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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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USDA, FDA to host public meeting ahead of Codex committee session

Two federal agencies will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2015, to offer information and receive comments on the 36th Session of the Codex Committee on...

Trade groups, regulators, academics, consumer groups involved

Walmart’s campaign to improve poultry safety, Part 2: Stakeholder engagement

Part 1 of this article described the strengthened poultry safety program Walmart has announced. Part 2 discusses how the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations have agreed...

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Drug laced sweets concern prompts warning

Sugary sweets laced with LSD may be being sold in the Greater Manchester area of the UK, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Ryder makes food safety plans for 2015

Food safety initiatives are going to top the agenda with upcoming legislation so the firm can take the lead in the area, according to Ryder System.

Suppliers must meet new guidelines by mid-2016

Walmart leads the charge toward improved poultry safety (Part 1)

To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers. 

Birds Eye Foods faces fine after OSHA inspection

Birds Eye Foods has been fined almost $110,000 for exposing workers to extreme temperatures without the necessary equipment.

Bruker pays $2.4m to resolve SEC charges

Bruker Corporation has resolved Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges around providing non-business related travel and improper payments to Chinese government officials to try and win business.

FDA takes action against ‘unsanitary conditions’ at RZM Food Factory

A distributor and processor of sprouts has stopped operations after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) repeatedly found unsanitary conditions during inspections.

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EFSA to reveal BPA opinion in January 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish its scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) in January 2015.

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Ammonia leak at Texas Pepsi plant sparks evacuation

A Pepsi bottler was forced to evacuate around 40 staff from its bottling plant in Mesquite early on Wednesday morning due to a minor ammonia leak.

Guest article: Mr Behr and Mr Khan, Food Litigation practice at Keller and Heckman LLP

Food safety audit firms may be held liable for consumer injuries from negligent inspections

A food safety audit firm can be held to answer in court for claims that its negligence in performing an audit resulted in the sale of contaminated food and the...

Retailer expands on employee engagement

Walmart VP: To make gains in food safety, focus on behavior (Part 1)

To improve food safety outcomes, educating consumers about food safety must go beyond providing information to evoke behavioral change, according to Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s VP of food safety.

Mexican horsemeat imports suspended after audit findings

The import of horsemeat from Mexico has been temporarily suspended by the European Commission, according to Humane Society International (HSI).

New Zealand

30% of NZ baby food contains pesticide residues

New Zealand baby food contains nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe, according to an analysis of government data, food safety groups have highlighted. 

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MEP wants Campylobacter chicken meat limits

The European Commission should set limits for Campylobacter in chicken meat, according to a MEP.

Will partying pathogens capture public's interest?

Food safety agencies debut ads featuring dancing E. coli and salmonella

"Don’t let E. coli mosh with your food. An estimated 3,000 Americans die from a foodborne illness each year. You can’t see these microbes, but they might be there. So...

Researchers find migration of ink components on the inside of packaging

Researchers from the Spanish University of Zaragoza have carried out a PCA (Principal Component Analysis) on inks commonly used in food packaging materials and the migration of ink components to...

Warburtons fined for maintenance worker’s injury

Warburtons has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings after a worker seriously injured his hand in a conveyor.

FSIS issues cost/benefit analysis of expanding E.coli testing in ground beef

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to expand its E. coli testing of ground beef and ground beef components. Toward that end, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service...

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.  

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