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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. 

Highly pathogenic H5N8 found in turkeys

First US case of avian flu in commercial poultry reported in California

The first US finding of avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock this year was reported by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)...

Benefits and risk balance of eating fish must be by country - EFSA

Each country needs to set its own consumption guidelines based on assessing the risk from methylmercury against the health benefits of fish.

Goal: Prevent 50k illnesses each year

FSIS seeks 30% reduction in Salmonella and Campylobacter via new standards

Taking the next step in its Salmonella Action Plan, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and...

EFSA: BPA poses no risk

Bisphenol A (BPA) poses no health risk to consumers of any age group, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Consultation on proposed updates runs until 20 February

MPI looks at upping food safety fees

Feedback on changes to fees around food safety and biosecurity, including some increases, is wanted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

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Food Standards Scotland jumps final hurdle

The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up a stand-alone body in the country has passed into law.

'Need for improved risk communication' to consumers on raw milk: EFSA

The risks associated with drinking raw milk should be better communicated to consumers, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended.

Senator urges FDA action on insanitary conditions

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violations are ‘far too private’ and punishments are ‘far too lax’, according to a US Senator.

Police investigate Cali bakery over drug-laced bread

Police have launched an investigation into a Californian bakery that was shut down after bread containing drugs sickened more than 30 consumers.

DuPont hit with fine for air pollution violations

DuPont has been fined $531,000 for alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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‘Urine deep trouble!’ – UK conman prosecuted for fake whisky sale

A UK conman has been prosecuted for trying to sell bottles of vodka and whisky that he had refilled with urine and even laced with faeces.

Pecan Deluxe Candy fined after worker loses thumb

UK based confectioner Pecan Deluxe Candy has been fined after an employee’s thumb was severed by an unguarded chocolate hopper at the company’s factory.

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IFC promotes food safety standards in Azerbaijan

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Azerbaijan’s National Confederation of Entrepreneurs are raising awareness of benefits from modern food safety systems.

ECHA has launched a public consultation on the report running until June

Germany and Norway propose PFOA restriction

Germany and Norway have proposed a restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts in concentrations equal to or greater than 2 parts per billion (PPB).

Eight-year-old died from E. coli O157:H7 infection

Massachusetts parents sue Whole Foods, beef supplier for allegedly causing son's death

A Massachusetts couple has filed suit against Whole Foods Market and a Missouri beef supplier, alleging its E. coli-contaminated beef caused the death of the couple’s eight-year-old son.

Broad range of constituents represented

Appointees join National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term.

Global discussion on methods of analysis and sampling

USDA, FDA to host public meeting ahead of Codex committee session

Two federal agencies will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2015, to offer information and receive comments on the 36th Session of the Codex Committee on...

Trade groups, regulators, academics, consumer groups involved

Walmart’s campaign to improve poultry safety, Part 2: Stakeholder engagement

Part 1 of this article described the strengthened poultry safety program Walmart has announced. Part 2 discusses how the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations have agreed...

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Drug laced sweets concern prompts warning

Sugary sweets laced with LSD may be being sold in the Greater Manchester area of the UK, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Ryder makes food safety plans for 2015

Food safety initiatives are going to top the agenda with upcoming legislation so the firm can take the lead in the area, according to Ryder System.

Suppliers must meet new guidelines by mid-2016

Walmart leads the charge toward improved poultry safety (Part 1)

To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers. 

Birds Eye Foods faces fine after OSHA inspection

Birds Eye Foods has been fined almost $110,000 for exposing workers to extreme temperatures without the necessary equipment.

Bruker pays $2.4m to resolve SEC charges

Bruker Corporation has resolved Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges around providing non-business related travel and improper payments to Chinese government officials to try and win business.

FDA takes action against ‘unsanitary conditions’ at RZM Food Factory

A distributor and processor of sprouts has stopped operations after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) repeatedly found unsanitary conditions during inspections.

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EFSA to reveal BPA opinion in January 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish its scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) in January 2015.

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