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Vivione Biosciences receives first AOAC certification

Vivione Biosciences has received Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) certification for its E. coli O157 and Non O157 STEC diagnostic tests for the RAPID-B platform.

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Five arrested as meat scandal spreads to more international chains

As more American companies are embroiled in China’s latest food safety scandal, five people have been detained following a probe into a company that allegedly supplied stale meat to fast-food...

Six Evol Foods employees sickened by carbon monoxide

Half a dozen staffers at the company’s frozen food processing plant have been sickened by carbon monoxide emissions.

Sysco penalized $19.4m for unrefrigerated food storage

Food distribution giant Sysco has been ordered to pay nearly $20m in restitution for keeping perishable food in unrefrigerated storage.

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Singing about foodborne pathogens is "Weird"

With his latest single, comedy genius "Weird Al" Yankovic has accomplished what is likely an industry first: climbing to the top of the charts with a song about foodborne pathogens....

Canada demands clearer nutrition labels

The Canadian government is proposing changes to its labels on food packaging to make the data more accessible and easily understood by consumers.

ConAgra cookie production goes nut-free

Lofthouse Cookies, a ConAgra Foods brand, has transitioned its main bakery to nut-free production to accommodate demand for allergen-free products.

Aspen withdraws S-26 follow-on formula over lizard contamination claim

A batch of S-26 Original Progress follow-on formula has been pulled from shelves in Australia after a consumer reported finding a dead lizard in a tin.

Lockout/tagout standard is most cited OSHA violation

Violation of lockout/tagout (LO/TO) rules was the most frequently cited infraction of an OSHA standard during 2012‒2013 in the food industry with penalties totaling more than $894,000.

China

China to champion food safety liability insurance

China’ s Food and Drug Administration has revealed that it is working on a food-safety liability insurance programme in high-risk industries, such as those involving dairy and meat products.

Pumped up: Mettler-Toledo metal detectors withstand tough food environments

Mettler-Toledo Safeline has introduced metal detectors designed to eradicate metal contaminants from a range of food products.

Fruit processor fined $135k for worker safety failings

Fresh From Texas has been cited for exposing workers to damaging noise levels, chemical and possible amputation hazards.

Aim high: Dynamic launches vertical food-grade conveyor

The vertical DynaClean Z conveyor is geared toward food operations needing to move product over significant heights.

Legislation to ban BPA could push America backward – NAMPA

Legislation to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from food and beverage containers could ‘push America backward in public health’, according to the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA).

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Continental Carbonic freezes food contaminants with dry ice

By eliminating water from the cleaning process, the company's dry-ice blasting technology avoids downtime and reduces the risk of harmful bacterial growth.

Kellogg’s worker dies after factory fall

A Kellogg’s employee has died after taking a fall at one of the cereal and snack maker’s production facilities.

Chobani blasts “irresponsible” study on moldy yogurt; authors stand by their paper

Dr Alejandro Mazzotta - the microbiologist heading up food safety at Chobani - says he is disappointed by the publication of a “highly irresponsible” paper in the peer-reviewed journal mBio alleging...

Safe sipping: Juice Tyme lands GFSI safety certification

Beverage producer Juice Tyme has received Food Safety System Certification 22000 from benchmarking group the Global Food Safety Initiative.

Niagara Bottling taps into safety software

Niagara Bottling, a bottled water producer, is incorporating quality management software to increase the safety at its plant.

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FSIS issues safety tips ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is issuing recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic states potentially affected by Tropical Storm Arthur.

MidWest Foods upgrades video surveillance to guard food safety

Midwest Foods, a large US food distributor, has installed a video surveillance system to ensure the safety of its products and workers.

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Undeclared milk allergen prompts Flowers Foods bakery recall

Flowers Foods has issued a voluntary recall across a range of its bakery products sold in four US states due to unlabeled milk content.

Poultry processor fined for previously identified safety violations

Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. has been fined for failing to correct previously identified serious safety violations found at a kosher poultry processing facility.

Bürkert: ORP can detect micro-organisms leading to food outbreaks

Bürkert will monitor and control PH, chlorine, conductivity, oxidation reduction potential (ORP) and turbidity in water processing with its Online Analysis System to be launched in September.

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FMI: Food traceability requires a common language

For traceability to work, food industry stakeholders must create and share a common language on safety and sourcing, according to one industry expert.

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