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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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Arrest made after intentional food contamination at grocery store

A man has been arrested and has admitted spraying food with a mixture of a commercial mouse poison, alcohol-based hand-sanitizer and water.

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ISO 22000 standard revision progressing

Revision of the ISO 22000 standard on food safety management is continuing with the next meeting planned for June.

Dole being investigated by DOJ after Listeria outbreak

Dole is being investigated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in relation to a Listeria outbreak from packed salads.

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FDA extends comment period on treated produce assessment

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended by 60 days the comment period on the risk of foodborne illness associated with eating produce from fields were raw manure...

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Cheese producer prosecuted after food safety failings

A UK-based cheese producer has been prosecuted after consistent findings of Listeria.

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Hazelnuts, cocoa and alcohol targeted by cargo thieves - FreightWatch

Hazelnuts, cocoa, alcohol and ham were among commodities targeted by cargo thieves this month, according to FreightWatch.

Australia & NZ

Regulator mulls ‘all other foods’ maximum residue limit for chemicals

The antipodean food regulator has called for submissions on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals.

Contractor dies on NOVA Chemicals polyethylene expansion plant

Investigations have begun after a contract worker suffered a ‘severe trauma’ and died while working on a stationary crane on NOVA Chemicals PE1 (polyethylene) expansion plant in Joffre, Alberta, Canada.

EFSA 'urgently' requested to assess BPA safety

The Dutch presidency has “kindly but urgently” requested the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to look into the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).

FDA to review phthalates safety following NGO petition

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to review the regulatory clearances for 30 ortho-phthalates used in food packaging.

WHO and FAO want feed industry data to help manage E.coli risk

Two UN bodies have initiated a global call to solicit data in order to help them provide scientific advice to guide the development of appropriate Codex standards or guidelines on...

Report: Almost all Vietnamese cattle and seafood farms use antibiotics

A staggering number of cattle seafood farms across large areas of Vietnam have been found to feed their stock antibiotics, the country’s animal welfare authority has found.

Foodex 2016

Food fraud – Does the punishment fit the crime?

More education needs to be done in the supply chain and to promote the pattern of sharing information in the fight against food fraud, according to Prof Tony Hines, director,...

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Glen Turner extends rum recall for bottles containing fragments of glass

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced Glen Turner has extended its recall of rum products produced for Asda and Aldi as they may contain small fragments of glass.

Foodex 2016

‘We could be consuming food all the time that is not authentic but we wouldn’t know about it until afterwards’

‘We could be consuming food all the time that is not authentic but we wouldn’t know about it until afterwards’, according to Andy Morling, head, Food Crime Unit, Food Standards...

China direct

Chaotic distribution system provides fertile ground for fake formula

Chaotic sales channels are to blame for Chinese counterfeiting scandals such as the recent case involving 22,600 cans of fake milk powder produced and sold under the brands of US...

Foodex 2016

Deb Group: ‘Foodborne diseases result in 420,000 deaths a year’

Every year foodborne diseases cause one in 10 people to fall ill and can be deadly, resulting in 420,000 deaths, according to Deb Group, which plans to launch The Deb...

Thermo Scientific X-ray specializes in wider, taller packages

Thermo Scientific has launched the NextGuard C500 X-ray System which accommodates wider, taller packages.

China direct

Thousands of cans of Chinese fake formula still unaccounted for

Food safety authorities are scrambling to locate an estimated 3,300 cans of fake infant formula masquerading as popular domestic and international brands after nine people were arrested for their roles...

FDA rule on feed, animal food transport sees welcome updates

Revisions within the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rule on the safe transport of feed and food are supported by the feed sector.

FDA finalises FSMA rule for food safety during transport

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule to help prevent food contamination during transportation.

USDA proposes eliminating ‘redundant’ trichinae control requirements

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is proposing a rule to eliminate what it called ‘redundant’ trichinae control requirements for pork products.

China direct

Shanghai expands blacklist to incorporate stricter penalties

Food regulators will expand Shanghai’s food and drug blacklist to include individuals and companies that are found to use expired materials in food production, in a move prompted by recent...

6 NGOs file lawsuit against US FDA over perchlorate in plastic packaging

Six public health and environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a petition restricting the use of perchlorate in food packaging.

Painted olives, monkey meat & fertiliser sugar: Europol's global food fraud crackdown

From olives painted with blue copper sulphate to monkey meat and sugar laced with fertiliser, Europol and Interpol have seized 10,000 tonnes of fake food in their biggest global operation to date....

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