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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. 

Industry backs ban of online junk food ads for children

Industry has given its support to a new ruling by the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) on marketing junk food to children that will increase restrictions to cover non-broadcast media, including...

FDA platform to respond to FSMA produce rule questions reviewed

A network set up by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deal with questions about the produce safety rule is struggling to cope, according to the Government Accountability Office...

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Shanghai Food Safety Federation visits Döhler

The Shanghai Food Safety Federation has visited Döhler’s Asia-Pacific headquarters.

And the award goes to... What did Dutch consumers choose as 2016's most misleading product?

Dutch watchdog FoodWatch has announced the winners of its annual ‘GoldenEgg’ award for the year’s most misleading product, as voted by members of the public.

Decrease in food recalls a positive sign - Stericycle

European food recalls were down slightly in Q3, according toStericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

FDA warns against Apple Tree goat cheese due to Listeria

FDA has warned against eating a brand of goat cheese after an inspection identified Listeria monocytogenes in finished products and the production environment.

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Plans to audit 5,000 standards meets with Chinese media approval

A decision by Chinese authorities to tidy up its Byzantine regulatory systems will see the consolidation of nearly 5,000 food safety standards and the revision of 300 other national standards.

Czech consumer ‘harmed’ after eating Mondelēz Milka chocolate

Mondelēz has recalled one of its chocolate bar lines in the Czech Republic and Slovakia after a consumer was harmed from eating it.

Milk powder seized due to food safety concerns

US Marshals have seized more than four million pounds of items made by Valley Milk Products due to Salmonella concerns.

EU Court of Justice 'complicates' multipack food labelling, says lawyer

An EU Court ruling, which states nutrition information on multipack products must also appear on each individual item, contradicts EU law, a food law expert has said.

Future policy challenges: Global and local food; a weak EU and ‘phood’

Risk assessment, early warning for emerging hazards and official controls and inspections are areas where the EU legislative framework needs to be strengthened to deal with future issues, according to...

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France makes donation to aid WTO’s poorest members

France has donated €50,000 in 2016 to help the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) poorest members implement food safety, animal and plant health standards.

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Restaurant supplied with peanut powder labelled as almond

A London-based cash and carry that supplied peanut powder labelled as almond to a restaurant has been ordered to pay over £6,000 fines and costs.

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Investigation finds stolen alcohol and Nutella

Police in Canada have uncovered alcohol and Nutella during an investigation into an organised crime gang.

Guest article

Looking for mycotoxins in dairy products - New detection methods can be lifesavers

If you are in the dairy business, you know the threats posed by mycotoxins, particularly aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2 and M1.

No grain, no gain: Dutch consumer group fights 'misleading' whole-grain products

Dutch consumer association, Consumentenbond, is fighting for tougher regulations on products claiming to be whole-grain as it says manufacturers are deliberately misleading consumers in their labelling.

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Illegal operation involved more than 100 customers - MPI

An illegal meat processing operation has been discovered by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

Heinz forced to can baked beans ad for 'encouraging dangerous behaviour'

KraftHeinz has been forced to withdraw a television advert for baked beans by the UK's advertising authority as it encouraged "behaviour that is prejudicial to health"....

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H5N8 risk for humans is ‘very low’ – ECDC

Avian flu virus poses a ‘very low’ risk to humans but given its evolving nature there is the potential of infection, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control...

Survey shows need to understand tech use in the kitchen

Most consumers do not wash their hands after using handheld phones or tablets in the kitchen, according to a survey.

Sabra Listeria recall: We test finished product every 2 minutes

Sabra Dipping Company has recalled hummus after Listeria monocytogenes was found in its facility.

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Listeria contaminated chicken served in schools

A batch of sliced cooked chicken contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes was served to some schools in a Welsh town.

Climate change could increase mycotoxins in maize

As temperatures rise, Dutch and Italian researchers contend we could see an increase in mycotoxin aflatoxin B1, putting maize crops at high risk.

EU aims to be best practice leader in fighting AMR with 2017 action plan

Europe will become a best practice region in tackling antimicrobial resistance with a new Commission action plan in 2017, said food and health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis today on European Antibiotic Awareness Day....

Neo-Pure’s novel kill step was designed to keep raw grains organic and pathogen-free

Toronto startup Agri-Neo’s first product and service, Neo-Pure, offers a novel “kill step” that ensures the resulting finished product can still stay true to its ‘plant-based,’ ‘organic,’ and ‘raw’ labels....

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