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Food safety and quality control regulation, worker safety incidents and legislation updates

Regulation and safety

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. 

EU food safety challenges revealed

Nanotechnology, globalisation, foodborne illness and endocrine disruptors are some of the food safety challenges named in a report.

Finland poultry system strong but could improve - FVO

Finland’s control system for poultry meat and products is organised and has extensive guidelines but still could improve, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

Sandwich firm hit with FDA action

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to stop Scotty’s Inc. from preparing and distributing tuna sandwiches as it believes them to be adulterated.

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Shop owners fined for selling rotten produce

The owners of a shop in the UK have been fined for selling rotten, damaged and incorrectly labelled fruit.  

Retiring FDA-CFSAN chief bids adieu at meeting

NACMCF finalizes norovirus control strategies document

The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) has moved closer to finalizing its recommendations on control strategies to reduce foodborne norovirus infections.

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NSF International acquires Knight International Inspectorate

Global public health organisation NSF International has acquired Knight International Inspectorate, a move that will expand its food safety certification services in the UK and Ireland.  

InstantLabs fights food fraud with seafood ID tests

InstantLabs has launched the first of a series of DNA tests for seafood, to combat the increasing problem of fraud in the sector. 

Special edition: Track and Trace

Global food traceability technologies market to hit $11.15bn in 2015

Foreign producers are stepping up to tighter traceability regulations of export destinations, a trend which is pushing the global food traceability technologies market forward, according to business information portal Visiongain....

BPC urges consumers to continue to support British poultry meat, after bird flu outbreak

The British Poultry Council (BPC), Defra, and the European Commission have put damage control procedures into place following the recent bird flu outbreak on a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire,...

Merck Millipore's agar established as basis for ISO Standard

A culture medium from Merck Millipore has become the only product validated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for enumeration of E. coli and coliforms in water samples with...

Bio-Rad to pay $55m to settle bribery charges

Bio-Rad Laboratories will pay a settlement of $55m to resolve US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allegations of unlawful payments to get or keep...

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US FDA taps Mayne to head Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, boost science focus

The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) will begin the new year with a new director and a new direction. Public health scientist Susan Mayne will take...

Bakery fined $42k after worker death

Alpha Baking Co. has been fined $42,000 after an employee was killed at the Chicago plant.

Fireball pulls whiskey after EU regulation breach

Fireball whiskey has recalled products in three EU countries which breached regulations after shipping its drink there meant for North America.

BPA added to list of chemicals for assessment

Bisphenol A (BPA) has been added to a list of chemicals for assessment by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Report card: French laud nutrivigilance success

France’s nutrivigilence work – launched in 2010 to ensure safety in food supplements and some foodstuffs – has improved the quality of the food supply, the country’s food safety agency...

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Another explosive party? No, not that sort! Asda recalls Prosecco due to shattering risk

The UK’s third-largest food and beverage retailer Asda has recalled five lot codes of Prosecco due to the risk of glass bottles shattering.

Agropur milk recalled in Canada over 'premature spoilage' fears

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has pulled some fresh milk from retail shelves in the country over concerns about premature spoilage.

Davisco Foods division hit with $88k EPA penalty

A division of Davisco Foods International has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to comply with Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan regulations.

USDA’s poultry slaughter inspection rule becomes effective

The New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rule from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) becomes effective from today (October 20).

175 chemicals with known hazardous properties legally used in food packaging

175 chemicals with known hazardous properties are legally used in the production of food packaging, according to a study by the Food Packaging Forum (FPF).

Majority of food found safe in Canada

The majority of food samples meet Health Canada safety guidelines and standards, according to a report.

Icelandic meat checks violate EEA law

Icelandic legislation requiring meat product imports to undergo an authorisation procedure contravenes EEA law, according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Australia

American consumer group demands USDA protection from Australian meat

A consumer rights group in the US has called on its country’s regulators to review and possibly revoke Australia’s meat inspection process, calling it an inherently flawed system.

Sri Lanka lifts temporary ban on Fonterra milk powder sales

Sri Lanka has lifted a temporary ban on the sale of three batches of Fonterra milk powder after "no food safety or quality issue" was identified during tests....