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FDA guidance impacts canned food firms

Suggested changes to FDA regulations on canned foods could throw processors for a loop; an expert on such draft guidances shares the ins and outs with FoodProductionDaily.

Cheese firm fined as worker injured after forklift truck fall

A UK cheese manufacturer has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered leg and ankle injuries when he fell from the forks of a forklift truck.

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Packaging Corporation of America cited for repeat hazards

Packaging Corporation of America faces $66,000 in fines after two repeat violations of workplace safety standards were found during an inspection.

February Operational Efficiency Month

FPD to kick off February Operational Efficiency Month is launching its first online Operational Efficiency month for the Food & Beverage industry from February 3-28, 2014.

ARO Pistachios hit by FDA warning letter

ARO Pistachios Inc. has been hit with a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Maintenance program targets certified food firms

The Pacific Sunrise Ventures Gold Star Food Safety Maintenance Program is designed for HACCP- and GFSI-certified operations.

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Reynolds Consumer Products settles FTC charges

Reynolds Consumer Products has agreed to settle charges with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for falsely claiming participation in an international privacy program.

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Chilean university testing accredited for four years

A department of the Universidad de Santiago has been certified to run scientific tests in chemistry and microbiology.

Humane egg labelling is no yolk

Poultry industry standards outlined by Humane Farm Animal Care bring clearer, stronger definition to “free range” and “pasture raised” labelling.

Food processing firm fined $19k for ammonia leak

SunOpta Foods, a producer that specializes in organic packaged foods and ingredients, will pay $19K for failure to properly report an ammonia leak at its processing facility.

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Randox gets USDA backing for Ractopamine test

Randox Food Diagnostics has received US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for its Ractopamine screening products.

Free food safety training

Succeed Management Solutions and the Northwest Food Processors Association have teamed to launch a free, web-based tool to arm food professionals with valuable safety training.

MEPs call for tougher measures to fix food fraud

MEPs have called for extra measures to tackle food fraud following last year’s horse meat crisis, in a non-legislative resolution passed on Tuesday.

HACCP certification key to FSMA compliance

With regulations like the Food Safety Modernization Act requiring higher safety and sanitation standards, HACCP certification is an important step in ensuring an operation passes muster.

USP proposes monograph on specific bacillus coagulans probiotic strain

For the first time, the United States Pharmacopoeia is proposing a monograph on a probiotic organism as a food ingredient in the latest series of draft monographs put forward for...

FSMA rule specifies ways to cut risk of intentional food adulteration

FDA has published another proposed rule in the rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The rule spells out plans companies must have in place to defend against intentional adulteration...

CFIA gets lowest passing grade from USDA audit

Canada’s food safety system has been given the lowest audit rating that enables it to keep exporting food to the US.

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Cheese import licence cancelled

Beira Mar Importers Co. has had its cheese import licence cancelled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Tata Steel fined after worker’s hand crushed

Tata Steel has been fined £25,000 after a worker had his hand crushed in machinery at a site in South Wales.

Alfa Laval launches the RotaCheck

Tank cleaning equipment not chosen correctly

A ‘Tank Cleaning Systems’ subgroup created by the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) will meet at the VDMA in Frankfurt next month to discuss its guidelines.

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EU recommends stricter dioxins, furan and PCB control

The food industry must control the presence of dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) more accurately, according to a European Commission recommendation.

Terrell’s Potato Chip hit with $115,500 fine for repeated safety violations

Mid-sized snack player Terrell’s Potato Chip Company faces $115,500 in fines for new and recurring ‘serious’ safety hazards at its New York production plant.

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Salmonella processing aid approved

A food processing aid used against Salmonella has been backed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Growing regulation demands focus for food firms

Ensuring compliance with legislation is the main challenge and concern for food and beverage manufacturers.

Norway must improve enforcement of BSE laws

Norway’s bid to revise monitoring programmes for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been rejected.

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