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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. 

Exclusive interview - part two

Rapidity of response not something to be played with - CFIA

Rapidity of response for a recall is not something ‘to be played with’ but evidence has to be solid, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Validactor looks to combat counterfeiting

No company should be left without the possibility to prove its products are safe and original, according to one of the co-founders of Validactor.

exclusive interview - part one

CFIA: Recall process like a three-legged stool

The recall process is like a three-legged stool involving industry, regulatory bodies and the consumer, according to the deputy chief food safety officer of Canada.

UPDATE

Belgium aware of fipronil in June

Belgian authorities were aware that eggs destined to enter the human food chain were contaminated with insecticide fipronil in June, a month before the news broke and a mass recall...

China direct

Contaminated Dutch eggs found in Hong Kong

Samples of Dutch eggs containing unsafe levels of the pesticide fipronil have been identified by authorities in Hong Kong.

Plus comments from PepsiCo, Kellogg, General Mills

ALP urges flexibility to achieve Listeria control

The Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention (ALP) has urged the FDA to give companies flexibility when looking to control Listeria monocytogenes that fits the level of risk in products and facilities.

Canadian grain industry permitted to use private labs

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is to allow exporters the option to have grain shipments tested by authorized laboratories.

News in brief

Annual World Food Safety Day moves step closer

Food safety could soon have an annual dedicated day after a vote at a recent FAO Conference.

News focus

Botulism increases in Ukraine and Salmonella up in Lithuania

Botulism in Ukraine and Salmonella in Lithuania feature in our round-up of global food safety news.

India

FSSAI told to forget about America and learn from China and Vietnam

The World Bank has urged India to be more self-aware and learn from middle-income countries to help it improve its food safety standards.

News in brief

Errington Cheese continues product safety battle

Errington Cheese is set for another procedural hearing in the battle to prove its product is safe to eat.

Fake food and alcohol seizures at EU borders jump

Customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border in 2016 with a value of more than €670m.

FSA and FSS welcome guilty verdict in meat fraud trial

The FSA and FSS have welcomed the guilty verdict in the trial of a businessman convicted of adding horsemeat into beef.

News in brief

Man dies in industrial accident at Berry Plastics

A 46-year-old man has died at Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, after claims he was struck by a piece of industrial machinery.

News in brief

Kent police seize wine in fraud investigation

Tens of thousands of bottles of wine have been seized by Kent Police in the UK.

News in brief

Fake food poisoning claims subject to UK clampdown

The UK Government is to crackdown on fake sickness claims that it says could increase holiday costs.

Chlorine-rinsed chicken ruffles feathers ahead of trade talks

The British Poultry Council has urged the Government to show confidence in on-farm food safety standards ahead of trade talks between the US and the UK.

Fears for food safety as UK changes risk management assessment

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to introduce a new “risk management framework” that could result in some businesses facing fewer, or even no inspections.

Bestherbs Coffee recall after undeclared ingredient similar to Viagra

Bestherbs Coffee has issued a voluntary recall of its New Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found it contained undeclared active pharmaceutical...

'The UK is still at risk of another ‘Horsegate’ scandal'

An investigator in the UK horsemeat scandal in 2012 claims while progress has been made in the food industry, security has to remain a priority for authorities and the police...

GE Bevpak water treatment targets beverage processing

GE Water & Process Technologies has launched Bevpak, a UF+RO (ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis) system which treats water for contaminants when producing beverages.

Tesco supply chain criticized in campylobacter chicken salad recall

Supermarket recalls thrust firms back into the spotlight and highlight inefficiencies amongst organizations and their supply chains, according to Crimson & Co.

Guest article

First Contact: Identifying Unexpected Contaminants in Food Contact Material using LC-HRMS

‘The accurate detection of migrating chemicals from food contact materials (FCM) into the food we eat is critical to ensure the safety of consumers.

Kraft on phthalates in macaroni and cheese: ‘Our products are safe for consumers to enjoy’

Traces of phthalates, a chemical found in food packaging and equipment, were detected in products of powdered macaroni and cheese mixes, according to a study by the Coalition for Safer...

China direct

Shanghai prepares for launch of wide-ranging food safety platform

China’s commercial capital will soon use an “exhaustive food safety management platform” to monitor the activities of its food businesses.

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