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PCA officials sentenced to prison

Two former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) employees have been jailed for their roles in a 2009 Salmonella outbreak from peanut products.

Spanish traceability controls missed ‘serious, systematic deficiencies’ - FVO

While the Spanish competent authorities found some non-compliances in traceability of meat they did not detect a number of more serious, systematic deficiencies, according to the Food and Veterinary Office...

Highest failure rate for food samples from outside UK

Food from the UK was most frequently sampled however samples from outside had the highest failure rate, according to Northern Ireland's eighth food surveillance sampling report.

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Metal shavings prompt chicken recall

Sanderson Farms has recalled more than 550,000 pounds of chicken products due to possible foreign material contamination, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

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Japan and Portugal sign food safety agreement

Japan and Portugal have signed a memorandum of cooperation to work together on food safety.

China

Food safety violators could face new beefed-up economic restrictions

A tougher food safety law will come into effect in China next month to bring more stringent sanctions for violations, including economic penalties, while defending whistleblowers more stridently.

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FDA sounds warning on untreated juice

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against drinking untreated fruit juices.

PCA owner sentenced to 28 years for role in Salmonella outbreak

The former president of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has been jailed for 28 years for his role in a Salmonella outbreak linked to nine deaths.

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Bombay High Court upholds food safety law to ‘remedy evil’

India’s existing food safety laws serve a “pivotal role” in securing public health, Bombay High Court has ruled in a move that gives some rare good news the country’s beleaguered...

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DuPont gets AOAC validation extension for chocolate products

Enrichment protocols for milk chocolate and chocolate liquor samples using DuPont pathogen detection equipment have been validated by the AOAC.

Food safety discussed at workshops in Germany and Russia

Two events were held last week to discuss topics relevant to food safety.

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Ireland and China to co-operate on food safety

China and Ireland signed an agreement on food safety this week.

Halloumi and bread flours recalled on safety fears

Halloumi cheese and infused oils that could pose a serious health risk are among the products that have been recalled over the past week.

Case-by-case Nano assessment ‘not efficient long term approach’

The current case-by-case risk assessment of nanomaterials (NMs) is not the most efficient long term approach to ensure safety, according to a review which looked at regulatory approaches.

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Cargill to pay $110,000 civil penalty for Clean Air Act violations

Cargill will pay a $110,000 civil penalty over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its Vitamin E manufacturing facility in Eddyville, Iowa.

Reaction to FDA finalising 2 FSMA rules

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the first two final rules under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA).

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PURE ‘confident’ of success with FCN for produce

PURE Bioscience is to resubmit a Food Contact Notification (FCN) for its antimicrobial in produce processing and has estimated the market opportunity for such processing aids is in excess of...

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India could have new approvals process by next spring

India’s food regulator intends to have a new product approvals process set up within the next six months. 

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Validation secured for 3M L.mono assay

3M Food Safety’s molecular detection assay 2 - Listeria monocytogenes has received AOAC PTM validation.

Civil justice system provides food industry accountability – report

The civil justice system has become consumers’ most important protection against unsafe food, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

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Additional consumer complaints prompt expanded Kraft Heinz recall

Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of cheese slices after two new consumer complaints of choking in connection with a packaging issue.

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EPA resolves wastewater violations at dairy firms

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken action against three firms, including two dairy companies, for Clean Water Act violations.

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FSSAI looks to legal firms to form new regulatory guidelines

India’s food regulator has sought legal assistance to devise regulations that will govern product approvals, imports and procedures to issue guidelines. 

AFFI: FDA needs more funds to support FSMA but not through user fees

A coalition of more than 60 groups has called for additional US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) funding to come from the Congressional budget rather than new user fees.

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Bonduelle recalls corn due to Listeria

Bonduelle USA is recalling 9,335 cases of frozen corn because of Listeria monocytogenes findings.

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