and Canada will put food safety at risk, according to the Council of Canadians.

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Intertek accredited to certify exported products

Intertek’s food testing laboratory in Hyderabad has been accredited by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

Nuts and seeds top recalled category for EU in Q2

Nuts and seeds were the highest recalled commodity in Q2 making up almost half of total recalls in Europe, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

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China ramps up inspections of regional food safety authorities

Beijing will send inspectors to provincial governments to review their food safety records as part of a wide-reaching annual assessment of progress.

Small importers and producers raise FSVP compliance concerns

Small importers and producers are at a higher risk of failing to comply with a FSMA rule than mid-sized and large importers and producers, according to findings from meetings on...

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Milk sample falsification cases decreasing - SFVS

Cases of milk sample falsification have decreased by more than ten times compared to 2012, according to Lithuanian data.

Australia

Regulator warns of weight-loss supplements containing banned pharma

Australia's medicines regulator has renewed warnings of the dangers of buying weight-loss supplements from unknown overseas websites.

ICT making food safety advances possible - FAO

Advances in information and communication technology (ICT) are leading to improvements in food security and safety in Asia and the Pacific, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)....

Call for aflatoxin-free almond labelling rejected by EU Commission

An Italian  MEP’s call for tested almonds to be labelled as free of the carcinogenic mycotoxin, aflatoxin, was rejected by the EU Commission earlier this month.

AOAC document ensures LC-MS/MS allergen methods are fit for purpose

The first community driven standard performance requirements (SMPR) document for LC-MS/MS of food allergens has been published by AOAC.

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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.

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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.

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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