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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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Traceability, tell-all genomics and authentication: The new reality for F&B litigation

Few short answers exist in the world of complex consumer food litigation. Arthur Miller, PhD, principal scientist and engineering and scientific consulting firm Exponent Inc., summed up three key industry...

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EFSA calls for experts to join scientific panels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has urged Europe's top scientists to 'make a difference' to the food safety system by joining its teams of risk assessment experts.


Hormel: Food sanitation is everyone's business

The cleanliness of a food operation should be a top priority to everyone in the industry, according to Hormel Foods.

Firm fined after worker injured by forklift truck

A UK packaging firm has been fined after a forklift truck reversed into a delivery driver’s leg, fracturing his ankle.

Fonterra fined NZ$300k for WPC food safety failings

Fonterra has been fined NZ$300,000 (US$256k, €187k) by a New Zealand court after admitting four food safety violations relating to last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) recall.

EFSA heats up debate on meat carcass regulations

Meat carcasses leaving the slaughterhouse could be transported at temperatures higher than the current regulations of 7°c, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). 

Court upholds country-of-origin meat labels

A US appeals court has ruled to keep in place regulations requiring country-of-origin labels on packaged meats.

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Invisible Sentinel has Salmonella assay approved

Invisible Sentinel’s rapid diagnostic test for the detection of Salmonella species has received certification from the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

EFSA report outlines recommendations for improved food additives model

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) plans to revise the tool used to estimate food additive intakes on the back of stakeholder feedback and updates of food consumption in its...

Food firm prosecuted after worker suffers crushed finger

Veetee Foods has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker’s hand was trapped by a sealing machine.

EFSA Board backs Bernhard Url to be new chief

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is backing Dr Bernhard Url to be its next executive director after its management board selected the acting chief from a shortlist.

Salmonella action plan ‘should be delayed’

US Congress members have called for a delay in the proposed Salmonella action plan because there is a ‘lack of evidence’ that it will reduce foodborne pathogens.

ConAgra faces $117k fine for safety violations

ConAgra Foods is facing a $117,000 fine after being hit with multiple safety violations at its Columbus-based flour mill.


FSIS fires back at inspector shortage charges

A New York Times article alleging staff gaps at the agency are causing a boom in food product recalls is not true, according to one FSIS leader.

EFSA BPA opinion backed by UK group

A UK scientific committee has backed the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) draft scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA).

Rejected nano labelling law goes back to square one

The question of how to define and label nano-scale ingredients will return to the drawing board, after the European Parliament rejected the Commission’s proposed regulation on Wednesday.

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CFIA cancels SD Trading licence

SD Trading has had its produce licence cancelled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

FDA shuts firm at centre of Listeria outbreak

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the registration of Roos Foods, which is at the centre of a Listeria outbreak linked to the death of one person,...

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Former dairy owner fined $75k for violations

The former owner of a US dairy has agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a proposed consent agreement.

dispatches from EU Food manufacturing and safety summit

BRC wants 'consistency and confidence' in audits

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has appealed for stakeholder feedback to help improve certification schemes.

Iceland falls short in poultry meat controls

Iceland needs to improve the official controls of poultry meat production, according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) surveillance authority.

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EFSA tribute after death of CEF panel chair

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has paid tribute to the chair of one of its panels who has died.

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Roka assay certified by AOAC

Roka Bioscience has had one of its pathogen detection assays backed from the AOAC Research Institute.

OSHA seeks comments on whistleblower rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an interim final rule for handling retaliation complaints under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Farm owner faces up to four years in prison

A farm owner has been sentenced to up to four years in prison for selling apple cider which caused an E.coli outbreak.

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