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FDA rule on feed, animal food transport sees welcome updates

Revisions within the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rule on the safe transport of feed and food are supported by the feed sector.

FDA finalises FSMA rule for food safety during transport

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule to help prevent food contamination during transportation.

USDA proposes eliminating ‘redundant’ trichinae control requirements

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is proposing a rule to eliminate what it called ‘redundant’ trichinae control requirements for pork products.

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Shanghai expands blacklist to incorporate stricter penalties

Food regulators will expand Shanghai’s food and drug blacklist to include individuals and companies that are found to use expired materials in food production, in a move prompted by recent...

6 NGOs file lawsuit against US FDA over perchlorate in plastic packaging

Six public health and environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a petition restricting the use of perchlorate in food packaging.

Painted olives, monkey meat & fertiliser sugar: Europol's global food fraud crackdown

From olives painted with blue copper sulphate to monkey meat and sugar laced with fertiliser, Europol and Interpol have seized 10,000 tonnes of fake food in their biggest global operation to date....

Aldi and Happy Shopper snacks recalled over production hygiene fears

A raft of baked and snacking products sold by businesses including retailer Aldi and wholesaler Booker in the UK have been recalled over fears they were produced in unhygienic conditions.

Hot on the heels of Campbell Soup Company non-BPA liners for cans

‘Significant progression’ as Del Monte Foods converts to non-BPA packaging

Hot on the heels of Campbell Soup Company’s announcement that it is switching to BPA-free lined cans by 2017, Del Monte Foods, has revealed this week it is converting to...

Campbell Soup Company BPA Reaction

‘It should not come as a surprise consumer activists are growing impatient with brands’

Comments have been flooding in from consumer groups and industry associations following the announcement that Campbell Soup Company will switch to BPA-free lined cans by 2017.

Bangladesh gets new regulator to oversee revised food safety law

Bangladesh’s new food safety regulator will commence operations in April with a brief to prevent the production and sale of adulterated food items, the country’s food minister has announced. ...

‘The transition has taken longer than anticipated’

Campbell Soup Company to switch to non-BPA lined cans in 2017

Campbell Soup Company has announced it will move to cans which do not use Bisphenol A (BPA) linings by the middle of 2017.

Agr International: ‘Southern Asia is one of the fastest growing packaging markets’

Agr International, which develops and manufactures laboratory and on-line testing/quality control devices for containers and similar products, has opened a Service Center in Bangkok, Thailand.   

Unsanitary conditions alleged at Native American Enterprises

A civil complaint has been filed against Native American Enterprises (NAE) seeking to close it due to food safety concerns.

Interpol assists in uncovering illegal fishing investigation

Six people have been arrested and a further 13 are under investigation after a Spanish investigation into illegal fishing.

EBRD and FAO supporting Georgia dairy sector

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are joining forces to support Georgia’s dairy sector.

Molson Coors fined for river pollution

Molson Coors Brewery (UK) has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £30,000 for polluting a river.

Stricter and expanded BPA regulation proposed in Europe

Regulation on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in Europe could be strengthened by 2017.

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Food among most intercepted in WCO operation

Foodstuffs were among the largest categories of products intercepted during a World Customs Organization (WCO) operation in the Asia/ Pacific (A/P) region.

Irish diet shows signs of chemical exposure, warns FSAI

The typical diet in Ireland shows worrying signs that consumers could be at risk from exposure to chemicals such as lead, aflatoxins and acrylamide, according to a study by Food...

EFSA issues food crisis communication guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published recommendations to ensure ‘consistency and coherence’ when communicating with external parties during a crisis.

China first soil pollution law due in 2017

Having declared war on pollution in 2014, Beijing is hoping to pass China’s first law to govern soil contamination next year to curtail damage caused by decades of industrial growth...

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TV sting prompts official investigation into leading food delivery app

China’s most popular food delivery app has found itself at the centre of a television exposé amid claims that its service breaches food safety laws and faces fines pending an...

Viruses, nanomaterials and MALDI-TOF on ANSES agenda

Foodborne viruses, yeasts and moulds, nanomaterials and development of MALDI-TOF are focus areas for the French food safety authority this year.

‘Major deficiencies’ in USDA testing program - Pew

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program designed to protect consumer has ‘major deficiencies’, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Malaysian health inspectors to probe bamboo chopsticks for chemicals

Malaysian officials will study disposable chopsticks to determine whether they pose risks to public health.

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