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Icelandic meat checks violate EEA law

Icelandic legislation requiring meat product imports to undergo an authorisation procedure contravenes EEA law, according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

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American consumer group demands USDA protection from Australian meat

A consumer rights group in the US has called on its country’s regulators to review and possibly revoke Australia’s meat inspection process, calling it an inherently flawed system.

Sri Lanka lifts temporary ban on Fonterra milk powder sales

Sri Lanka has lifted a temporary ban on the sale of three batches of Fonterra milk powder after "no food safety or quality issue" was identified during tests....

Appeal sees penalties reduced at chicken processing site

A judge has reduced the proposed penalty issued to a chicken processor by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

‘There is a big gap in food safety - why should people trust FCMs if they don’t trust pesticides’

Consumers are buying more organic food because of a mistrust in pesticides but the irony is there are more contaminants in Food Contact Materials which they are unaware of.

Nestlé: Is there a role for in silico toxicology in the safety assessment of packaging?

Nestlé is working with ILSI (International Life Sciences Institute) Europe, the University of Parma and its in-house Chemical Food Safety Group on in silico toxicology in the safety assessment of...

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CFIA suspects tampering in potato contamination

A possible food tampering incident involving metal has prompted the withdrawal of potatoes from Linkletter Farms, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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Dairy fined after Clean Water Act violations

E&M Farms Inc. has agreed to pay a $7,500 civil penalty to settle violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its dairy site.

An 'essential' early warning tool: the role of environmental monitoring programs

The importance placed on environmental monitoring has changed over the last decade, according to AIB International, an association which provides food safety inspections, audits and certifications.  

Sri Lanka suspends sale of Fonterra milk powder batches over illnesses

Sri Lanka has suspended the sale of three batches of Fonterra-made Anchor milk powder after complaints of illness in children.

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Scholarships for food safety education conference

The Partnership for Food Safety Education is offering scholarships for students to attend its conference later this year. 

'Jacked Power' pre-workout supplement under investigation following woman’s brain haemorrhage

Doctors investigating a Swedish woman’s brain haemorrhage have pointed the finger at the pre-workout food supplement Jacked Power – warning that the event could have been triggered by ingredients chemically...

Losurdo Foods settles with EPA over pollutant discharges

Losurdo Foods has agreed to upgrade its cheese manufacturing equipment to reduce the amount of pollutants it discharges.

Bakery fined after employee breaks arm in dough mixer

Newform Holdings Pty has been fined AUS$9,000 after an employee’s arm was broken when it was trapped in a dough mixer.

FDA launches food safety challenge

FDA: We have a lot of answers, but not all of them

The US Food and Drug Administration is asking for potential breakthrough ideas on Salmonella in fresh produce with a total prize pool of $500,000.

'Three-headed dog’ on factory floor to detect contaminants

Combining three functions into one machine optimises investments and saves space on the factory floor, says Interfood Technology, as it introduces the Sparc Cerberus 420. 

FDA unveils four revised FSMA rules

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing changes to four rules as part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA).

Control system for fishery products in Ireland has ‘gaps’ - FVO

The control system for fishery products In Ireland covers the production chain but is not always consistently applied, according to a Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) audit.

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EU updates products on border check list

The EU is to modify the list of feed and food of non-animal origin subject to different levels of official controls from next month.

Peanut Corporation of America officials found guilty

A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) employees in relation to a Salmonella outbreak which sickened almost 700.

Mineral oil migration key concern at ECMA/ProCarton Conference

Mineral oil migration, the EU Commission Circular Economy and its Packaging and Packaging Waste directive were key concerns at The ECMA (European Carton Makers Association) and ProCarton Conference in Sorrento,...

Convenience is key - but what does this mean for food safety?

Convenience-driven consumers also expect higher food quality and more adventurous options, says the Cofresco Forum.

Eagle and AIS join forces to offer meat fat analysis service

Eagle Product Inspection has partnered with Advanced Inspection Services (AIS) to offer meat manufacturers fat analysis on a contract basis. 

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Ecolab develops foam technology for food and beverage hygiene

Ecolab and Danish company Nilfisk Food have developed a line of foam dispensing equipment for the food and beverage industry called Hybrid.

Commission hopes horse ‘passports’ will stop food fraud

Member states have endorsed European Commission proposals to tighten identification rules for horses as part of post horsemeat scandal efforts to clean up food chains.

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