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UK medicines regulator slams door on herbal food supplements

Botanical food supplements deemed medicinal have less than six months to achieve herbal medicines status or be removed from shelves in the UK – but the sector says the law...

BPA sales to approach $19bn by 2019

Despite frequent calls from government leaders, researchers and advocacy groups to ban bisphenol A, demand for the chemical (frequently found in food packaging) continues to rise.

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FSA warns dairy farmers about sourcing

Dairy farmers are being warned not to add milk from other sources into their supply by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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Mettler Toledo joins OMAC

Mettler Toledo has joined the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) and its Product Inspection Division will participate in OMAC’s Packaging Workgroup (OPW).

Roadmap navigates FDA label changes

Food Label Compass, a joint project by FoodMinds, Nutrition Impact and EAS Consulting Group, helps food firms navigate sweeping changes to US labeling requirements.

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CFIA takes action against Quebec firm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the operating licence of Salaison Levesque for failing to put in place required measures to ensure safe production of meat products.

Scotland to bolster food safety laws after horsemeat furore

Scotland is to strengthen its food safety laws in response to the findings of two reports focussing on the horsemeat fraud.

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Elisabeth Hagen: Preventing foodborne illness has been a real priority

Elisabeth Hagen is to leave the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) after three years.

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Canada expands food safety network

Canada has expanded its food safety surveillance system to help prevent foodborne illness.

Revised food code aims to tackle foodborne illness

Revisions to minimum cooking temperatures and stronger cleaning and sanitising requirements have been added to the US 2013 Food Code.

EU sets new levels for acrylamide investigation

The European Union has set new levels for acrylamide in foods, above which companies and governments should investigate ways to cut the potential carcinogen.

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FSANZ appeals for listeria info

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) wants submissions on L. monocytogenes growth in ready-to-eat foods.

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Thermo Fisher seeks New Zealand clearance for $13.6bn deal

Thermo Fisher Scientific has applied to the New Zealand Commerce Commission as part of its deal to acquire Life Technologies Corporation for $13.6bn.

Iceland’s restrictions on fresh meat imports breaches law

Icelandic legislation on the importation of fresh meat from European Economic Area (EEA) states is in breach of the law, according to the European Fair Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority.

EPA settles air quality and improper chemical storage violations

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled two cases relating to air quality and another for improper storage of chemicals in three separate incidents.

US BSE decision welcomed by EU

The European Commission has welcomed a move from the US to bring legislation in line with international standards for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

New Zealand and China set up joint food safety panel

China and New Zealand have agreed to strengthen cooperation in food safety and quality, three months after the Fonterra botulism scare negatively disrupted booming food links between the two countries.

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Kraft Foods recalls string cheese in US over ‘premature spoilage’

Kraft Foods is recalling approximately 735,000 cases of Kraft and Polly-O brand string cheese varieties in the US over concerns that the products may spoil before their ‘Best When Used...

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County Edge Dairy pays for water violations

County Edge Dairy Inc. has been hit with a penalty for wastewater violations at a facility in Iowa.

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Fish out of water as CFIA suspends licence

Canadian Smoked Fish (1994) Inc., has had its operating licence suspended over food safety concerns.

Multivac set for EU Food Information Regulation changes

Multivac is preparing for changes in the Food Information Regulation, which will become effective in December 2014.

Proposed regulation overhaul could cost industry, FSA warns

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has invited comments from industry on proposals to overhaul food inspections across Europe, including how they are funded.

Europen 20th anniversary in Brussels

In pictures: Unilever and Coca-Cola Hellenic debate packaging

Coca-Cola Hellenic, Unilever and an NGO were among the panellists debating sustainability at Europen’s 20th anniversary event on packaging in Brussels on October 9.

Producer behind salmonella outbreak to stay open

A poultry producer tied to a multi-state salmonella outbreak will remain open, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

EUROPEN 2013: Exclusive interview with MD Virginia Janssens

EU packaging 10-year review will see dramatic changes

The EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, which sets recovery and recycling targets for EU Member States, must increase EPR (extended producer responsibility) scheme transparency and focus on minimizing post-consumer...

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