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This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food regulation, legislation and worker safety. Worker injury and safety cases, updates on all things Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) act related and ammonia, carbon monoxide or other potentially hazardous substances leaking or spilling can be read under this tab. 

FDA sees the light on label-less food marking

Laser Application Technologies has received a thumbs up from the US Food and Drug Administration for its Natural Light Labeling system, designed to get rid of stick-on produce labels.

EFSA pesticides report shows more than half of crops contain ‘no measurable’ residues

An EU wide report on pesticides in food has found that more than 53% of the samples tested had no measurable trace of pesticide residues, while 1.1% of those tested...

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Tragic Kenya fake alcohol deaths show bootleg liquor problem

spiritsEUROPE says the tragic deaths of 80+ people in Kenya who drank bootleg spirits reportedly poisoned with methanol show why the large-scale problem of illicit alcohol should be tackled.

Kraft recalls 1.2m cases of cottage cheese

Cottage cheese under the Kraft Foods brand umbrella is being voluntarily recalled after ingredients were discovered to be stored outside of safe temperature parameters.

Heinz fined after engineer has hand sliced off

H J Heinz has been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,661 after an engineer severed his hand when it became trapped in an unguarded machine.

EFSA MGMT BOARD: "Bernhard will ...provide Europe with the best scientific advice to protect consumers from food-related risks..."

EFSA confirms Bernard Url as new chief

Doctor Bernhard Url is the new chief of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) after its management board confirmed the acting-chief as its next executive director this week.

Consumers are choosing more healthy packaged foods

The number of US shoppers considering health benefits when filling their carts with food and beverages has jumped in the past two years.

Star Snacks Co. fined for exposing workers to carbon monoxide

Star Snacks Co. has been fined $180,000 for wilfully exposing employees to carbon monoxide and dangerous noise levels.

Ammonia leaks shut down Maple Leaf plant

Two ammonia leaks have caused the shutdown and evacuation of a Maple Leaf Foods plant and sent one person to the hospital.

EU adopts new measures to limit cadmium in food

The European Commission has adopted new measures to reduce consumer’s maximum levels of exposure to cadmium in foods such as chocolate and infant formula.

Comment

Halal: Out of certification chaos comes criticism (and Islamophobia?)

The sensationalist media coverage around so called ‘stealth halal’ is only fuelled by the lack of certification harmonisation, Food Navigator’s Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn argues.

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Dairy processor hit with wastewater discharge penalty

Idaho Milk Products will pay a $170,000 penalty to resolve Clean Water Act violations related to the discharge of wastewater, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ITW launches ‘chameleon’ sanitation towels

Sertun hand and surface sanitation towels from ITW change colors to indicate when they contain insufficient sanitizing chemicals.

Plea agreement for former plant operations manager at PCA

The former plant operations manager at the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has pleaded guilty to seven counts related to an Salmonella outbreak five years ago which killed nine people.

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US agencies sign MOU for food safety and fraud prevention

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Coaching is crucial to food safety success

Alchemy Systems, Campden BRI, BRC Global Standards, the Safe Quality Foods Institute, and SGS have joined forces on a food safety study revealing key concerns shared around the globe, and...

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Poultry firm remedies Clean Water Act violations

The owner of a poultry site has agreed to remedy violations following an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspection.

Dataloggers are a hot ticket for pathogen prevention

Advanced tools for monitoring temperature of food products in processing environments, during transit, and at retail can keep dangerous foodborne illness from taking hold, according to CAS DataLoggers.

Pathogen testing fuels a need for speed

Saving time required to conduct pathogen tests means safer food and better operational efficiency, according to Romer Labs.

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Denmark and China sign food safety MOU

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding around food safety.

Cheese producer responds to FDA consent decree

A New York cheese producer hit with a consent decree of permanent injunction due to Listeria contamination has said it was unclear on what needed to be done to be...

Former poultry plant owner jailed for food safety breaches

The former owner of a poultry processing business has been jailed for four months and fined £8,000 for nine breaches of regulations.

Vivione receives LNO for pathogen test kit

Vivione Biosciences has received a Letter of No Objection (LNO) for its RAPID-B non-O157 Shigatoxigenic group of E.coli (STEC) test kit.

Keep calm and carry on with your safety plan

Minimizing risk from foodborne illness is a matter of crafting an effective safety plan, and maximizing control along the supply chain, according to one expert.

Deluge of questions on EU label regulations

Clients’ queries on upcoming EU labelling regulations will dominate Melanie Ruffell’s appointment as a principal food law advisor at Campden BRI. 

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