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Cambridge conveyor lands halal certification

The company’s metal conveyor belts are the only ones in the US to be certified acceptable for food products consumed by observant Muslims.

ADM to pay $430,000 settlement for violations

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $430,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at five large oil storage facilities.

Clean scene: IAFP hones in on food safety

The International Association for Food Protection will feature workshops, presentations, and technologies for safety-minded professionals all along the supply chain.

USDA keeps existing line speed in poultry inspection rule

The maximum inspection line speed is to stay at 140 birds per minute for companies that opt into an updated poultry inspection rule by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Safety first: Partnership promotes food knowledge and industry growth

Elevate Canada and Alchemy Systems are joining to build the country’s food industry with job development and safety training.

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Bureau Veritas receives FSSC 22000 audit backing

Bureau Veritas Certification has received a license for certification audits against the FSSC 22000 standard’s Food Packaging Materials element.

spotlight on poultry processing after guardian investigation

How do you ensure food safety with tight margins and changing demand?

Poultry processing plants are not just talking about food safety: they are proactively looking to enhance measures throughout operations, says CMS Technology. 

US and Mexico align on produce safety

Food safety officials from the US and Mexico have announced plans to unite on increasing the safety of fresh and minimally processed foods.

"Fraudulent practices must be tackled to target the weakest links in the food supply chain": EU commissioner.

The horse meat 7: Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia test positive for horse DNA

Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia have all tested positive for horse meat labelled as beef in the latest round of DNA tests conducted by the European Commission....

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Inspectors shut down meat processing plant

Food safety inspectors have ordered the closure of a meat and poultry facility after inspectors found 136 different safety and sanitation violations at the site.

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Vivione Biosciences receives first AOAC certification

Vivione Biosciences has received Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) certification for its E. coli O157 and Non O157 STEC diagnostic tests for the RAPID-B platform.

China

Five arrested as meat scandal spreads to more international chains

As more American companies are embroiled in China’s latest food safety scandal, five people have been detained following a probe into a company that allegedly supplied stale meat to fast-food...

Six Evol Foods employees sickened by carbon monoxide

Half a dozen staffers at the company’s frozen food processing plant have been sickened by carbon monoxide emissions.

Sysco penalized $19.4m for unrefrigerated food storage

Food distribution giant Sysco has been ordered to pay nearly $20m in restitution for keeping perishable food in unrefrigerated storage.

COMMENT

Singing about foodborne pathogens is "Weird"

With his latest single, comedy genius "Weird Al" Yankovic has accomplished what is likely an industry first: climbing to the top of the charts with a song about foodborne pathogens....

Canada demands clearer nutrition labels

The Canadian government is proposing changes to its labels on food packaging to make the data more accessible and easily understood by consumers.

ConAgra cookie production goes nut-free

Lofthouse Cookies, a ConAgra Foods brand, has transitioned its main bakery to nut-free production to accommodate demand for allergen-free products.

Aspen withdraws S-26 follow-on formula over lizard contamination claim

A batch of S-26 Original Progress follow-on formula has been pulled from shelves in Australia after a consumer reported finding a dead lizard in a tin.

Lockout/tagout standard is most cited OSHA violation

Violation of lockout/tagout (LO/TO) rules was the most frequently cited infraction of an OSHA standard during 2012‒2013 in the food industry with penalties totaling more than $894,000.

China

China to champion food safety liability insurance

China’ s Food and Drug Administration has revealed that it is working on a food-safety liability insurance programme in high-risk industries, such as those involving dairy and meat products.

Pumped up: Mettler-Toledo metal detectors withstand tough food environments

Mettler-Toledo Safeline has introduced metal detectors designed to eradicate metal contaminants from a range of food products.

Fruit processor fined $135k for worker safety failings

Fresh From Texas has been cited for exposing workers to damaging noise levels, chemical and possible amputation hazards.

Aim high: Dynamic launches vertical food-grade conveyor

The vertical DynaClean Z conveyor is geared toward food operations needing to move product over significant heights.

Legislation to ban BPA could push America backward – NAMPA

Legislation to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from food and beverage containers could ‘push America backward in public health’, according to the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA).

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Continental Carbonic freezes food contaminants with dry ice

By eliminating water from the cleaning process, the company's dry-ice blasting technology avoids downtime and reduces the risk of harmful bacterial growth.

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