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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. 

US FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to support 8,000 FSIS frontline inspection personnel for meat, poultry, and egg products

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are two of the services to receive funding in the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill in Washington,...

Far East digest

Taiwan FDA cracks down on imports from Fukushima

Taiwan FDA cracks down on imports from Fukushima

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Cargill helps launch Indian food safety imitative

Cargill has launched a food safety awareness initiative in India sharing it is a shared responsibility of farmers, the food industry, regulators and consumers.

FVO finds ‘limited progress’ in Swedish audit

There has been ‘limited progress’ since an audit in 2010 in Sweden with most corrective actions still recorded as being in progress, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

dispatches from codex alimentarius, geneva

Minimum cheese content remains unsolved in Codex standard

Minimum cheese content remained a controversial point in discussion of a standard for processed cheese at a Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting.

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Avoid ‘Mass Mayhem’ with FDA module

A food related emergency exercise has been made available by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

European Commission to investigate Hungary's food chain inspection fee

The European Commission is investigating Hungary's food chain inspection fee to see if it is in line with state aid rules.

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Charm Sciences test receives AOAC-RI approval

Charm Sciences’ aerobic count bacterial test has received AOAC-Research Institute approval.

dispatches from codex alimentarius, geneva

Dairy permeate powder standard work approved by Codex

An international standard on the identity, compositional quality and safety of powders made from dairy permeates has come a step closer.

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Roka gets AOAC certification for Listeria environmental assay

Roka Bioscience has received AOAC certification for its Listeria Environmental detection assay.

Special edition: Product Inspection

Cert ID Europe: Top consumer trends to emerge in the next five years

Cert ID Europe has launched VAPor for an independent assessment of  vulnerable ‘hotspots’ in the food supply chain, as it plans to open an office in India, to meet a...

Special edition: Product Inspection

As food contamination regulations tighten, we will see a big shift from metal detection towards X-ray inspection

A former FMCG high-care engineering manager has fulfilled his dream of creating a business for food manufacturers. 

Special edition: Product Inspection

‘Fortress has something even better coming soon that will all but eliminate product effect’

Inspecting wet products like meat, dairy and ready meals, known as the ‘product effect’, has presented manufacturers with challenges for many years, according to Fortress Technology.

dispatches from codex alimentarius, geneva

Codex backs work on international standard for quinoa

Bolivia and the US have been given the go ahead to work on an international standard for quinoa by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

Listeria sampling concerns raised in FVO audit

Sampling for Listeria monocytogenes after cleaning in Denmark undermines the sensitivity of testing of processing areas and equipment, according to a Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) audit.

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Blue Bell test production plan in Alabama

Blue Bell Creameries will begin test production of ice cream in Alabama in the next few weeks. 

Non-compliant fruit and veg imports rise

A rise in feed and food of non-animal origin in breach of legislation has been found by an EU report.

Guilty plea for fish dealer on excessive harvesting

A US fish market dealer and its president have pleaded guilty to fraud and falsifying federal records.

DISPATCHES FROM CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, GENEVA

Trichinella parasites in pork subject of Codex guidelines

Guidelines to ensure pig meat is safe from Trichinella parasites have been adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

South Asia radius

Supreme Court judges compel authorities to get tougher on adulteration

Supreme Court judges compel authorities to get tougher on adulteration

Should companies use social media to deal with a food scandal?

Social media can be a company’s best friend for communicating to consumers - but the tables can quickly turn when consumers talk back. So should food companies get hashtag-happy when dealing...

HACCP importance recognised but implementation criticised

Certain HACCP concepts are not clearly understood leading to inconsistencies in implementation and controls, according to a Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) report.

GM 'jellyfish lamb' enters French food chain

A genetically modified sheep carrying a jellyfish protein entered the French food system last year following what appears to have been a deliberate abattoir mix-up by a disgruntled employee, it was revealed last...

Nestlé India gets go ahead to export Maggi noodles

Nestlé India has been allowed to export Maggi noodles by the Bombay High Court but the product will remain off shelves in India.

June: Which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month?

Salmonella in your infant nutrition, hormones in your supplements and lead in your detox. These were just some of the nasties included in this month’s round up of supplements blocked at...

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