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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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Broken light bulb prompts Bimbo Bakeries USA recall

Bimbo Bakeries USA is recalling six brands of bread products after a broken light bulb at one of its bakeries means they could be contaminated with fragments of glass.

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Kraft Heinz recalls 2m pounds of turkey bacon

Kraft Heinz is recalling more than 2 million pounds of turkey bacon linked to illness.

India

FSSAI to revamp guidelines to include thousands more products

The public will have the best part of a month to offer input into new guidelines for proprietary foods, health supplements and additives as India’s food regulator sets out to...

Norway fish product controls unsatisfactory – EFTA

Controls on live bivalve molluscs (LBMs) in Norway are not fully in line with regulation with limited progress since the last audit, according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)...

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FTC action against falsely advertised UV disinfectant device

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has clamped down on the ‘false and unsubstantiated advertising’ of a device that claimed it could kill pathogenic bacteria.

Croatian control system on transiting food backed

The official control system of Croatia on food passing through the country has been backed during an audit by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

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Blue Bell to return by end of month

Blue Bell Creameries will begin distributing ice cream to selected markets from the end of the month.

Analysis

As Maggi affair nears conclusion, it's time to ask some questions

Over the last few days it feels like we’ve written about little more than the Maggi noodles affair in India. Thankfully it is reaching a conclusion. But still it raises...

Key events in the Maggi affair

On June 5, India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, ordered nine lines of Maggi, the Nestlé noodle brand that dominates the market, to be removed from shelves in India.

India court lifts Maggi ban but orders further tests

The ban on Maggi noodles has been lifted by an Indian court but more testing must be done before it is allowed to return to the market.

India

Nestlé sued for $99m in government class action over Maggi noodles

Nestlé India has voiced its disappointment at the “unprecedented step” by the Indian government of going to the courts to seek nearly US$100m in damages for “unfair trade practices” in...

Editorial

Maggi action: The latest monsoon in a chai cup

Reactionary and radical moves by politicians and administrators who like to ride roughshod over common sense are unexceptional occurrences in India. 

Mixed Maggi news for Nestlé as FDA gives all clear

Nestlé India’s Maggi noodles have been cleared by one Indian lab but failed tests in another as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given them the green light....

Two workers taken to hospital after Nestlé Poland Spring water ammonia leak

Up to 100 employees were evacuated and two workers were taken to hospital after an ammonia leak at Poland Spring water bottling plant in Poland, Maine, on Thursday (August 6).

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Heinz and Mott’s recall over quality concerns

Heinz Canada and Mott’s are recalling some products after a customer complaint.

Henh Wong Fresh Produce to remain shut after permanent injunction

Henh Wong Fresh Produce will remain shut down to prevent distribution of adulterated food after six inspections in over a decade consistently found problems.

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GlutenTox Pro backed to detect gluten in food and on surfaces

Emport and Biomedal Diagnostics have revealed GlutenTox Pro gluten test kits have been approved by the AOAC Research Institute.

India cannot ensure sesame seeds imported to EU are safe – FVO

Indian controls cannot ensure sesame seeds exported to the EU are safe, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

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R-Biopharm’s gluten test kit given AOAC approval

R-Biopharm’s RIDASCREEN Gliadin Competitive ELISA has gained AOAC International Official First Action method approval.

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Kraft recalls cheese after consumer choking complaints

The Kraft Heinz Company is recalling Kraft Singles individually-wrapped slices after 10 consumer complaints about the packaging, including three of consumers choking.

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Importer recalls uninspected pigeon meat

Greenland Trading Corp is recalling more than 12.5k pounds of squab (domesticated pigeon) not presented at the US point of entry for inspection.

ConAgra Foods removes BPA from all its US and Canada cans but critics ask if the alternative will be ‘safe’

ConAgra Foods claims it has removed Bisphenol A (BPA) from all of its cans sold in the US and Canada but this does not include those that are imported from...

ALSO: Food Safety Challenge winners revealed

FDA proposed rule for FSMA to support importers

The FDA has published a proposed rule on user fees for participation in another program that is near final rule stage.

Two thirds use their senses rather than 'use by' dates

Over two thirds of Brits use their sense of smell, sight and taste rather than the best before or use by date - so should they be scrapped to cut...

South Asia radius

20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

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