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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. 

Obama’s budget proposal attempts to fill FSMA funding gap, but likely falls short, industry claims

President Obama’s fiscal budget proposal significantly bolsters funding for food safety, but industry stakeholders doubt it is enough to ensure the Administration’s desired legacy.

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Hormel Foods issues recall after flashlight parts found

Hormel Foods Corporation is recalling 450 pounds of beef products after parts of a flashlight were found in the production area.

FDA pauses non-toxigenic E. coli testing in cheese

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to pause its testing program for non-toxigenic E. coli in cheese while it re-evaluates the issue.

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ASDA third retailer to pull Camembert

ASDA became the third UK retailer in the space of less than a week to pull a Camembert product from its shelves due to the potential presence of the bacterium Listeria...

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Iron Apple International partners with SAI Global on Preventive Control Plan

Iron Apple International has partnered with SAI Global to meet food safety transportation regulations.

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Shopkeeper fined due to rotten fruit display

A shopkeeper in Nottingham, UK, has been fined for displaying and selling rotten fruit and vegetables, after an investigation by the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI).

Italian authorities seize fake Moët & Chandon champagne

Counterfeit champagne has been seized in Italy in what authorities have called ‘one of the most significant’ findings of its type.

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EFTA audit finds improved Iceland fish controls

Iceland has ‘considerably improved’ its fish control system, according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority.

Leatherhead: Industry must identify and curtail supply chain weak points

Leatherhead Food Research is advising industry to ensure supply chain integrity after stricter guidelines for food safety and hygiene offences came into force from the start of the month.

includes reaction from Safe Food Coalition

USDA targets reduction of Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) has finalized federal standards that it estimates will prevent an average of 50,000 illnesses annually.

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FDA reveals funding opportunities under FSMA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced two opportunities for funding on food safety under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 

Kettle Chips recalls UK products over plastic contamination fear

Kettle Foods has recalled a number of packs of its Kettle Chips in the UK over fears they may contain pieces of plastic.

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New Singapore food regulations come into effect

Amendments to Singapore’s food regulations have now come into force, according to a circular from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore. 

China direct

Prediction: China to have world’s safest infant formula in a decade

In the next decade, China will have the safest infant formula available anywhere—just 10 short years after China's melamine scandal (writes Paul O’Brien of Chemlinked). 

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Two food safety memorandum of understandings signed

Two different memorandum of understandings have been created around food safety.

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NZ assessing next step to reduce cases of campylobacter

The New Zealand food safety minister has said that the country’s campylobacter strategy is being reviewed to achieve further reductions in levels of the food-borne bacterium in chicken.

Philippines and New Zealand establish food safety pact

The Philippines has signed an agreement with New Zealand to strengthen co-operation in food safety between the countries.

German researchers claim plasticisers in food packaging causes weight gain

Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Integrated Research and Treatment Centre (IFB) at the University Hospital of Leipzig, Germany, claim plasticisers (phthalates) can cause weight gain....

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KKR’s deal for LGC gets South African approval

The South African Competition Commission has approved without conditions KKR’s intention to acquire LGC.

44.9% of food samples fail Lucknow safety tests

Almost 45% of the 289 samples collected by the Food Safety and Drugs Administration laboratory in Lucknow failed food safety testing in the final nine months of 2015.

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Authorities investigate illegal use of poppy seeds by restaurants

Dozens of restaurants have been investigated for the addition of poppy capsules and other illegal ingredients to food following a nationwide sting by China’s food safety regulator.

Roos Foods pleads guilty to charges brought after Listeria outbreak

Roos Foods has pleaded guilty to violating federal laws in connection with an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) from cheese in 2014.

German firm at centre of Salmonella outbreak can sell eggs again

The firm linked to an EU-wide outbreak of Salmonella in 2014 from eggs has been permitted to bring products back to market.

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Fruzio: ‘We know that we have to rebuild your trust in the brand’

Fruzio Mixed Berries implicated in five cases of Hepatitis A are back on sale after product testing failed to find the virus.

China direct

Shanghai officials trial new ‘instant testing system’ for adulteration

A pilot programme to weed out the presence of illegal additives is being carried out in Shanghai by food safety officials.

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