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Improved monitoring of two zoonotic diseases, EFSA

Two new reports aimed at harmonising the scrutiny and reporting of a pair of bacteria responsible for zoonotic diseases have been published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Life in a European health claims wasteland

Ka-CHING! Hear that? No it’s not the sound of overflowing cash registers as consumers throw endless wads of euros at scientifically-backed, healthy foods in greater numbers than ever before.

NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010 conference

Where now for EU health claims? The NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010 conference will unpick the problematic and controversial regulation.

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Clinical trials are EFSA’s fool’s gold

There’s gold to be found in them health claims mountains, but prospectors from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) must be happy with the little chunks that add up to...

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Tackling E.coli – legislation or self-regulation?

Everybody wants food to be safe - but the recent slugging match over how best to protect US consumers from E.coli-tainted meat highlights whether legislation or self-regulation is the answer...

FDA chief calls for stronger food safety bill

A bill to overhaul the food safety system needs to be stronger and incorporate more funding, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told a Senate committee hearing on...

Beef import rule change threat to Australian meat industry

Australia has announced it is to reopen its borders to beef imports from countries that have previously reported incidents of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

US meat industry failing on E.coli testing - Senator

The lack of corporate responsibility shown by the US meat industry in failing to follow its own guidelines over E.coli testing of ground beef has forced Congress to act, according...

EFSA not reconsidering new preservative ADI

EFSA has found no grounds to justify a re-evaluation of preservative ethyl lauroyl arginate following the presentation of new information on toxicology – even though its ADI is lower than...

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Thirty years of infant formula regulations

The pro-breast milk lobby is highlighting the fact it is 30 years since WHO and UNICEF-backed regulations came into play to control the content and marketing of baby milk formulas.

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Soda tax: A lot of froth over freedom

Is taxing soda really an evil plan to curb your individual freedom? Conspiracy theories aside, perhaps it’s simply a sensible scheme to tackle obesity when personal choice has failed.

Germany backs bisphenol A in baby bottles

Germany’s risk watchdog has become the latest official body to declare that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for “normal” use in baby bottles and should not be banned.

Indian PM calls for national food processing strategy

India urgently needs a national food processing policy which incorporates tax breaks for the sector, the nation’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a conference of state food processing ministers this...

USDA unites with FDA on new food safety rules

The US Department of Agriculture’s fresh produce chief has joined the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop new food safety rules, the departments announced in a statement on Monday....

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Bad day at the EU health claims office

October 1 was not a good day for many in the functional foods and food supplements business in the European Union as the meaning of life under a highly restrictive...

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Cellulase enzyme gets GRAS for beverages

The FDA has raised no objections to Florida-based Dyadic International’s GRAS application for it cellulase enzyme derived from a GM strain of its patented and proprietary C1 organism.

FSA opposes omega-3 claims that would ‘mislead consumers’

With the doors closed on an EC meeting due to decide the future of omega-3 nutrient content claims, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has suggested it opposes the proposed...

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The benefits of a probiotic witch hunt

Get your pitchforks ready! There are evil-doers out there! We’ve been conned: Probiotics don’t work. Dannon’s settling out of court, EFSA’s rejecting health claims, and the media is starting a...

Health Canada proposes allergen labeling for mustard

Health Canada has said it is developing new allergen labeling regulations, adding mustard as a priority allergen under proposals released by the agency on Monday.

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EU votes against bluefin tuna ban

 A proposal to temporarily ban international trade in bluefin tuna to allow stocks to recuperate suffered a blow this week, when member states voted against them.

Codex can unite Asian food regulations

The importance of the Codex Alimentaria in developing regulatory harmony in a region like Asia where rules differ so greatly, has been emphasised at a recent event hosted by the...

Industry applauds Canada’s C$75m food safety overhaul

The food processing industry in Canada has welcomed a move by the government to boost food safety in the country with a C$75m overhaul of the system.

BPA admission threatens crisis for Sigg

Sigg chief Steve Wasik has made a second apology over revelations that linings of company’s older water bottles contain bisphenol A - in a bid to stem mounting fury that...

Premier Foods forges cutting edge traceability deal

Premier Foods has devised a bespoke traceability system for its Hovis bread range in partnership with global supply chain firm Zetes.

FDA imposes 24hr deadline on food safety reporting

Legislation has come into force requiring food companies to report potentially dangerous products to the FDA within 24 hours of discovery.

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