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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. 

L.A. Star closed due to insanitary conditions

A judge has ordered L.A. Star Seafood Company to halt operations until it demonstrates it can process compliant food.

China

Regulator: Food complaints double to half a million last year

China’s food authorities received over half a million complaints in 2014—double the number that was lodged the previous year.

European Commission to consider 700 chemicals for endocrine disrupting status

The European Commission is to look at 700 chemicals to predict whether they could be considered as endocrine disruptors.

Food chemicals may have harmful ‘cocktail’ effect

Risk assessment of food chemicals usually fails to take into account their effects when combined with other compounds – and these ‘chemical cocktails’ may be harmful to health, says new...

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Bühler and APRES evaluate industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction

Bühler has carried out tests with the American Peanut Research & Education Society (APRES) to evaluate the effectiveness of industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction using Salmonella surrogate,...

News in brief

Lindt USA allergy alert for chocolate

Lindt & Sprüngli has recalled its 6.4oz Chocolate Covered Raisin Bags and 6.4oz Chocolate Covered Almond Bags due to undeclared hazelnut concerns.

GSK: "We spent two years developing this product and as yet are not sure why this is happening.”

Glaxo withdraws MaxiNutrition creatine milk over choking concerns

In-bottle creatine crystallisation is behind a full UK recall of GlaxoSmithKline-owned MaxiNutrition Cyclone Milk products over choking concerns. GSK implemented the recall after customer complaints a spokesperson told us today.

NGOs sound warning on nanomaterial risk

Advocacy groups are calling on companies using nanomaterials to take steps to avoid or reduce the risks in food products and packaging.

Software analyses food molecules to fight fraud

New software that analyses food molecules will provide cost effective ways to ensure food quality and prevent food fraud, say researchers.

News in brief

Kraft recalls 242,000 cases of mac and cheese

Kraft is recalling 242,000 cases of selected Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner after eight consumer complaints due to boxes containing metal.

TCE vapors impact more than 100 homes

General Mills faces class action over toxic solvent contamination

General Mills is being sued by a group of Minneapolis residents over its poor waste disposal of toxic cleaning solvents at an old R&D center more than 50 years ago....

Brazil bovine meat controls ‘satisfactory’ – FVO

Controls over production of fresh bovine meat in Brazil for export to the European Union (EU) are satisfactory, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

News in brief

Recall due to undeclared walnut: Cott Beverages

Cott Beverages has recalled all date codes of some of its energy drinks and sparkling water because they may contain tree nuts not listed on the label.

Malaysia

Nestlé shows consumers how to tell fake Milo after counterfeit bust

Milo’s supposedly biggest market, Malaysia, was dealt a scare over the weekend after thousands of packs of the exceptionally popular chocolate milk powder were seized by inspectors in Negeri Sembilan....

USDA group identifies actions to reduce STEC

A working group of the USDA-FSIS has identified six actions involving sanitary dressing to reduce Shiga Toxin producing E-coli (STEC) contamination.

Pesticide residues ‘clearly exceed’ legal limits in 1.5% of European foods

Pesticide residues in raw and processed foods clearly exceeded legal limits in 1.5% of European foods in 2013, according to a new assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

India

India plans to target ‘very serious issue’ of food adulteration

India has acknowledged the scale of its food adulteration epidemic and has pledged to take steps to stamp it out.

Briefing

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform

We are now in the third month of what could be a landmark year for food safety in China. 

News in brief

Lebanon tackles increase in foodborne illness

Lebanon has stepped up food safety monitoring after an increase in foodborne illnesses.

NZ dairies threatened with infant formula 1080 poison contamination

Police in New Zealand are investigating a threat to contaminate infant formula with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) in an "apparent protest" over its use as a pest control poison.

USDA extends pathogen reduction comment deadline but will not delay actions

The USDA-FSIS has extended the comment period for proposed standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken, turkey products and raw chicken parts.

China

ConsumerLab takes its ingredient safety reports to China

ConsumerLab.com (CL) has launched a Chinese-language service, cn.ConsumerLab.com, to help consumers in China evaluate the safety of food products.

'More than 99%' of US raw milk samples free of drug residues: FDA survey

The Food and Drug Administration has reiterated its confidence in the safety of the US milk supply, after veterinary drug residues were found in just 0.78% of tested samples.

China

Chinese authorities plan 22-month crackdown on food safety

China’s most powerful prosecutor will crack down on crimes involving food, drugs and environmental practices over the next 22 months, the Supreme People's Procuratorate has announced.

FDA reveals reasons for not meeting FSMA mandate

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not planning to meet the number of foreign food inspections mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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