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Operation Opson IV was a joint Interpol and Europol investigation

Thousands of tonnes of fake food and drink seized

More than 2,500 tonnes of counterfeit and illicit food have been seized in 47 countries as part of a joint Interpol and Europol operation.

Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies face heavy metal chocolate lawsuit

Non-profit As You Sow has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law.

Sentences revealed in oyster overharvest trial

Four people have been sentenced in relation to overharvesting, unreported and illegally possessed oysters, said the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Tomato peeling machine had no guards in place

Sun-Brite Foods fined $70k after worker partially amputates foot

An Ontario, Canada court has levied a $70,000 fine against tomato processor Sun-Brite Foods, after a seasonal cannery worker was seriously injured while cleaning the plant.

Tofu firm stops operating after FDA findings

Fong Kee Tofu has agreed to stop operating at least until the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finds improvements.

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Senator pushes for customer notification during recalls

A US senator has proposed legislation that would require stores to improve customer notification during a recall.

FVO finds ‘significant improvements’ during Ukrainian dairy audit

Significant improvements on the production and processing of dairy products to the EU have been made in Ukraine, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

FDA budget request outlines priorities in FSMA implementation, increased inspections

The budget request from the White House for the Food and Drug Administration is part of President Obama’s overall budget that will not see the light of day.  Nevertheless, the...

TTIP threatens EU food safety and animal welfare standards, claim NGOs

The EU-US trade deal currently under negotiation in Brussels may threaten animal welfare and food safety in Europe, a coalition of NGOs has claimed in a new report.

CCTV for slaughterhouses offers benefits for food chain - FAWC

CCTV should be installed in all areas where animals are kept, stunned and killed, according to a Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) opinion.

Obama: Single agency would provide primary voice on food safety standards

US president Barack Obama has proposed a single food safety agency as part of budget plans submitted to Congress.

Senator Richard Durbin and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro introduce Safe Food Act 2015

Single food safety agency aim for legislation

Legislation to create a single food agency has been proposed with the current system branded as ‘hopelessly fragmented and outdated’.

Highly pathogenic H5N8 found in turkeys

First US case of avian flu in commercial poultry reported in California

The first US finding of avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock this year was reported by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)...

Benefits and risk balance of eating fish must be by country - EFSA

Each country needs to set its own consumption guidelines based on assessing the risk from methylmercury against the health benefits of fish.

Goal: Prevent 50k illnesses each year

FSIS seeks 30% reduction in Salmonella and Campylobacter via new standards

Taking the next step in its Salmonella Action Plan, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and...

EFSA: BPA poses no risk

Bisphenol A (BPA) poses no health risk to consumers of any age group, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Consultation on proposed updates runs until 20 February

MPI looks at upping food safety fees

Feedback on changes to fees around food safety and biosecurity, including some increases, is wanted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

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Food Standards Scotland jumps final hurdle

The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up a stand-alone body in the country has passed into law.

'Need for improved risk communication' to consumers on raw milk: EFSA

The risks associated with drinking raw milk should be better communicated to consumers, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended.

Senator urges FDA action on insanitary conditions

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violations are ‘far too private’ and punishments are ‘far too lax’, according to a US Senator.

Police investigate Cali bakery over drug-laced bread

Police have launched an investigation into a Californian bakery that was shut down after bread containing drugs sickened more than 30 consumers.

DuPont hit with fine for air pollution violations

DuPont has been fined $531,000 for alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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‘Urine deep trouble!’ – UK conman prosecuted for fake whisky sale

A UK conman has been prosecuted for trying to sell bottles of vodka and whisky that he had refilled with urine and even laced with faeces.

Pecan Deluxe Candy fined after worker loses thumb

UK based confectioner Pecan Deluxe Candy has been fined after an employee’s thumb was severed by an unguarded chocolate hopper at the company’s factory.

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IFC promotes food safety standards in Azerbaijan

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Azerbaijan’s National Confederation of Entrepreneurs are raising awareness of benefits from modern food safety systems.

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