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Kettle Chips recalls UK products over plastic contamination fear

Kettle Foods has recalled a number of packs of its Kettle Chips in the UK over fears they may contain pieces of plastic.

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New Singapore food regulations come into effect

Amendments to Singapore’s food regulations have now come into force, according to a circular from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore. 

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Prediction: China to have world’s safest infant formula in a decade

In the next decade, China will have the safest infant formula available anywhere—just 10 short years after China's melamine scandal (writes Paul O’Brien of Chemlinked). 

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Two food safety memorandum of understandings signed

Two different memorandum of understandings have been created around food safety.

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NZ assessing next step to reduce cases of campylobacter

The New Zealand food safety minister has said that the country’s campylobacter strategy is being reviewed to achieve further reductions in levels of the food-borne bacterium in chicken.

Philippines and New Zealand establish food safety pact

The Philippines has signed an agreement with New Zealand to strengthen co-operation in food safety between the countries.

German researchers claim plasticisers in food packaging causes weight gain

Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Integrated Research and Treatment Centre (IFB) at the University Hospital of Leipzig, Germany, claim plasticisers (phthalates) can cause weight gain....

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KKR’s deal for LGC gets South African approval

The South African Competition Commission has approved without conditions KKR’s intention to acquire LGC.

44.9% of food samples fail Lucknow safety tests

Almost 45% of the 289 samples collected by the Food Safety and Drugs Administration laboratory in Lucknow failed food safety testing in the final nine months of 2015.

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Authorities investigate illegal use of poppy seeds by restaurants

Dozens of restaurants have been investigated for the addition of poppy capsules and other illegal ingredients to food following a nationwide sting by China’s food safety regulator.

Roos Foods pleads guilty to charges brought after Listeria outbreak

Roos Foods has pleaded guilty to violating federal laws in connection with an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) from cheese in 2014.

German firm at centre of Salmonella outbreak can sell eggs again

The firm linked to an EU-wide outbreak of Salmonella in 2014 from eggs has been permitted to bring products back to market.

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Fruzio: ‘We know that we have to rebuild your trust in the brand’

Fruzio Mixed Berries implicated in five cases of Hepatitis A are back on sale after product testing failed to find the virus.

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Shanghai officials trial new ‘instant testing system’ for adulteration

A pilot programme to weed out the presence of illegal additives is being carried out in Shanghai by food safety officials.

Dutch authorities name 1800 firms that bought from horsemeat trader

The Dutch food safety authority has released a list of 1800 companies that bought meat potentially contaminated with horsemeat, following a court ruling requiring it to make the information public...

Multisorb receives GFSI FSSC 22000 certification

‘Color is one of the most important factors that influence consumer’s buying decisions’

Multisorb Technologies, which makes sorbent products, such as desiccants, moisture regulators and oxygen absorbers to extend shelf life has received a (Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) FSSC 22000 certification for...

Australia

Fsanz seeks submissions on GM corn and irradiated food labelling

The antipodean food regulator has called for opinions on a genetically modified corn line and released a consultation paper on the existing labelling requirements for irradiated foods.

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Sweden identifies focus areas for safe food

Sweden has identified four key areas between all authorities involved in the food chain to ensure safe products.

FSSAI sets out tougher regulatory red tape for imports

India’s food regulator has introduced stricter requirements across a number of food safety logistical practices in a bid to prevent sub-standard products from entering the country.

Bulgarian controls for FNAO subject of FVO audit

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has looked at primary production in Bulgaria as part of a series of audits prompted by the number of outbreaks and RASFF notifications.

EFSA panel says UV-treated milk is safe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has delivered its opinion on ultra-violet (UV)-treated milk, and it concludes that the dairy product is...

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HMI investigaton leads to fine for wholesaler

A wholesaler has been fined for selling rotten fruit and vegetables, following an investigation by the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI).

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EU funding to combat zoonoses to protect human health

The EU has made €161m available for programmes to eliminate animal diseases and zoonoses and strengthen protection of human health.

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Evonik constructs production plant for specialty copolyester

Evonik Industries is building a production plant for specialty copolyesters, at its Witten site, in Germany, scheduled for completion in 2018.

Italian health ministry cracks down on use of activated charcoal in 'black bread'

Italian health chiefs have taken a tough stance on the use of activated charcoal in baked goods – banning bakers from describing such products as bread and clamping down on...

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