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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. 

Andriukaitis: People look for ‘black and white’ where degree of ‘grey’ is inevitable

In most science-related issues people look for "black and white" answers where almost always a degree of "grey" is inevitable, according to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety....

FSA wants to change regulation but vague on details

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) will start a three month trial as it looks to move away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to regulation.

Oil spills: How to combat mineral oils in chocolate

Chocolate makers can thwart carcinogenic mineral oil contamination in products through regular testing, managing cocoa transportation and adding barrier layers in packaging, say scientists.

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FDA updates standards designed to help direct resources

Food safety standards for state regulatory programs that oversee facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods have been revised.

EFSA identifies ‘key limitations’ in BPA studies and stands by TDI

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said limitations in the design and conduct of two studies on BPA means they cannot be used to draw any conclusions for human...

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Former exec sentenced in counterfeit cheese case

The executive of a cheese company has been sentenced to three years’ probation and a $5,000 fine in a case involving products mislabelled and fraudulently represented as Parmesan and Romano cheese.

BPA ban move backed by MEPs

An EU-wide ban of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials (FCMs) has been backed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

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Nestlé Listeria recall: Drumstick cones put into distribution ‘inadvertently’

Nestlé USA has recalled ice cream cones after Listeria monocytogenes was found on equipment contact surfaces near to where they are produced.

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Kraft Heinz recalls Lunchables due to undeclared allergens

Kraft Heinz is recalling one of its Lunchables products as it contains wheat and soy which are not declared on the label.

Illegal dyes and jelly mini-cups back on Government Chemist radar

Illegal dyes and the choking hazards of jelly mini-cups were two issues that resurfaced after gaps of several years, according to the Government Chemist annual review.

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Officials find ham and cheese pizza with no ham or cheese

A cheese and ham pizza that contained neither cheese nor ham has been found by officials in Warwickshire.

Äkta Halal Mat Sverige accused of by-passing Salmonella rules

Äkta Halal Mat Sverige has recalled 30 tons of whole fresh meat due to it being labelled as "meat preparation" which gets around Swedish rules on Salmonella.

FDA sounds alarm on Sammy’s Milk Baby Food for neglecting infant formula regulations

The FDA has advised consumers not to purchase or use infant formula brand Sammy’s Milk Baby Food because the product has not been manufactured in compliance with infant formula regulations....

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Company in expired meat sting ordered to pay RMB24m in fines

Shanghai’s food safety watchdog ordered the meat supplier that was at the centre of an expired meat scandal in 2014 to pay fines for producing and selling substandard products.

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FDA: Guidance helps in response to food-related emergencies

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the food product categories that companies can select when registering with the agency.

Slovakia has compromised on standards since joining EU - officials

Slovakia has had to compromise on or lower food safety standards post accession to comply with EU regulations, according to officials.

FDA action against fish and soup firms for food safety concerns

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken action in two different cases over food safety concerns.

Detained foodstuff doubles but decrease for beverages

EU customs authorities seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to figures from the European Commission.

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ASI Food Safety to use ReposiTrak platform

ASI Food Safety is to use the ReposiTrak platform to schedule and conduct audits, finalize corrective actions and issue audit certificates.

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Coca Cola turns to ESG for advanced ozone water treatment technology

‘Over the last 15 years, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of the largest bottlers in the country, has benefited from advanced ozone water treatment technology, installed and maintained...

Kellogg recalls 10,000 cases of Eggo waffles over listeria bug fear

Kellogg has voluntarily recalled around 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat waffles over fears they may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes listeriosis.

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Killing at source: How to avoid cadmium and lead in chocolate

ForestFinest Consulting outlines steps chocolate makers can take to comply with incoming regulations on heavy metal traces.

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German donation helps WTO members boost food safety

Germany has pledged €150,000 (CHF 164,000) to help the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) poorest members implement food safety so they can actively participate in world trade.

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FDA provides funds to help produce rule implementation

More than $21m has been made available to support states with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule.

#DNPkills: ‘if you are selling DNP online or offline we will find you’

Dangerous weight loss pill dealers busted in Northern Ireland

Authorities in Northern Ireland have shut down two operations selling weight loss products containing the dangerous industrial chemical DNP (2,4 dinitrophenol) as part of a broader sting.

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