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EFSA issues food crisis communication guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published recommendations to ensure ‘consistency and coherence’ when communicating with external parties during a crisis.

China first soil pollution law due in 2017

Having declared war on pollution in 2014, Beijing is hoping to pass China’s first law to govern soil contamination next year to curtail damage caused by decades of industrial growth...

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TV sting prompts official investigation into leading food delivery app

China’s most popular food delivery app has found itself at the centre of a television exposé amid claims that its service breaches food safety laws and faces fines pending an...

Viruses, nanomaterials and MALDI-TOF on ANSES agenda

Foodborne viruses, yeasts and moulds, nanomaterials and development of MALDI-TOF are focus areas for the French food safety authority this year.

‘Major deficiencies’ in USDA testing program - Pew

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program designed to protect consumer has ‘major deficiencies’, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Malaysian health inspectors to probe bamboo chopsticks for chemicals

Malaysian officials will study disposable chopsticks to determine whether they pose risks to public health.

Food and drink recalls jump, according to RPC research

Food and drink recalls significantly increased in 2014/15, according to a London-based law firm.

Opportunity knocks for Michelman following Nestlé compliance

Michelman coatings, printing & packaging has received compliance with Nestlé for its DigiPrime 4431, DigiPrime 050, DigiPrime 680, and Michem In-Line Primer 030 printers.

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Nestlé recalls products in US and Canada due to glass contamination

Nestlé Canada has recalled two batch codes of Delissio Pizza due to potential glass contamination.

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Constellation Brands recalls Corona Extra due to glass concerns

Constellation Brands has recalled Corona Extra 12-packs and 18-packs of 12 ounce clear bottles in the US and Guam as they may contain particles of glass.

IARC urges action against mycotoxin contamination in developing countries

The problem of mycotoxin contamination in developing countries has been ‘ignored for too long’ and it is time to ‘turn science into action’, according to the director of an organisaton...

EU delays glyphosate decision amid cancer concerns

The European Commission delayed making a decision on glyphosate yesterday as four member states, including the EU Presidency-holding Netherlands, said they would vote against renewing Monsanto's licence, leaving campaigners claiming...

Märkische Faser files EFSA safety request for NGR technology

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has received a request from the German Competant Authority for a safety evaluation of Märkische Faser’s recycling process using NGR (Next Generation Recycling) technology....

FDA calls for info on produce treated with BSAAO

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling for help to create a risk assessment for foodborne illness associated with pathogens from produce.

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FDA analysing Salmonella contamination in retail packages of spices

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working through data from a two-year study on the presence of Salmonella in retail packages of spices.

Cheese firms plead guilty in separate cases

Three cheese companies have pleaded guilty to different charges in two separate cases, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Sprout producer shut due to food safety violations

A Virginia sprout producer has been shut down after a history of food safety violations.

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MPI issues raw milk safety reminder

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has said raw milk is a high risk food and it's important that consumers understand why.

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Food safety chief: FDA struggling to cope with scale of adulteration

China’s food authorities are unable to keep up with cases of chemical and drug adulteration, according to the head of its Food and Drug Administration.

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Unraveling the reasons behind Taiwan’s ban on GMOs in school meals

The regulation of GMOs in Taiwan is a complex story, as is the case worldwide, and the interplay of politics, science and business behind the scenes constantly modulates legislation, research...

Traceability from tree to table: Italy launches olive oil certification label

A certification label added to bottles of Italian extra virgin olive oil will combat fraud and allow consumers to trace their oil from tree to table, the Italian olive oil sector has...

NZ gets new food law, revised standards take effect across Australasia

New Zealand has implemented a new food Act this month, which places increased emphasis on manufacturers to take responsibility for managing food safety.

Weetabix recalls Oatibix Flakes over rubber contamination fear

Weetabix Food Company has recalled four batches of its Oatibix Flakes in the UK over fears they may contain pieces of rubber.

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Japan’s FSMA preparation subject of FDA delegation trip

Public seminars in Japan on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules drew the largest audiences to date, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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FDA identifies focus areas for requested funding

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it planned to focus on two areas as part of additional resources for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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