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US review gleans ideas from European food safety reforms

A US review has looked to some of the most effective European food safety systems for ideas on how to make the American system more effective.

MEPs vote to exclude clone produce from novel foods

Food from cloned animals must be excluded from draft legislation on ‘novel foods’, Environment Committee MEPs said yesterday - in direct opposition to a position adopted by EU environment ministers...

Four countries gatekeepers of EU food safety: study

Italy, Germany the UK and Spain “take the lion’s share of protecting and policing EU” food safety as they are responsible for almost 60 per cent of notifications under...

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CFSAN director to leave FDA

Stephen Sundlof has stepped down as head of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), after 16 years with the FDA, to take up an assignment with the...

FDA seeks industry comments on food safety during transport

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on establishing guidance intended to reduce the risk of food contamination during transportation.

Noni firm wins third EU novel foods approval

The status of the noni plant as a novel food ingredient has been boosted with the manufacturer, Tahitian Noni, last week receiving its third European Union Novel Food approval for...

Monsanto asks Supreme Court to lift alfalfa planting ban

Monsanto has asked the US Supreme Court to end a ban on planting of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa that was instigated due to environmental impact concerns back in 2007.

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Evira prepares for food risk focus

Finland’s Evira is preparing for its Finnish Food Conference on 4 May, which will address issues of food risk assessment, risk management and risk communication.

EFSA lowers ADI for food colour in re-evaluation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in adoption of opinions on three further food colours used in bakery and confectionery products, has confirmed intake levels for one colour, halved the...

Small businesses support exemption from food safety bill

A group of food and farming organizations has written to senators urging amendments to the Food Safety Modernization Act that would exempt smaller businesses from tracing and record-keeping requirements.


Groundhog Day for European health claims?

“Many in industry are pinning their hopes on EFSA showing them the light at the meeting, including the likes of Danone, which withdrew three probiotic immunity/digestive health article 13.5 claims...

EFSA issues guidance on antimicrobial substances for meat

New EU guidelines on the submission of dossiers for substances designed to eliminate microbial surface contamination of foods of animal origin have been published.

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FDA publishes guidance on egg safety rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance for small egg producers to help them comply with a rule that was published last year in an effort to reduce...

EFSA cuts melamine TDI by 60 per cent

The tolerable daily intake (TDI) for melamine has been cut by 60 per cent after new research suggests the chemical may pose health risks at lower levels than previously...

EC revises restrictions on guar gum imports

Restrictions on guar gum imported from India into the EU have been revised on fears that the risk of dioxin contamination of the product remains too high.


Time for Europe to send bisphenol A into the sunset

Bisphenol A (BPA) is living on borrowed time. And not just in the United States but now in Europe too where mounting consumer hostility and scientific concern over its...

Kellogg’s sued over salmonella-tainted snacks

A Florida man has filed a federal lawsuit against the Kellogg Company, claiming it failed to warn consumers that some of its products could have been tainted with salmonella.

Australia ponders herbal product restrictions

The ongoing rethinking of the rules governing herbal products in Australia has highlighted more than 30 herbs for safety review, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

FDA food safety inspections and enforcement declining, auditors say

Federal inspections of food manufacturing facilities have declined over time, as have regulatory actions triggered by inspections, a government auditor reported on Wednesday.


Slimmer cans could lead to bigger waistlines

Soft drink makers could end up swallowing a £10m bill for no good reason by embracing the Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommendations for new slim-line 250ml drinks.

No safety concerns noted over OSA modified gum acacia

Gum acacia modified with n-octenyl succinic anhydride (OSA) is safe for use as an emulsifier in flavourings and in foods, finds the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) following a risk...

Nanotech disclosure may trigger R&D exodus from UK

A measure forcing food and packaging companies to submit details of nanotechnology research to a national database could trigger an R&D exodus from the UK, the Government has warned....

Denmark bans bisphenol A in food packaging for young children

Denmark has introduced a temporary ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in all food contact materials for young children amid fears the chemical could inhibit brain development.

Transition period granted after food contact additive withdrawal

The chemical triclosan has been formally withdrawn from a European list for use as a food contact material but plastic containing the substance can be marketed until late 2011, said Brussels.

Many states struggle with foodborne illness reporting

Many states are struggling to investigate and report foodborne illness outbreaks, according to research from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

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