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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. 

ConAgra to pay $11.2m to settle Salmonella case

A subsidiary of ConAgra will pay $11.2m related to the shipment of contaminated peanut butter linked to a 2006-07 Salmonella outbreak.

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Safe snack NPD: Microbial risks must be considered, warns expert

Snack product developers must carefully consider microbial risks that could be associated with use of new ingredients or processes, says an expert.

Safe Food Coalition welcomes final rule on mechanically tenderized beef

Members of the Safe Food Coalition have welcomed the final rule to require labeling of mechanically tenderized beef products.

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Unapproved substance prompts poultry recall

AA Poultry Processing is recalling almost 2,200 pounds of chicken and 21 pounds of turkey products, which may be contaminated with trichloro-s-triazinetrione, which is not approved for poultry processing.

Dominant strains of Lactobacillus curvatus and Lsakei

Scientists examine growth curves for lactobacilli (LAB) in smoked ham

A project that looks at predictive models for bacterial growth in cured ham has found dominant strains of Lactobacillus curvatus at 4°C and Lsakei at 8°C.

Nanoparticles in consumer products significantly alter normal gut bacteria

Exposure to metal oxide nanoparticles at levels that could be present in foods and drinking water could lead to measurable changes in the gut microbiota, say researchers.

NAMPA and ACC hit out at BPA decision

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) have slammed a decision by a Californian committee to list bisphenol A (BPA) on Proposition 65.

New Zealand treating 1080 infant formula contamination threat as 'live': MPI

New Zealand is treating the sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) infant formula contamination threat - detailed in blackmail letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers - as "live."

Why are EU labelling laws failing to protect consumers from fish fraud?

With no ingredient or species information required for processed fish products, seafood fraud in Europe is prevalent – so why is EU legislation failing to protect consumers?

Revised ISO 22000 on food safety management set for 2017

Suppliers including pet food manufacturers and water companies are to be consulted on a revision of ISO 22000 on food safety management, due to be published in 2017.

200 scientists sign consensus asking for PFCs in food packaging to be phased out

Over 200 scientists from 38 countries have signed a consensus statement asking for PFCs in food packaging to be phased out, according to The Green Science Policy Institute.

Tap Root Dairy owner sentenced for Clean Water Act violation

The owner of a dairy farm in North Carolina has been sentenced and fined for violating the Clean Water Act, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Senators urge full FSMA funding

Seven senators have urged full funding of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety work through the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 

Food safety legislation in the US and Europe now a blueprint for emerging markets such as China

Food safety legislation and standards in both the US and the European Union are now blueprints for similar regulations in emerging markets, such as China, both to improve safety for...

Nestlé wades into debate on rapid and conventional microbiological methods

Nestlé is one of the keynote speakers wading into the debate about ‘what’s new’ in traditional and rapid methods for food-orientated microorganisms.

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Fleixcon offers free testing on its sanitary Tubular Cable Conveyor for preventing plant contamination

Flexicon has launched a Flexi-Disc sanitary Tubular Cable Conveyor for fragile bulk foods and non-foods and is offering free testing at its laboratory in Pennsylvania, US.

Which supplements were rejected at the EU border this month?

Adulteration, mislabelling and heavy metal contents. We trawled the EU’s alert database to find out which supplements had been blocked at the border this month.

Food firm’s boss fined £14,000 for filthy factory

A food factory owner was fined £14,000 after he pleaded guilty to a total of 14 offences under food safety legislation at Bexley Magistrates’ Court.

No cracks here: EVT Egg Counter revolutionizes food processing industry

Eye Vision Technology (EVT) has launched Egg Counter, an EyeVision software to separate and count eggs on a production line.

Injunction against sprout producer linked to Listeria outbreak

A consent decree of permanent injunction has been filed against Wholesome Soy Products which shut late last year after products were linked to an outbreak of Listeria.

‘Critical shortage’ of meat inspectors, claims union

A Canadian union has claimed meat and slaughter sites in Quebec are operating with fewer inspectors than required to ensure compliance with safety requirements.

Romanian audit finds improvement but weak controls - FVO

Progress has been made but controls on the production and storage of food of animal origin remain weak in Romania, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

How to restore consumer confidence after a food scandal

Accountability is key to rebuilding consumer confidence in the industry following a food scandal  - a company’s response to accusations of contamination is almost as important as its actual role...

Listeria risk awareness should be increased - ECDC

Awareness should be increased about listeriosis from RTE foods in risk groups, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

FVO slams Russian dairy controls

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has found ‘significant deficiencies’ in Russian controls for export of dairy products and casings to the European Union (EU).