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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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AsiaInspection expands Latin American presence

AsiaInspection has acquired GOAL for an undisclosed sum to expand its footprint in Latin America.

Mixed reaction as accountability act moves to Senate floor

Legislation dubbed by consumer groups as the ‘Filthy Food Act’ has been sent by a US Senate committee to the Senate floor.

60,000 foods to be analysed

Germany in crucial data drive to understand radioactivity risk in food

The German government is hoping to garner crucial data to help it better understand the risks involved from the consumption of radiation-emitting radioactive elements in foods such as uranium in...

Mislabelling dominates Food Fraud Network cases

Mislabelling composition dominated cases in the EU Food Fraud Network (FFN), according to the 2016 annual report.

US beef imports cleared by China after 14 years

The US and China have reached a trade deal that includes beef and poultry.

FSANZ stresses importance of accurate allergen labelling

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has launched a month-long campaign to remind businesses about getting allergen labelling right and the consequences of mistakes.

Interpack 2017

Mettler-Toledo Safeline debuts four enhancements on its metal detection systems

Mettler-Toledo introduced four enhancements on its Safeline metal detection systems at Interpack.

Campylobacter and Salmonella reduction focus for Aus and NZ

Australia and New Zealand have targeted the reduction of foodborne illness, particularly Campylobacter and Salmonella, during a meeting on food regulation.

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Errington Cheese wins right to see E. coli evidence

Errington Cheese has won the right to see evidence linking one of its products to an E. coli outbreak last summer.

Interpack 2017

‘The future depends on manufacturers taking control of quality and product safety issues’

Across the consumer goods industry, the future depends on manufacturers taking control of both quality and product safety issues, says Eagle product inspection.

Interpack 2017

Mettler-Toledo gets more connected to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things

Developments surrounding Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) have started to facilitate a major paradigm shift in various manufacturing industries, according to Mettler-Toledo.

UAE says upcoming import ban will not affect produce availability

The UAE’s decision to ban certain produce exceeding minimum residue levels of pesticides from May 15 will not lead to food shortages in the country.

Interpack 2017

Minebea Intec continues to expand foreign body detection products

Minebea Intec continues to expand its foreign body detection products launching Dymond Bulk X-ray inspection system.

Scientist develops laser system to scan peeled potatoes for toxic compounds

Scientist Lien Smeesters from B-PHOT Brussels Photonics Team at the University of Brussels has partnered with Tomra Sorting Solutions to develop a sensor that scans peeled potatoes for toxic chemicals.

Government Chemist strategy defines short and long term drivers

The Government Chemist is to build capability in molecular biology (next generation sequencing), NMR and protein mass spectrometry in the next few years.

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Mérieux Foundation oversees construction of Laos food safety lab

The Mérieux Foundation has overseen construction of a food safety laboratory, in Vientiane, Lao PDR (Lao People’s Democratic Republic).

Chickpeas suspected source of hummus taste issues

Hummus was removed from shelves in some UK supermarkets and recalled by a Swedish company due to ‘taste issues’.

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Pair who sold turkey as halal lamb jailed

Two men who supplied turkey described as halal lamb have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud and jailed for five years.

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Soylent recalls shipments of Soylent 1.8 powder over undeclared allergen

Soylent is voluntarily recalling 890 boxes of its Soylent 1.8 powder because it may contain undeclared milk, says the company, which had hoped to stay out of the spotlight after...

Life Sciences a ‘blueprint’ for future food standards - Deloitte

Companies will tackle food safety and supply chain quality in the future through cross functional teams that use specialist knowledge and integrate risk identification and management across operations, according to...

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Sainsbury’s removes a number of Houmous products after complaints over the taste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has temporarily removed a number of Houmous products from its stores due to a ‘taste issue’.

China

Authorities ‘fully alert’ to wanghong food risks

Shanghai’s food watchdog has been clamping down on the sale of wanghong—or food endorsed by high-profile bloggers and celebrities on the internet. 

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

Operation Opson: Counterfeit alcohol tops list

Nearly 26 million litres of fake alcohol has been seized as part of an INTERPOL-Europol operation.

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US and Australia recognise food safety systems as comparable

Australia and the US have signed a bilateral food safety recognition agreement after five years of work.

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