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Egg exporters offered program to certify practices

A US program has being developed to certify exporters of egg-containing products to ensure they operate in adequate manufacturing practices and under sanitary conditions.

Lack of time hinders effective food safety training

Lack of time is the greatest barrier to providing effective food safety training, according to more than seven in 10 food and drink processors globally surveyed by Campden BRI.

BPA fears may hit metal packaging sector

Consumer fears about Bisphenol A (BPA) may compound the negative impacts on metal packaging in the next 10 years according to the latest study from market analyst Visiongain.

EFSA draws up priority list for food additive re-evaluation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called on food and drink manufacturers for information on the use of food additives, prioritising data on 15 colours and antioxidants for the...

Warning letters sent to two US seafood firms

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to two seafood firms for violations found after investigations.

Factory auditor highlights major hygiene and cleaning issues

Frequent line changeovers, confusion over chemical detergent use and cleaning schedules that aren't thought through properly are major causes of hygiene and cleaning failures in food factories.

Experts share scientific EDC issues in report

Scientific experts have outlined the focus on the level of evidence needed to characterise endocrine activity, according to a report from the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

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Triclosan under microscope in EU and US

Triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient used in some hand soaps in the food processing industry, is under the microscope again after a US Court of Appeal decision.   

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Campden BRI expert outlines cleaning trends

Lawrence Staniforth, contracts manager for UK institiute Campden BRI's Heat Resistance and Decontamination unit, talks to about its latest projects, and the current talking points, in the field of hygiene and...

Survey highlights food safety concerns

Consumers were most uneasy about animal cloning, genetic modification, irradiation, and nanotechnology among the new technologies used by the food industry, according to UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey results.

Man loses fingers in grain milling accident

A Northamptonshire grain firm has been fined after an employee lost three fingers and a thumb on the blades of a running mixer in another accident involving inadequately guarded machinery.

News in brief

EFSA delays BPA opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delayed the final adoption of its opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) from May until November this year.

Seafood safety on agenda for EU project

An EU project is aiming to assess the contamination risks for seafood from the marine environment and potential affects on human health.

Norway food and water quality lab needs financing shake-up, says EFTA

Norway must bring the financing of a laboratory that verifies the quality of drinking water and foodstuffs in line with state aid provisions, according to the European Free Trade Association...

FDA sends warning letters to two farms concerning drug residues

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two warning letters on the subject of illegal drug residue in the space of a week.

Porn industry ‘more responsible’ than food industry

The porn industry is ‘more responsible’ than the food industry when it comes to safety and recall issues, according to Dr Doug Powell, professor at Kansas State University in the...

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Spanish group campaigns for BPA ban in food contact materials

A Spanish non-profit health organisation has called for the country to draft legislation that bans bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials.

EFSA: new EDC tests will help assess risk

Internationally agreed testing methods for endocrine disruptive chemicals (EDCs) will become available shortly and will help with the risk assessment of them, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)....

Eagle swoops on meat quality analysis

Eagle Product Inspection is poised to launch meat quality analysis tools it hopes will help food processors crack down on contamination and lack of traceability in the supply chain.

Migration levels of antimicrobial packaging material found to be safe

The migration properties of an LAE–based antimicrobial food packaging material have been shown to be safe, according to research.  

Campden BRI forecasts promise of cold plasma

Food industry advisory body Campden BRI is exploring the effects of cold plasma technology on specific surfaces and microorganisms to help food manufacturers wage war on pathogens.

Seattle tofu firm loses food processing licence over sanitation violations

Seattle tofu and soy processor Chu Minh Corps has suffered the loss of its food manufacturing licence and a fine of $17,800 after repeated sanitation problems.

European Parliament backs stronger EDC regulation

The European Parliament has backed a proposal to list endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) as “substances of very high concern” under the REACH legislation.

Experts address ‘catastrophic threat’ of antibiotic resistance

Scientists and food packaging firms are tackling growing concerns over the threat posed by anti-microbial resistance in the food supply chain.

Berry Plastics placed in severe violator enforcement program by OSHA

Berry Plastics has been cited for six safety violations and placed in a severe violator enforcement program after a US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection.

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