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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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Less than 1% of raw milk cheese contaminated - FDA

Raw milk cheese had less than a 1% contamination rate for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7 and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), according to testing data from the US...

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Dairy settles with EPA on alleged environmental violations

Sunshine Pride Dairy has paid almost $180,000 to settle alleged environmental violations at a former cheese processing facility.

3D inspection of beverage cans and glasses exceeds speeds of 1,200 containers per minute

Filtec has launched AURAtec, a laser-based inspection system that detects pressure inconsistencies in glass and can containers.    

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

Weis Markets recalls 30 bakery products in metal contamination alert

Weis Markets, which operates about 160 retail stores in Mid-Atlantic states, has recalled 30 bakery products over fears they may contain metal fragments.

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RF Biocidics pasteurization process for raw almonds certified

RF Biocidics has received certification for its system to pasteurize raw almonds.

Noodle and sprout producer shut due to unsanitary conditions

A Minnesota-based noodle and sprout producer has been ordered to stop operating in court.

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FDA updates food facility registration requirements

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule to improve accuracy of the food facility registration database.

Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate found to contain mineral oil

Selected Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate purchased in Germany have been found to contain mineral oils in the packaging, according to Foodwatch.

Danish products clear of harmful residues

Meat and dairy products were found to be free from harmful residues of veterinary medicines, according to an analysis in Denmark.

TTIP could bring food safety regulations to a standstill: Report

The controversial trade deal between the EU and the US could give multinational companies increased power to challenge food laws that impact their bottom line, according to an analysis by...

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Food safety committee backs official controls plan

Draft plans to tighten up official controls for the food chain have been backed by MEPs in the food safety committee.

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USDA-FSIS to share data from slaughter and processing facilities

Food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities is to be shared online by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

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Coca Cola: Hubert's Lemonade recall 'limited'

The Coca-Cola Company has recalled some Hubert's Lemonade due to potential presence of glass in some bottles.

Seafood producer shut for HACCP violations

An Alabama-based seafood producer has been shut down for violating HACCP and GMP regulations.

EC: Conditions not met to aid Romanian dairy farmers after E. coli outbreak

Conditions to put in place support measures for Romanian dairy farmers after an Italian alert of E. coli in cheese have not been met, according to the EU Commission.

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Sentence for Quality Egg execs upheld

Jail sentences against two Quality Egg executives have been upheld in court after an appeal.

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Commission: Hungary's food chain inspection fee breached rules

Hungary's former food chain inspection fee method has been found to be in breach of EU rules.

Avure tests deadly toxin in coconut water treated with HPP

Avure Technologies has completed a study with the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) to test the potential risk of Clostridium botulinum in coconut water, and will share the...

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AFNOR Group strengthens reach in US

AFNOR Group has partnered with Bureau of Quality Surveillance (BQS) to strengthen its reach in the US.

British pork processor trademarks antibiotic-free logo

Leading UK pork processor Karro has registered an antibiotic-free logo with the Intellectual Property Office.

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USDA pressed on Salmonella testing accuracy

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been urged to revise pathogen testing protocols after a study found antimicrobials used as processing aids may lead to false-negative results.

Soy firm shut due to alleged food safety violations

A soy distribution company has been ordered to cease manufacturing and distribution until it comes into compliance with food safety laws.

Codex agrees on Salmonella and parasite control guidelines

Guidelines for the control of Salmonella in beef and pork and on hygiene to control foodborne parasites were among the decisions taken during the first day of the Codex Alimentarius...

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Microbial test works a Charm, finds AOAC

Charm Sciences’ Peel Plate YM (Yeast and Mold) microbial test has received AOAC Research Institute approval.

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