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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. 

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ConAgra braces itself over peanut butter outbreak charges

ConAgra has said it is ‘likely’ it will be hit with a federal misdemeanour charge over a Salmonella outbreak from peanut butter seven years ago.

Woman finds dead mouse in Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut

The Kellogg Company has been forced to launch an investigation after a Portsmouth woman found a dead mouse in a box of Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cereal.

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Constellation Brands expands Corona Extra recall: glass particle risk

Constellation Brands Beer Division has expanded the list of production codes in a voluntary recall of Corona Extra , which was originally issued on August 15 because some bottles may contain...

Canada requires mechanically tenderized beef labeling

All mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) products sold in Canada must now be clearly labelled as such and include instructions for safe cooking, according to Health Canada.

EU traceability requirements rank top in global table of food safety regulations

European Union countries rank highest when it comes to global food traceability regulations and requirements, according to a new report from The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC).

Rancho officials charged with 11 felony counts

Rancho Feeding Corporation officials have been indicted by a federal ground jury for allowing tainted meat into the supply chain.

Constellation Brands 'troubled' by Corona Extra recall due to glass particle risk

Constellation Brands' beer brand president says the company is 'troubled' by a recall of some bottles of Corona Extra on sale in the US due to they risk they might...

Tata Global Beverages: Greenpeace pesticide study ‘confirms tea brands safe to drink’

Hindustan Unilever India and Tata Global Beverages insist their teas comply with legal standards and are safe to drink after Greenpeace said it found illegal pesticide traces in popular Indian...

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Milk and cream recalled in UK over cleaning product contamination

Milk and cream products are being recalled by a British dairy after an error resulted in contamination with a “small amount of cleaning product.”

BioLargo ramps up food safety system

The company is joining with Clarion Water to broaden the reach of its Isan disinfection technology system, which has won recognition from DuPont.

Burrows Paper fined $58k for repeat H&S violations

Burrows Paper has come under fire from the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for repeat violations over a five year period.

Primopost fined £30k after worker struck by forklift truck

Americk Primopost has been fined after an employee suffered severe injuries to his leg when he was hit by a forklift truck.

Head of the class: School offers food processing courses

Genesee Community College (GCC) is poised to kick off its fall semester, welcoming students looking for a lucrative career in food production.

Applegate recalls 15,000 lbs. of chicken nuggets

The poultry producer has recalled several tons of frozen chicken nuggets under its Applegate Naturals brand after consumers complained of plastic particle contamination.

Cargill pays $187,500 to settle Clean Water Act violations

Cargill has agreed to pay $187,500 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at two different large oil storage facilities.

Intelligent design: eAgile launches RFID smart packaging

The company’s eSeal RFID packaging technology is designed to increase the security of food products, and facilitate traceability.

UL joins with Green Endeavor on food sanitation

The two companies are partnering to develop safe, sustainable cleaning products and methods for food environments.

DOJ files injunction to stop ‘adulterated’ cheese distribution

A civil complaint has been filed against S. Serra Cheese Company of Clinton Township, Michigan to prevent the distribution of adulterated cheese, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Chosen for frozen: Researcher awarded for food-freezing technology

The Frozen Food Foundation has saluted a Washington State food scientist with its fifth annual Freezing Research Award for advancing technology in the field.

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Standards accreditation allows expansion – Intertek

Intertek has achieved initial accreditation of Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Food Safety Fundamental Standards allowing it to expand its food safety certification program.

OSHA investigating Pilgrim’s Pride fatality

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating a fatality at a Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Texas this week.

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Unapproved milk found in Hong Kong

Safa Milk imported from a source of manufacture not approved by the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene, has been found in Hong Kong, according to a spokesman for the...

Contamination detection needs to improve to appease retailers, says Mettler-Toledo

Inspection system features like reject confirmation systems and locked reject bins can help confectionery manufacturers stay abreast of the exacting safety demands of big retailers, says Mettler-Toledo.

Dishonor roll: India and China are the world’s worst food safety violators

A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.

New Zealand

‘New guidelines could apply to other honeys, not just manuka’

The manuka honey labelling guidelines released last week by the New Zealand government are not accurate, the country’s oldest producer has argued.