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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).

FDA roasted over irradiation petition handling

A US Congressional watchdog has slammed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a catalogue of failings over its handling of petitions to use irradiation on food.

Lawmaker confident US food safety law will pass in 2010

The US Congress will pass legislation to overhaul its outdated food safety system in 2010, a leading lawmaker predicted yesterday.

Judge denies immediate ban on GM sugar beets

A judge has denied an immediate ban on the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) sugar beets as it “would have a large detrimental effect on the United States’ domestic...

State House approves food safety bill

A bill providing tougher punishments for those who knowingly distribute or fail to report tainted food ingredients has been approved by the Georgia state House.

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Monsanto patent not valid for soybean meal, ECJ

The European Court of Justice has indicated that Monsanto’s patent on Roundup Ready soybean seeds does not also cover processed soybean meal in the EU, say reports.

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EFSA’s antioxidant rejections could be blessing in disguise

Timber! The latest axe blow from EFSA has fallen, and this time it has taken one of the biggest trees in the nutrition forest: Antioxidants. But let’s not mourn...

FDA should improve GRAS oversight, says GAO

The FDA needs to improve its oversight of GRAS (generally recognized as safe) food ingredients, claims a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Acrylamide could get prop 65 for reproductive harm

California health officials have proposed that acrylamide, the suspected carcinogen produced during the cooking of certain foods, should be listed as a known reproductive toxicant.

Industry backs EFSA review of non-plastic food contact materials

Leading industry bodies have endorsed a proposal by European safety chiefs to evaluate the safety of non-plastic food contact materials such as inks, coatings and adhesives.

EFSA to examine safety of non-plastic food contact materials

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set up an expert panel to evaluate the safety of non-plastic food contact materials such as inks and adhesives.

Study warns of future threats to food safety

Experts from Unilever, the Food Standards Authority (FSA), National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) have mapped out future threats to food safety and strategies to tackle them in...

Manufacturers lack sufficient product recall cover

Typically less than 10 per cent of food manufacturers have product recall insurance, with the majority relying on traditional product liability cover, according to insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT).

FDA requests $4bn budget to ‘transform’ food safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested $4.03bn for food safety and public health promotion as part of President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget – a 23 percent increase on...

EU steps up border controls to boost food safety

The European Union said measures to step up border controls on a range of imported foods of non-animal origin in a bid to boost food safety came into effect yesterday.

Industry views sought on baby milk ingredients

Feedback from manufacturers is being sought on new standards being proposed for inclusion in the Food Chemcials Codex (FCC) which aim to ensure the quality and enhance the safety of...

US trade group 'cautiously optimistic’ over Russia poultry ban

As the Russian ban on US poultry imports enters its second week, a leading trade body has expressed guarded optimism that up-coming governmental talks between the countries would resolve...

EU updates recycled plastic process register for packaging

The European Union has updated its register of applications of processes to produce recycled plastic for use in food contact materials.

EFSA approval for two food contact substances

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered positive opinions on two substances for use in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) food contact materials.

UK flags new rules to strengthen meat traceability

New supply chain regulations designed to beef up the ‘farm to fork’ traceability of cattle, sheep and goats sent to slaughter will come into force in the UK from the...

Tyson clashes with FDA over 'serious violations'

Tyson Foods has challenged an FDA-assessment that one of its Texas food processing plants had committed “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.

News in brief

China lifts Canadian pork ban

China has reopened its borders to imports of Canadian pork, although its ban on live swine is still in place, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

EFSA evaluates previous cargoes of food transport ships

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued its opinion on the acceptability of a number of substances as previous cargoes for the transport by sea of edible fats and...

UK poultry industry struggles to comprehend EU judgement

UK poultry processors have been plunged into confusion after EU rules were passed banning the sale of defrosted ‘poultrymeat’ and ‘poultrymeat preparations’ sold as chilled product, reports sister title Food...

New cleanliness guidelines for herbal products

Promoting the responsible trade in herbal products and improving the service to consumers are the twin goals behind new guidance policies on microorganisms and mycotoxins and heavy metals from the...

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